400+ participants / 50+ speakers / 15+ panels


Day 1

Black Sea Region at the Boiling Point

12:00 – 13:00



Simona Cojocaru

State Secretary and Chief of the Department for Defence Policy, Planning and International Relations of Romania

Simona Cojocaru has been serving within the Romanian Ministry of National Defense for more than 20 years, currently holding the position of State Secretary and chief of the Department for Defense Policy, Planning and International Relations.

Previously she held a series of very important positions as Director of the Defense Policy Directorate from 2013-2015 and 2017-2019, and Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of National Defense, between 2015-2016. She has been awarded the Order of the Star of Romania in rank of Knight (2021), Order of Merit in rank of Knight (2016), The Merit Emblem “In the service of the Romanian Armed Forces”, 3rd class (2014) and the “Honor of the Romanian Military” emblem (2014). She is also a recipient of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic in the rank of Knight (2022).