Senator Mihai Razvan Ungureanu

Former Prime Minister of Romania

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Mihai-Răzvan Ungureanu (born September 22, 1968) is a Romanian historian, politician and former Prime Minister of Romania. He was the foreign minister of Romania from December 28th, 2004 to March 12th, 2007, and he was appointed as Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service later in 2007. Following the resignation of the Emil Boc government, he was appointed Prime Minister serving through April 2012.

Mr. Ungureanu studied Math and Physics at the Costache Negruzzi high-school in Iași (Romania) where he graduated as valedictorian in 1987. Mr. Ungureanu later studied History and Philosophy at the University of Iași where he graduated in 1992. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Ungureanu was an alternate member of the Union of Communist Youth Central Committee, while between 1990 and 1992, he was a member of the university senate as a student representative. In 1993, Mr. Ungureanu obtained a master's degree at the Oxford Center in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, an affiliated program of St Cross College at the University of Oxford (UK). In March 2004 he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Iași.

Mr. Ungureanu was a Professor at the University of Iași when he was recruited for diplomatic service in 1998. He subsequently served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-2000), and was a Vienna-based representative of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (2000-2004).
On November 27th, 2007, he was nominated to head the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) and took office the same year.

On February 6th, 2012, Mr.Ungureanu was given a mandate by President Traian Băsescu to form a new government. As Prime Minister, Ungureanu had become the Democratic Liberal Party's probable candidate for the presidency when Băsescu's term expires in 2014.

“The Future has the Flavor of the Past”

A lecture by Senator Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Religion 2014
(Rome, Italy; March 31st - April 3rd, 2014)