Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Italy, Switzerland and San Marino and High Commissioner to Malta
Mr. YIORGOS CHRISTOFIDES
Yiorgos Christofides was appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Italian Republic in September 2021 and presented his Credentials to the President of the Italian Republic on 27th October 2021.
Mr. Christofides is also accredited, with residence in Rome, as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Switzerland (as of 10th January 2023) and to San Marino (as of 9th June 2022) and as High Commissioner to Malta (as of 19th May 2022).
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador in Italy, he served as Director for Energy and Marine Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus (2018 - 2021). In the period 2016 - 2018 he was Head of the EU Department of the EU Directorate, during which he also served as Deputy Negotiator for the Protocol regarding the British Bases in Cyprus, as attached in the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK from the EU. Before that, in the period 2014 – 2016, he served as Deputy Director of the Division for Energy and Marine Policy of the MFA.
In the period 2010 – 2014, Ambassador Christofides served as Deputy High Commissioner of Cyprus to the United Kingdom. In 2008 - 2010, he was for two years the Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, having returned from Brussels where he served in the period 2004 – 2008 at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the European Union, as the Representative of Cyprus in the Working Group for Enlargement. One year after joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999, he was transferred to New York where he served at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the United Nations, dealing with Security Council matters.
Yiorgos Christofides has a legal background, having acquired a Law Degree from the University of Athens and further proceeding with a Postgraduate Diploma in European Law from the University of Manchester and a Masters of Arts in European Union Law from Kings College London. Before commencing his diplomatic career, he was accepted to the Cyprus Bar and practiced law in Cyprus.
He is married with two children. He is fluent in Greek and English and has a very good command of French. He is currently studying Italian.