Cristiana Pasca Palmer

Minister of Environment, Waters and Forestry, Romania

Cristiana Pasca Palmer was appointed Minister of Environment, Waters and Forestry in November 2015. She is responsible for an important portfolio that governs key strategic resources of the country. In her new capacity, she led Romania’s delegation to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) and also acted as negotiator on behalf of the European Union for the adaptation track. Previous to this position, she worked for 6 years with the European Commission as Head of Unit “Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Water” within the Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid.

Mrs. Pasca Palmer has multidisciplinary practitioner and academic experience in international development with a strong focus on green economy and environmental sustainability, in addition to business management, international negotiations, and diplomacy. During a professional career spanning over twenty years, Mrs. Pasca Palmer has held different positions with local and international civil society organizations in Eastern Europe, with the World Bank Group/International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, and has worked in academia as a policy researcher and teacher at Harvard University and The Fletcher School of Diplomacy in the US. A social activist at heart, she was also the founder of Green Cross Romania.

Cristiana Pasca Palmer is the author of academic papers addressing environmental sustainability, and is the co-author of the book ‘Romania Redux as seen from Harvard’ (2005), and of the album ‘The Cave That Time Forgot’ (2000).

Mrs. Pasca Palmer is the recipient of prestigious US and European academic scholarships (Edward S. Mason, Joint Japan/World Bank, Marie Curie, and Henry R. Luce), and was awarded by former President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Gorbachev Award for Significant Contributions to Environment.

She holds a Master in Public Administration from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University in the USA and a Master of Science in Systems Ecology and Management of Natural Capital from the University of Bucharest in Romania. She has also completed courses at MIT (US), Sciences Po Paris (France), and the Earth Systems Governance program at Vrije University in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Mrs. Pasca Palmer enjoys the outdoors and has a great interest in ethnography and folklore. She currently splits her time between Bucharest and Brussels.