Head of Unit Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment in the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, is responsible for promoting innovative and emerging technologies and solutions, and ensuring broad dissemination of marine knowledge and research. The Unit fosters innovation and provides policy input to Horizon 2020 and to smart specialisation strategies; it is as well in the lead for providing policy input to the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its use in the maritime economy.
Prior to this position, Ms. Strachinescu was Head of Unit responsible for New Energy Technologies and Innovation in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, in charge with the development of policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. The core files were Strategic Energy Technology Plan, the energy research and innovation strategy of EU and H2020 – the main financing instruments of research and innovation at EU level.
Ms. Strachinescu studied mechanical engineering and business administration in Bucharest, Romania and she has a Master of Science in International Affairs from H.E.C. Montreal, Canada.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms. Strachinescu professional activity was in the public service in the field of economic development and international cooperation, trade policies and actions