Prior to his assignment to NATO, Ambassador Ducaru served as Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, from September 2006 to September 2013. From November 2011, Ambassador Ducaru acted as the Dean of the North-Atlantic Council.
Ambassador Ducaru was born on June 22, 1964, in Baia-Mare, Romania. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1988, the Romanian National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in 1992. He holds a MPhil Degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (1993) and a PhD degree in International Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2005).
He joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, assuming various posts such as member of the policy planning team, counsellor to the minister, spokesman of the MFA and director for NATO and Strategic Issues. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Romania’s Ambassador to the United States of America. In the period 2000 - 2001, Ambassador Ducaru has served as Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations in New York.
In 2000 Ambassador Ducaru was awarded by the President of Romania the national order of “Faithful Service” in rank of Commander, in the year 2006 the order for “Diplomatic Merit” and in 2008 he was awarded the rank of Knight of the national order “The Star of Romania”. In 2003 and 2012 he received the title of “Ambassador of the Year”, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
He is married with Carmen Ducaru (a graduate of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and of the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration) and has two children: Maria-Teodora and Matei-Nicolae.
Ambassador Ducaru speaks German, English and French, and enjoys playing the guitar, skiing, tennis, photography and film.