400+ participants / 50+ speakers / 15+ panels


Day 1

Black Sea Region at the Boiling Point

12:00 – 13:00



Oana Popescu-Zamfir

Director and founder of GlobalFocus Center

Oana Popescu-Zamfir is the director and founder of GlobalFocus Center, an independent foreign policy and security think-tank. She is a Europe’s Futures fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM), as well as an associate researcher with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a fellow of the Agora Strategy Institute.

Oana was state secretary for EU Affairs in the Romanian government and foreign policy adviser to the president of the Romanian Senate (current NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana). Previously, she was Aspen Institute Romania Programme Director, and before that she served as senior editor of Foreign Policy (Romanian edition) and was a foreign affairs journalist and foreign correspondent.

Oana Zamfir was a Fulbright scholar at Yale University and completed executive studies at Harvard University and the University of St Andrews, in global leadership, democracy, emerging threats, post-conflict reconstruction. She holds an MA in Conflict Analysis and a BA in foreign languages.

Currently, Oana focuses on geopolitics in the EU/NATO neighbourhood, transatlantic relations, global political risk and strategic analysis, shifting models of governance, democratisation and democratic resilience, and hybrid threats (especially influence operations).