Alina Ligia Dumitrescu, PhD in Economics, graduated from the Program in Applied Economics of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna (Austria) and studied Social Work, Management and Administration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (USA).

Dr. Dumitrescu is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of World Economy of the Romanian Academy. Her research specialisation includes: European Integration, Economies in Transition, Macroeconomics, European Social Policy, Socio-Economic Research, Management of Non-Governmental Organisations, Social Work with Discriminated Groups (Minorities and Women).