Our team ranges from practitioners to accomplished academics, from IR specialists to international lawyers and economists, from theologians and political scientists to security experts. In this sense, our high-level research focus is doubled by ‘on-the-ground’ knowledge, benefiting from experts that have been involved both in academic and advisory work throughout the region.

Founders | Senior Experts| Editors

Horia Ciurtin is a Legal Adviser in the field of international investment law; Associate Expert at New Strategy Center (Bucharest); Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog, a platform of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbiration (Brussels). He is conducting doctoral research under the aegis of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (University of Amsterdam) on issues pertaining to (deviant) territoriality narratives within international (investment) law. He has been broadly involved in research activities and advisory work throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe, but also in relation to the Asia-Pacific region. His area of expertise stretches beyond the legal field, being active in strategic analysis, geoeconomics and religious studies. See the complete profile here.

Ion Josan is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He holds a B.A in contemporary History at the same University.  His interests are related to political ideologies, the relationship between politics and religions in the contemporary World, the state of religion in Modernity. In the last two years he has studied the development of political Islam, taking a closer look to Shi’ia Islam and the Iranian Revolution. See the complete profile here.

Alexandros Bakos is DAVA’s managing editor. He has a background in law, being particularly interested in international investment arbitration, public international law and EU external relations law. He combines his legal knowledge with a knowledge of geopolitics and strategic studies based on a realist approach and, at the same time, focusing especially on the economic relations of major states.

Associate Experts

Răzvan Luca holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He has always shown interest for the relationship between the religious life and the political, how the former shapes the latter, and eventually how they both impact the history of man. See the complete profile here.

Vlad B. Jecan is a play scholar researching the political and ethical consequences of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and cyber conflict. He currently holds a teaching position at the University of Georgia at Athens, U.S.A, and is a Research Analyst at Prisma Analytics, Barcelona, Spain. He received a PhD in Political Science from the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and a second PhD in Comparative Literature (currently ABD) from the University of Georgia at Athens, U.S.A. See the complete profile here.

Sergiu Dur holds a BA Degree in Security Studies Babes – Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), a MA Degree in Security Management in Contemporary Society Babes – Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca (Romania). See the complete profile here.

Guest Experts

Bogdan Mureșan is an expert at the European Institute of Romania, Studies and Analyses Unit, and Associate Editor inside the editorial board of the Romanian Journal of European Affairs. See the complete profile here.

Velimir Zivkovic is a postdoctoral fellow within the Research Group “The international rule of law – Rise or Decline?“ at Humboldt University Berlin. He is currently finishing his PhD in Law at the London School of Economics on the topic of normative reimagining of international investment arbitration as a tool to enhance the national rule of law. See the complete profile here.

Nani Klepo obtained her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb (2016).  Since 2016, she is a Project Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) at the Department for International and Political Relations, where she participates in different international research projects, mainly dealing with security and IR in general. See the complete profile here.

Ioana Petculescu is a lawyer specialized in international arbitration and litigation, practicing in Paris. She acts as a consultant for the aerospace and defense industry and as an expert for the European Union. She received a PhD in public international law from the University of Strasbourg, where she started her career as a lecturer. In addition to law, she also studied international relations, conflict analysis and geopolitics at the Catholic University of Louvain. See the complete profile here.

Iva Zivkovic is a lawyer holding an LL.M from the University of Belgrade, currently residing in Berlin. She has practised real estate law in government service in Serbia (Real Estate Cadastre), as well as commercial, corporate and employment law in private practice. For the last four years she has been in London, where she has been involved in sustainable communal development, organic agriculture and responsible business practices in several entities. See the complete profile here.