Dr Kyriacós P. KOUROS
Born in Nicosia, in 1963.
Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Cyprus in 1996; served at the Political Department - Cyprus Problem Division of the MFA; posted at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens, Greece, 1998 –2002. During that time he served as the Athens-based member of the Working Team in Search of the Missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus. He served as a junior member of the Cyprus Permanent Representative Delegation to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva in April 1997.
Served at the post of the Director at the Office of the Permanent Secretary in Nicosia, between 2002 –2006. Afterwards, initially served as Charge d’ Affaires in Beirut, Lebanon during which period he dealt with the evacuation of thousands of Cypriot and EU nationals due to the 2006 events and the 2008 inter-communal strife and where he was ultimately appointed as Cyprus’ 1st resident Ambassador in 2009. Upon his return back to the Ministry, he served as Head of the Middle East Department at the Political Directorate between September 2010 and May 2012. Currently he is serving as resident Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Hague.
Having been graduated from the Law School of the National University of Athens, Greece and read for an Master of Arts in International Journalism at the City University of London, Britain, he worked as journalist for a decade before joining the MFA; last employer was the quasi-state Cyprus News Agency; also obtained a PhD with a treatise on Media Law (with honors) from the Panteion University of Athens, Greece, in 2002; did media-related research for Oxford University (Wolfson College) and Amsterdam University’s Institute of Communication and is considered an expert in Cypriot media law by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (High Commissioner for National Minorities). Periodically teaches media law as a guest lecturer at the Journalism Department of the Frederick University in Nicosia; wrote a number of books, handbooks, articles and gave lectures in foreign universities on media law and on the Cyprus issue.
Awarded the National Medal of Cedar, Greater level of Officer from the Government of the Republic of Lebanon in 2010; awarded third prize in a Political Cartoonist Competition organized by the Union of Cypriot Journalists dedicated to the 30 years since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, in 1990.
Married with one adult child. No time for hobbies.