In 1997, Eduard Hellvig graduated from Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration.
Between 1997 and 1999, he worked as a broker at the Bucharest Stock Exchange, then became an advisor to the Minister of of Internal Affairs, and after the early 2000s, he became the Director General of the Institute of Social Studies.
Since his university years, he has crystallized a liberal vision of the Romanian society's problems, a strong belief in the values of participatory democracy, and a desire to be involved in the process of accelerating Romania's modernization. He has been active in politics since 2003.
In 2004, he decided to run for a parliamentary seat and became the youngest member of the legislature. Subsequently, until 2015, he was successively elected as a member of the Parliament of Romania and the European Parliament. During his mandates in Bucharest and Brussels, he served as the Secretary of the Committee for Defense, Public Order, and National Security in the Romanian Parliament, a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the International Trade Committee (INTA) and the Committee on Security and Defense, a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee in the European Parliament, a member of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, and a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.
In 2009, he obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA).
In terms of domestic politics, between 2011 and 2014, he held the position of Secretary-General of the National Liberal Party and was appointed as the Minister of Regional Development and Tourism in 2012.
In 2015, he was proposed by the President of Romania and appointed by the Parliament of Romania as the Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service.
During his tenure as director, he initiated and completed the reform of the institution to create a streamlined, agile, and adapted structure to current challenges. He removed the institution from political debates and explicitly separated it from the legacy and practices of the former security services, a first for post-communist Romania.
The complete professional and political trajectory can be consulted here.