Erica Ceka is an international scholar from Eastern Europe, pursuing her Ph.D. in public administration at NIU. Her main research interest is on fiscal decentralization in developing countries and intergovernmental relationships. She is also interested in studying a gender gap in government leadership, focusing on factors that contribute to women not reaching the top positions. Other research interests include public budgeting, transparency and nonprofit management.
Originally from Moldova, Ceka received her Master of Public Administration at NIU as an international fellow of the Muskie Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Prior to her master’s study at NIU, Ceka was an elected city board member in her home city. She also worked as a regional technical advisor for a UK consortium, consisting of Oxford Policy Management, Institute of Public Policies and University of Birmingham.
Ceka has a vast experience in international development, previously managing in Moldova antipoverty and employment generating programs of a national scale as well as serving as a country representative for Caritas Czech Republic, an international nongovernmental organization. She is also a founder and board member of a nonprofit association for women’s entrepreneurial development. Currently, Ceka continues her involvement in international development by serving on the Advisory Board of the Minority Empowerment Project, a Moldovan-American initiative to increase social inclusion of ethnic minority groups.