With a master degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences, specialisation in development policies and in pre-accession processes of Eastern European countries (in particular, Romanian case), Gloria has 14 years of professional experience in writing and implementing development and capacity building projects under EU and international organisations’ funds. Included in the DG Regio database of experts, she has been implementing projects and territorial development strategies and plans for local authorities, while also being involved in several projects at central government level, for the formulation and evaluation of public policies and programmes (SAPARD and POR 2014-2020). She is certified trainer and Green Belt Lean Six Sigma, for process analysis and improvement. Within Urbasofia, she is currently involved also as an ad hoc expert in support of Horizon 2020 Build-in-Wood, with the main role of facilitating the capitalisation of research result into cities’ development strategies, procedures and practices.