Ambassador Ion Jinga has joined the diplomatic service in 1992. He studied Physics and Law at University of Bucharest and received his PhD in Law in 1999. He also graduated the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, received a MA at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), followed a NATO research fellowship for two years and specialised in international affairs at the Leeds University (United Kingdom).
He is author and co-author of several books and numerous articles on European integration, EU policies and reform of the EU institutions. Between 2003 and 2008, Dr Ion Jinga has represented Romania as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, where he was awarded the title “The Ambassador of the year 2007” by Diplomatic News Magazine in Brussels and received from H.M. Albert II, the King of Belgians, the outstanding distinction Great Cross of the Crown’s Order.
Between 2008 and 2015 he was the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James’s. He was awarded the title “Diplomat of the Year 2012 from Europe” by Diplomat Magazine in London, “Diplomat of the Year 2012” by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania and "Diplomat of the Year 2015 in the UK" by Asian Voice Magazine in London. On his departure from the UK, an Early day Motion was tabled in the House of Commons by 37 MPs, commending "the work of the outgoing Ambassador of Romania to the UK, Dr Ion Jinga, who has played a significant part in developing relations between the two countries".
He was also awarded by the President of Romania, the President of France, the former King Michael of Romania and the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Since 4 August 2015 Dr Ion Jinga is the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations in New York.