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Andra Costache

Leaders Europe 2023


Galati County Deputy Prefect, Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs





Andra Costache works for the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs as the deputy prefect of Galati County. She is the youngest person in this position, having previously served as the youngest secretary of state in post-communist Romania at the Ministry of Youth and Sport. Andra’s work primarily focuses on youth engagement in the electoral process and other decision-making spaces at all levels of society, and she strives to develop youth policies made by young people, for young people. She is also the founder of Romania’s National Youth Council, an institution composed of government representatives and youth organizations that provides pathways for young people to become involved in civic matters. In addition to being a youth advocate, Andra is an outspoken champion for women and disabled people, both of which she strongly identifies with.