The EU and Niger are working together to improve people's daily lives through strong political commitment and a multisectoral partnership on the ground.

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    Official photo of the Ambassador Denisa Elena Ionete with the European flag.
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    Official photo of the Ambassador Denisa Elena Ionete with the European flag.

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Our commitment to Niger

A partnership for the benefit of the populations

Dr Denisa-Elena IONETE, of Romanian nationality, joined the Delegation of the European Union to Niger in September 2018 as Ambassador and Head of Delegation, after having held the same position for three years in Chad. She has more than two decades of experience in international relations, mostly in contexts of fragility, crises and conflicts. After studying medicine and specializing in obstetrics and gynecology she worked as a doctor and researcher at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health in Bucharest, undertook postgraduate studies in political science at the School National of Political and Administrative Studies of Bucharest (Romania), in epidemiology and evaluation at the University of Nancy 2 (France) and in public health at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and began an international career including, from 1996 to 2006, expert and management positions with United Nations agencies in Gabon, Niger, Afghanistan and Palestine.

From 2006 to 2011 she worked in the International Secretariat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, covering a portfolio including, among others, Civil-Military Coordination, Civilian Capability Development, and 'medical support to operations.

In October 2011 she was appointed Head of the "Crisis and Fragility Management" Unit in the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the European Commission and thus led the work of policy development and support for implementation of programs in countries in fragile and crisis situations. In this capacity, she led, among other things, the preparation of the Communication on capacity building for security and development, as well as the incorporation of cross-cutting aspects relating to the link between the humanitarian, development and security domains in the instruments. external action of the EU.

Dr IONETE also followed, in 2011, the Advanced Security and Defense Studies program ("4th cycle") at the Royal Superior Defense Institute in Brussels, as well as several courses at the United Nations Institute for Defense Operations. peace and leadership and management training programs. Mother of a teenage girl, she is fluent in French and English, has a working knowledge of German and Spanish, a passive knowledge of Dutch and basic notions of Russian and Arabic.