Petru Filip acts as Senior Advisor and brings to the team an unparalleled 28-year experience of a former high-level politician with key duties at local, central, and European levels. He served as mayor of Oradea, one of the most important economic, social, and cultural hubs in the western part of Romania, for 11 years. In 2007, the year of Romania’s accession to the EU, he was nominated to join the first group of Romanian representatives to the European Parliament. Furthermore, between 2008-2016, he obtained two terms in the Parliament of Romania, acting as Vice President and then Interim President of the Senate in 2010 and 2011. Between 2016 and 2020 he acted as Advisor to President of the Senate.
In addition, he served as consultant for the Urban Institute in Washington, USA on aspects related to Romanian urban planning and development, in light of his roles of Vice President of the Association of Municipalities in Romania and the Federation of Local Administrations from Romania.
He holds two PhD degrees in Public Management from Timisoara West University and Mechanical Engineering from Politehnica Timisoara. Petru Filip teaches Financial Economics, Public Finance and Public Economics at the University of Oradea.