Permanent Secretary

Kornelios S. Korneliou

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

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

He graduated from Kykkos High School for boys in 1981. He studied Political Science (M.A.), Philosophy, and American Culture History at the Ludwig-Maximillians University – LMU in Munich, Germany. He wrote a thesis on “The accession of Greece to the European Economic Community – EEC and its impact on foreign policy and domestic affairs”.

In 1989 Ambassador Korneliou joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus. He has served, inter alia, as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Austria, France, and as Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary and of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served as Cyprus Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – OSCE, to UNESCO and to the European Union during the First Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU. He also served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the UN in New York and he was elected Vice-President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly – UNGA 73, while he also served as President of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country.

In April 2019 Ambassador Korneliou was appointed as Secretary-General for European Affairs, a position he held until his appointment as Permanent Secretary.

Decorations were awarded to Ambassador Korneliou for his services by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the government of the Republic of Slovenia, the government of the Republic of Austria, the government of the Republic of Croatia and the Holy See. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the European University of Serbia.

He is married to Xenia Nicolaidou. The couple has one daughter, Maria.