Mihnea Motoc is the Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the European Commission.

Prior to assuming this position in May 2017, he had a distinguished career in Romania's diplomatic service and government, having been Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1999 to 2001 as well as Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2003 to 2008 and to the European Union from 2008 to 2015.

From 2015 to 2017 he served as Romania's Minister of National Defence.

In 2018, he completed the Senior Executives in National and International Security Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School, US.