A new director for UNDP’s Istanbul Center

01 Jun 2012


Dr. Simona Marinescu,  Director for the UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) has taken the office.

New Horizons - For the last five years, Dr.Marinescu has served as the UNDP Iraq Senior Economist and Programme Director for the multi-agency Private Sector Development Programme, assisting the Government of Iraq and its social partners to embark on structural reforms for market building and social inclusion in a complex post conflict environment.
Prior to her employment with UNDP, Simona served as USAID Economic Governance Sector Lead for Social Safety Net and Pension Reforms in Iraq, and before that, as World Bank Social Protection Expert in the Human Development Unit for MENA Region working in several countries, including Morocco, Syria and Iraq.
Simona Marinescu also served as Minister Secretary of State for Labor and Social Protection in Romania during a time of major socio-economic transformations that have preceded the country’s integration in the European Union.
In December 2000, she was elected Senator and President of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee serving for a full term in the Romanian Senate.

Dr. Marinescu holds an MBA in International Relations and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies ASE Bucharest.

She holds a Diploma in Leadership from Harvard University and a Certificate in “Modern Labor Administration for Development” from the Mediterranean Institute of Management of Cyprus.

She was the editor in chief of two national newspapers specialized in labor market and social affairs.