Mr Geoană was born in Romania on 14 July 1958. He studied at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and he holds a PhD from the Economic Studies Academy of Bucharest. Mr Geoană has served as a diplomat and a politician, and in 2009 was his party’s candidate to be President of Romania.
Mircea Geoană became NATO Deputy Secretary-General in October 2019, after a distinguished domestic and international career. Mr Geoană is the first Deputy Secretary-General from Romania and the first from any of the countries that joined the Alliance after the end of the Cold War.
How can the complementarity between foresight and resilience building of EU and NATO be ensured? Which capability and capacity gaps need to be addressed to meet pressing challenges? Drawing on the lessons learnt: what did we learn from past crisis to manage and anticipate challenges in the future?
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends already in motion and brought about new challenges. NATO and the EU need to adapt to the new realities and increase the resilience of both their members and the organizations as a whole to act and shape a positive future. Strategic foresight offers the means to do that. Thinking forward while acting now is the main challenge of the two institutions, and setting in motion processes to adapt, act and anticipate has become of paramount importance.