Mihaela Ștefănescu has extensive experience in the areas of sustainable development, circular economy, waste management and climate change. She has worked in these areas both at the national level, in central public administration, and at the European level, as a seconded national expert to the European Commission. Currently, she is a Senior Counsellor at the Romanian Ministry of Waters and Forests. Her research focuses on integrated approaches related to sustainable development, land degradation neutrality, ecological economy, corporate social responsibility, and resource efficiency. She has published 12 research articles, and holds a PhD in Economics and International Affairs from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She is also a certified sustainability practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Romania.