International Scientific Conference


Gândirea militară românească
Bucharest, National Military Circle, 6-7 November 2019


Colonel Adrian LESENCIUC, PhD is a Professor at „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy, vice-rector for scientific research and former president of the Senate of the Air Force Academy (2014-2017). His domains of interest are informational war and public relations and communications theory, all in the range of Information and National Security field of study. He completed his Doctorate degree at the „Carol I” National Defence University and his post-graduate studies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA). He is a founding member of the European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue (ESTIDIA) from Malmö, Sweden (2012).
Iulian CHIFU, PhD a prominent Romanian foreign policy analyst, is the President of the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, Romania and a former presidential security adviser. Professor at the „Carol I” National Defence University and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Mr Iulian Chifu is the author of the books “Reconstrucție postconflict” (Post-conflict Reconstruction) and “Gândire Strategică” (Strategic Thinking) and a regular analyst on the Adevărul online platform on issues related to politics and foreign affairs.
Antonia COLIBĂȘANU, PhD is a senior geopolitical analyst, focusing on strategic competitive intelligence analysis, currently holding the position of Chief Operating Officer at Geopolitical Future. She has joined Geopolitical Futures team as Senior Analyst in 2016, after working for more than 10 years with global analysis firm Stratfor in various positions, including Partner for Europe and Vice President for International Marketing. She works closely with bestselling authors George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan and served as Honorary Adviser to Romania’s Minister of Energy. Prior to joining Stratfor in 2006, Dr. Colibășanu held a variety of roles with the World Trade Center Association in Bucharest. Among other academic credentials, she holds a doctorate in international business and economics from Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies
Brigadier General Dragoș-Dumitru IACOB, PhD is Chief of the Doctrine and Training Directorate, ROU Defence Staff. Main previously assignments:  Commander of the 15th Mechanised Brigade “Podu Înalt”, from Iaşi, Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, Land Operations Component, Land Forces Staff, Deputy Chief of Training and Doctrine Branch, Land Forces Staff, Training Branch Head, 4th Infantry Division. He holds a PhD in Military Science and Intelligence (2014), „Carol I” National Defence University) and a Master’s degree in International Security and Strategy (2012). He is a graduate of the Royal College for Defence Studies, London, UK; and „Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu, Romania. He served abroad twice in the Afghanistan theatre of operations,
Lieutenant Colonel G.W. „Berry” PRONK, Royal Netherlands Airforce, is Subject Matter Expert, Surface Based Air & Missile Defence at the Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He joined the RNLAF in 1985. After graduating the Airforce Officers School, he got his training on the PATRIOT weapon system in Arnhem, the Netherlands and Hesepe in West-Germany. After fifteen years in tactical command positions, he moved to the trinational (USA DEU NLD) Headquarters Extended Air Defence Task Force in Burbach and later Heidelberg in Germany as Section Chief J3. From 2008-2011 he was the section chief AIR OPS at SHAPE’s J3 to be followed by an exchange position as Staff Officer at the German Air Force Forces Command in Cologne. After his assignment at the Royal Netherlands Army Command as Section Chief 3rd Dimension (Helicopter OPS, Joint Fires & GBAD) until 2017 he got his current assignment as SME SBAMD at the JAPCC. Lieutenant Colonel Pronk served in Eastern Turkey during Desert Storm 1991; Bosnia, Former Yugoslavia in 1997 as well as again Eastern Turkey during OIF in 2003.
Andrea GILLI, PhD is a Senior Researcher at the NATO Defense College in Rome where he works on innovation, technology and operations. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole (Florence, Italy), an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Turin (Italy). In the past, Mr Gilli also worked and conducted research for, or was associated with, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Preparatory Commission for the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (Vienna, Austria), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI, London, UK), the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC), the European Union Institute for Security Studies (Paris, France), the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies at the Columbia University in New York (NY), and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr Gilli’s work has been published in leading journals in his field such as International Security, Security Studies and the RUSI Journal.

Colonel Marius ŞERBEZSKI, PhD is Associate Professor at the “Carol I” National Defence University. Between 2008 and 2011, he was a staff officer at the Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, USA. His professional military education covers a wide range of courses attended at prestigious institutions such as: NATO School, Oberammergau, International Officers School at US Air University, “Carol I” National Defence University, NATO/PfP Regional Training Centre, Bucharest.

H.E. Cristian DIACONESCU, former Romanian Ambassador, minister of Justice (2004), and minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009, 2012) is currently professor of International Law, president of Foreign Affairs Centre and member of the United Nations Group of Eminent Persons for Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Armaments. He also has a rich teaching and scientific activity as a founding member of the National Defense College Foundation, associate member of the Jamestown Foundation, scientific secretary of the Association of International Law and International Relations, professor at the National Defense College and at the Law Institute and International Relations where he taught courses on European and Euro-Atlantic security and cooperation.
Iulian FOTA, PhD, is the director of the National Intelligence College and an associate professor at the National Intelligence Academy. He is a former  National Security Adviser to the President of Romania. He previously held the position of  the Head of the Defence Section of the Mission of Romania to NATO  and  Director of the National Defence College of Romania.The Educational background of Mr. Fota comprises a PhD in Political Sciences achieved at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, as well as the graduation of the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy and of the National Defence College in Bucharest, Romania. He is also a  member in the advisory council  of the American think-tank Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and in the  editorial board of the publications “Romanian Military History Magazine”, Bucharest, Romania  and „Journal of Transportation Security” edited by Springer Science+Business Media, Berlin, Germany.
Lieutenant Colonel Eric PINCZON du SEL is currently a Course Director and Instructor at the NATO School Oberammergau, Germany. His duties focus on Information Operations and Strategic Communications.  In addition, he supports other resident courses at the NATO School with lectures on those topics.  Lt Col Pinczon du Sel was commissioned in 1986 as an Armour officer. After having different responsibilities and held command in reconnaissance and tank battalions, he went back to University to study Russian and Ukrainian languages. At the Army Staff, he then took care of bilateral cooperation with post-Soviet states. Following a three-year deployment at NATO HQ, he then was assigned in different positions at General Staff level in Paris.

Rear Admiral (LH) Mihai PANAIT is Deputy Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces for Operations and Training. From 2009 to 2013, he served as commanding officer, frigate “REGELE FERDINAND”, which took part in multiple operations: Active Endeavour (2010), Unified Protector (2011), Atalanta (2012). Ashore, he performed duties as EOD and Force Protection operations officer within Naval Operational Component Command, deputy chief of staff for training, Fleet Command, of staff on the Fleet Command. A surface warfare officer by trade, he graduated from the “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Institute in 1991. His post graduation education includes Command Team Training Programme in Den Helder, NLD (2005), Naval Command College in Newport, Rhode Island, USA (2009), Joint Strategic Leadership Course in National Defence University ”Carol I”, Bucharest (2014), Combined Force Maritime Component Commanders Flag Course in Naples, Italy (2017).
Major General Iulian BERDILĂ was appointed as the Commander of Headquarters Multinational Division South-East on August 20th, 2019, previously being the Strategic Planning Directorate Chief (from September 2017). He holds a Master of Military Arts and Science degree in Theater Operations from the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies since 2005 and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College since 2014. His military education also includes the US Army Command and General Staff College in 2004, the US Army Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in 2000 and the US Army Officer Basic Course in 1996. MG Berdilă’s previous main command assignments include the 81st Mechanised Brigade Commander and the 2nd Infantry Battalion Commander. His operational experience includes deployments in Iraq, in 2006, as 2nd Infantry Division Coalition operations planner and in Afghanistan, as Battalion Commander with 1st Mechanised Brigade in Zabul Province in 2011.
Major General Vasile TOADER is Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Operations and Training. His main previous commanding positions were Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Command, Commander of the National Military Command Center, commander of the Air Operations Group at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, Chief of Operations at the Air Force Staff. He is a graduate of NATO Defence College, Rome, Italy, National Defence College, Bucharest, NATO Staff Officer Defense Planning Course, NATO School Oberammergau, Germany, NATO Air Operations Internship, Napoli, Italy, PfP orientation course and multinational exercise planning, PfP Center Ankara, Turkey.

H.E. Sorin DUCARU is currently the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen), and previously he was NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Risks. A Romanian career diplomat with a longstanding experience, he served as Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations (UN) – New York (2000-2001), ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States of America (2001-2006) and permanent representative of Romania to NATO (2006). He has been also involved in academic and scientific activity as guest lecturer at the NATO Defence College, Rome; Oxford University, UK; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA; Leiden University, NL and as associate professor at the Romanian National University for Political Studies and Public Administration.
General (r.) Teodor FRUNZETI, PhD is currently a professor at “Titu Maiorescu” University, in Bucharest and adviser at the National Security Department within the Presidential Administration, previously assuming command of Romanian Land Forces Staff (2006-2009) and “Carol I” National Defence University (2009-2014). His professional background includes also various positions within The Romanian Army General Staff and operational HQs. He graduated the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA (1998), NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy (2005), European Center for Security Studies “George C. Marshall” (2006). Since 2007, he holds a PhD from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration.
Silviu NATE, PhD is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the “Lucian Blaga” University in Sibiu, being in charge of the undergraduate programme Security Studies. Mr Nate holds a degree in Political Science; in 2003, he received a scholarship from The Fund for American Studies and graduated from the International Institute for Political and Economic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington. He has benefited from several fellowship programs from: the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland; from The Fund for American Studies, Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation, Athens (Greece); the Center for Southeast European Studies, Bulgaria; Euro-Balkan Institute, Macedonia; NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Silviu Nate is the president of the International Cooperation and Peace Study Center, has 15 years experience in the field of NGOs and civil society projects. He graduated two Master’s programs in the fields of national and international security and obtained his PhD in Military Sciences and Intelligence at the National Intelligence Academy “Mihai Viteazul” in Bucharest.

General (r.) Ștefan DĂNILĂ, PhD is the Defence and Security Monitor's project coordinator. GEN Dănilă was the first airman appointed Chief of Romanian General Staff (Chief of Defense), from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2014. He is a former fighter pilot, commander of two Romanian Air Bases. He was adviser to the Minister of Defence and to the Prime Minister, expert in air security, with a PhD in air security, expert on International Security Organisations.

Alexandru GEORGESCU, PhD is an Expert with the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, ICI Bucharest. He has an eclectic background, having studied Economics, then Geopolitics, and has obtained a PhD in Risk Engineering for Critical Infrastructure Systems, with an emphasis on space systems. He is working on several projects with the European Space Agency, the European Center for Excellence in Blockchain, the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, the EURISC Foundation and others, and is actively involved in advancing Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience issues through cooperation at international level. Coupled with significant International exposure, he is emerging as a notable member of the new generation of Romanian security experts.
Colonel Constantin SPÎNU is the Chief of the Information and Public Relations Directorate in the Ministry of National Defence, Romania. From 2009 to 2016, he was Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defence, Romania. A graduate of the Military Institute for Artillery and Rockets, from Brașov, in 1993, he completed his studies with a postgraduate course in Journalism and Multimedia at the University of Bucharest and a course in Information and Public Communication at the Defence Information School (DINFOS), Maryland, USA. In 2016, he attended a Senior Course at the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy.
Cătălin ZETU is leading the Cyber Attacks Office, part of the Romanian Central Cybercrime Unit, with wide responsibilities ranging from investigations to intelligence and strategy. He is also in charge of developing strong partnerships with private partners in order to boost the overall capacity of the unit. Mr. Zetu is a very experienced cyber crime investigator who worked in or supervised many high profile cases with multiple international ramifications. 
Alexandra SARCINSCHI, PhD is Scientific Researcher II at the Centre for Defence and Security Strategic Studies within the “Carol I” National Defence University, Bucharest. She also worked for the NATO/PfP Regional Centre, Bucharest, for the Advanced Joint Operations Staff Officer Course. She is specialised primarily in sociology and security studies. After graduating from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance of the University of Bucharest, she completed her post graduate education by attending courses of well-known education institutions such as: the Swedish Defence University, “Carol I” National Defence University, the European Centre for Security Studies “George C. Marshall”, the NATO/PfP Regional Centre, Bucharest etc. She has a PhD in Military Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Governance and Institutional Development.