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Area of Study: Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

    Mr. Lutenco is a senior executive manager with over 12 years of experience in design, coordination, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of migration-related programs. He has worked with government entities, international organizations, and NGOs in Moldova, his home country. Mr. Lutenco founded the Diaspora Relations Bureau as the first government agency to tackle the development cooperation dialogue with migrants and the Institute for European Policies and Reforms, which rapidly became one of the most influential think-tanks in Moldova. He also advised two Prime Ministers on social and development policies. He developed the Diaspora 2025 Strategy, conceptualized and implemented the DOR Program for second-generation migrants, made key contributions to the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU and supervised the development of more than 15 strategic policy documents of the government of Moldova in the social policy sector. During his career, Mr. Lutenco has had extensive experience designing and delivering capacity building training for over 3,000 public servants, migrants, mayors, priests, police officers, judges, prosecutors, social assistants, and students. He is a versatile quadrilingual (English, Russian, Italian, Romanian) communicator and a skillful negotiator. While serving in the municipal council of Chisinau, Mr. Lutenco created and started the very successful implementation of the participatory budgeting. During his fellowship year, He would like to cooperate with governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions to further explore best practices in the field of migration and development, strengthen practical and theoretical knowledge in institutional management, and contribute to better immigration-related policies. Mr. Lutenco also wants to experience political life in the United States and is ready to participate in electoral campaigns, and work with local governance offices bringing enthusiasm, experience, and innovation.