Gheorghe Poede is vice-president of the Romanian Association of International Relations and European Studies and vice-dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences within the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University from Iaşi, Romania, with a PhD in philosophy from the same university. As member of the Romanian Association of Sociologists and expert within the National Comission of Scientific Research, professor Poede teaches courses on Political Science, International Relations, Sociology and European Studies at BA level, as well as at MA level. He was a trainer in several programs financed by the World Bank and the French Government – the Program for managerial development of social services in Romania, Capacity building programs for the high officials in the field of social services, etc. Moreover, Professor Poede worked for the World Bank as an evaluator of grants for the counties of Arad and Timis and he was part of the Program developed by the WB for the experts for the National Authority for Human Rights. In 2005 he was the coordinator of a UNICEF research program in Romania, as well as the research director of another program developed at national level by the same organization.