Laura Roman has developed expertise in analysing innovation policies and support for entrepreneurship and regional economic development. She also has a strong focus on eco-innovation. She has been involved in several policy evaluations, regional innovation systems analyses and studies for international, European and national public organisations. She applies methods ranging from case studies, interviews, surveys and statistical analysis, desk research and literature reviews.
At Technopolis Group, major projects that Laura has been working on include the Regional Innovation Monitor, an on-line information exchange platform for EU regions, and the Regional Innovation Scoreboard. She also contributed to the mid-term analysis of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme of DG GROW. In addition, Laura worked on the Eco-Innovation Observatory as a Country expert for Romania and contributed to INTERREG capitalisation exercises for promoting eco-innovation in regions.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Laura worked with a Member of the European Parliament providing policy advice on the work of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She also completed a traineeship with the European Commission, working with the Thematic Coordination and Innovation Unit of DG REGIO on fostering innovation through structural funds. Previously, Laura worked with the faculty of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin on research projects in the field of public sector reforms in Germany and EU.
Laura obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania with an exchange year at the University of Trier in Germany. She obtained her Masters degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, focusing on Economics and Public Management.
Laura is a native Romanian speaker and is fluent in English, has an advanced knowledge of German and is currently improving her French language skills.