Maia Sandu

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Maia Sandu
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Maia Sandu in 2015
Moldovan Minister of Education
In office
24 July 2012 – 30 July 2015
Prime Minister Vlad Filat
Iurie Leancă
Chiril Gaburici
Natalia Gherman(interim)
Preceded by Mihail Șleahtițchi
Succeeded by Corina Fusu
Personal details
Born (1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 43)
Risipeni, Fălești District, Moldova
Alma mater Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
Academy of Public Administration
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Profession Economist
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy
Military service
Rank Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador

Maia Sandu (b. May 24, 1972, Risipeni, Rîşcani) is a Moldovan economist, and Minister of Education of Moldova from 2012 until 2015. She was considered on 23 July 2015 by the Liberal Democratic Party as a nominee to be the next Prime Minister of Moldova, succeeding Natalia Gherman and Chiril Gaburici.[1] A day after being proposed by a renewed pro-European coalition, Sandu set the departure of the Head of the National Bank of Moldova, Dorin Dragutanu and the State Prosecutor Corneliu Gurin as conditions for her acceptance of the office.[2] Ultimately, Valeriu Strelet was nominated over Sandu by the President of Moldova.


Maia Sandu was born on 24 May 1972 in the village of Risipeni, in the region of Fălești in Soviet Moldavia. From 1989 to 1994 she majored in management at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (ASEM). Then, from 1995 to 1998, she majored in international relations at the Academy of Public Administration (ro) (AAP) in Chișinău. In 2010 she graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and from 2010 to 2012, she worked as Adviser to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

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