Emil Boc is the mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the most important city in Romania in terms of size and economic development, after the capital. Major in Law and also in History and Philosophy, Emil Boc has a Ph.D in Political Science and Political Philosophy.
Mr. Boc was the president of the Democratic Liberal Party (December 2004 -June 2012), which nominated and supported him as Prime Minister in late 2008. He served as Prime Minister of Romania from December 2008 to February 2012, during one the most difficult economic times in post communist Romania, thus managing to avoid the global crisis risks for the country.
Representing the National Liberal Party, Emil Boc was elected in June 2016 for the fourth time as mayor of Cluj-Napoca, and is now actively involved in the everyday life of the city. He served the first mandates as mayor during 2004-2009, while he was also the President of the Democratic Liberal Party, a center-right party promoting the democratization and modernization of Romania and also the consolidation of its position as member of the European Union and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Before entering public office, Mr. Boc was a practicing lawyer and a lecturer in political science and political philosophy at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences within Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is a member of the American Political Science Association since 1994 and a member of the Romanian Society of Political Science since 1999. At present, he is an associate professor at the Faculty of Political, Administration and Communication Science, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca where he teaches Political Institutions. Romanian Political System and also Constitutional System and Political Institutions in Romania.
Emil Boc was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law by Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A.
In 2017 he was awarded by the European Commission and Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group with the prize for ”Creating a Strong Innovation Landscape”, during the Luminary Award Gala of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference.