Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy and EU Partnerships Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.
Previously, she followed a MSc in Economic Policy at the faculty of Law, Governance and Economics from Utrecht University and a BSc in International Business and Economics from Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She was always passionate about institutional economics and the evolution of public-private dynamics regarding socio-economic policies. During her studies she conducted research on education policies, impact evaluation, and projects scale-up mainly in Central and Eastern European countries with the final goal of creating more policy evidence. In the long-run she strives to contribute with her knowledge to a more efficient global economy with better social outcomes and reduced poverty gaps.