Permanent Secretary

Kornelios S. Korneliou

[Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as of 1 April 2020]  

Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou was born in Nicosia, on 29 June 1963.

He graduated from Kykkos High School in Nicosia and studied Political Science, Philosophy and American Cultural History at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. He wrote a thesis on “Greece’s Membership in the European Economic Community and its consequences on its foreign policy”.

Since 1989, Ambassador Korneliou is a member of the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus. He served at the Embassy of Cyprus in Germany, as Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, as Ambassador to Austria with parallel accredidation to Croatia, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, OSCE, IAEA, UNIDO, CTBT and UN Office in Vienna, as Director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as Ambassador to France with parallel accredidation to  Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO and as Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, whereas he served as President of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (COREPER) during the first Presidency of Cyprus of the Council of the European Union (July to December 2012). He also served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Secretary General of European Αffairs.

Ambassador Korneliou has received several decorations from the Republic of Germany, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Croatia and the Holy See.  He has also been awarded an Honorary doctor from the European University of the Republic of Serbia. 

He is married to Xenia Nicolaidou and they have one daughter, Maria.