Chief of Party Irinel Cocos
Irinel Cocos is a rule of law and national security expert with nearly 20 years of experience working with common and civil law legal systems across Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has extensive experience with individual and organizational capacity building, including training delivery and design. Ms. Cocos has developed and supported national and regional strategies, policies, and action plans with a focus on fostering multi-agency partnerships. She currently serves as chief of party on the USAID Duteze Imbere Ubutabera Rule of Law Program in Rwanda. Previously, she led a USAID program to counter human trafficking in Bangladesh. Throughout her career, Ms. Cocos has improved coordination and cooperation between government and non-government stakeholders and facilitated linkages between civil society and the criminal justice system. She holds a Ph.D. in national security and rule of law, a post-graduate diploma in criminology, and a bachelor’s degree in law from Bucharest University Law School.