Hometown: Abaclia Basarabeasca, the Republic of Moldova
Research interests: International relations and development in the Middle East.
Nicoleta graduated with honors from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Economics and Arabic Language. In addition to learning Standard Arabic at NYUAD, Nicoleta spent a January term in Al Ain (UAE) studying Emirati Dialect. For her undergraduate thesis, Nicoleta researched the relationship between natural resources and intrastate conflict variations in the Central African Republic. She focused on studying the least conflict-affected regions and the mechanisms through which these regions sustained their relative peace. Nicoleta has always been passionate about International Relations and Diplomacy. She interned with the Moldovan Embassy in Beijing, the Moldovan Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and the Moldovan Mission to the European Union in Brussels. She was also a corporate legal intern at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners International Business Law Firm in Abu Dhabi.