H.E. Ms. Natalia Gherman, War Studies alumna and candidate for the UN Secretary General will visit King's accompanied by the Moldovan Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Iulian Fruntasu to talk on building a strong UN for a peaceful world.
A reception will take place after the talk in the Anatomy Museum. Registration is essential. ID will be checked on the door.
Chaired by Dr Christine Cheng, Dept of War Studies.
Ms. Natalia Gherman has served for the past three years as Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. In June-July 2015 she was Acting Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova. Ms. Gherman is a career diplomat holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador. Her leadership qualities and excellent negotiation skills are highly appreciated in her own country and internationally.
Ms. Natalia Gherman received her BA from the State University of the Republic of Moldova and her MA in War Studies from King's College, University of London.
Ms. Gherman began her long career in service of her country in 1991 as the Second and then First Secretary for the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. From 1994-7, she served as Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). From 1997-2001, Ms. Gherman became the Deputy Head of the Department of European Security and Political-Military Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served as Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Brussels as well as Deputy Head of the Mission of Moldova to NATO from 2001-2. This led to Ambassadorships, first as Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and to the OSCE.
Ambassador Gherman established the diplomatic presence of her country in the Nordic region, having served as first resident Moldovan Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Finland. For her merits in promoting relations between Sweden and Moldova, His Majesty the King of Sweden awarded Ms. Gherman the Royal Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden in the rank of Commander First Class. As Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration in, Ms. Gherman was the Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Republic of Moldova for the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.
In 2014 Ms. Natalia Gherman was awarded the highest national distinction - the Order of the Republic of Moldova and selected by The Guardian UK to rank among the most impressive "Seven women to watch in global politics who are leading change all over the world"
Ms. Natalia Gherman has played a central role in adapting the migration policy of the Republic of Moldova to the needs of sustainable development of the country. She was coordinating the implementation of the pilot EU-Moldova Mobility Partnership and actively participated in the activity of the Global Forum for Migration and Development. Under her leadership, Moldova contributed to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, advocating for the integration of migration into the Post-2015 UN Agenda.