Type of expert: Individual
First Name Mihaela
Last Name Osorio
Sector of Activity International Organizations
Primary Field of Expertise Peace and security
Years of Expertise
  • >7
Employment Availability
  • Full-time
  • Long-term
  • Remote
Geographic Experience / Focus
  • Europe
Gender Female
Second and Third Field
  • National minorities
  • inter-ethnic reconciliation
Peace and security
  • Reform of the armed forces
  • Depoliticisation, civilian oversight
National minorities and inter-ethnic reconciliation
  • National minorities and inter-ethnic reconciliation
Countries you have worked in Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Job Title Head Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination
Employer European Union
Sector of Activity International Organizations
Other Languages
  • English
  • French
English Professional Fluency
French Limited Knowledge
Flagship Projects

"- comprehensive conflict analysis, systematically scanning and flagging threats and trends to the rule of law, social cohesion, security, economic, regional dimension of developments;
- Provided political analysis to ensure shared assessment and synchronized integrated reporting to facilitate EU comprehensive approach and EU/NATO shared conflict analysis of BiH and the Western Balkan;
- Supported re-tooling of EU/NATO military mission from post-conflict to pre-conflict readiness.
- Supported the EU Delegation in terms of oversight of Security Sector Reforms and project implementation in particular in building capacity and political willingness of national institutions to removethe physical remnants of war;
- Active participant in transatlantic dialogue to share understanding of Bosnia’s key challenges.
- Provided high level diplomatic representation functions both in bilateral and multilateral contexts; Member of the NATO and EU Heads of Missions working group in Croatia during accession talks;
- As part of the EU and NATO Ambassadors group, asserted the position of a new EU member state that cares, participates and comes with solutions to address the specific challenges of Croatia's NATO and EU integration process;
- Integrated the hands-on field experience acquired in the previous job to suggest EU policy in non-acquis, post- conflict specific matters such as refugee return and war crimes.
- Shaped and asserted positive dimensions to Romania's bilateral profile in Croatia as a new EU member state whose achievements, expertise and voice in the EU matter, at a time of delicate bilateral relations, with Croatia undergoing EU negotiations under the Lisbon Treaty format with 27 member states and Romania being the last state to join the EU under the previous less complex formula."

Additional info about your experience and skills

"Diverse 16-year career as senior Romanian diplomat, OSCE human rights officer, EUFOR political/military advisor, strategic planner and international civil servant. I possess deep experience in improving strategic processes, breaking inertia, and jolting conventional thinking on a wide range of issues. Detailed knowledge and experience in the following topics: Politics, Pol-Mil and Civ-Mil policies and plans; Security Assistance / Security Cooperation policies, EU and NATO enlargement Policies. Experienced in promoting transatlantic dialogue at the operational level.
Expereince in piblic speaking and breifing high-level officieal."

Managerial Experience Yes
Years of Managerial Experience 12
Trainings Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments and Introduction to Security Sector Reform - Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Switzerland - Specialized Training for Political Advisers in the EU Common Security and Defence Policy- European Security and Defence College and Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sandő, Sweden - International Terrorism – Romanian Diplomatic Academy - Illegal Migration - Romanian Diplomatic Academy & Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Other Professional Certificates Master of Arts – American Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania - Diploma in Diplomatic Studies – Oxford Diplomatic training Centre, Romania Diplomatic Academy / UK Foreign Office - Bachelor of Arts – Literature / Romanian and English Philology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest Romania
Degree Awarded Doctoral
Area of Study Humanities / History [State-sponsored Political Terrorism Between the World Wars], University of Constanta, Constanta Romania
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