Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Erato Kozakou–Marcoullis assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 5 August 2011.
At the time of her appointment she was Minister of Communications and Works, a post she held since 2 March 2010. Before assuming that ministerial portfolio, she was Head of the Working Group on Property, in the UN–sponsored negotiations being held since 2008 between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Dr Kozakou–Marcoullis also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of the late President Tassos Papadopoulos from July 2007 to February 2008. Along with President Papadopoulos, she had the honour to sign the Treaty of Lisbon on behalf of Cyprus in December 2007.
During 2003–2007 she served as Director of the Cyprus Question and the EU–Turkey Affairs Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She was also accredited as Ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan with residence in Nicosia, from 2005 to 2007.
She had previously served as Ambassador to the United States of America from 1998 to 2003, with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Canada, Guyana and Jamaica and as Ambassador to Brazil. She was also accredited to the World Bank, the IMF, the ICAO and the Organization of American States.
From 1996 to 1998 she was Ambassador to Sweden with concurrent accreditation to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
She also served at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations from 1980 to 1988 in New York, and before that at the Cyprus Question Division (1988–1993) and as Director of the Permanent Secretary’s Office (1993–1996) at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia. During her diplomatic career she represented Cyprus in numerous Assemblies, Congresses and Conferences of the European Union, the United Nations, the Non–Aligned Movement, the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and others.
Dr Kozakou–Marcoullis has lectured extensively in Universities and Think Tanks in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and other countries where she was accredited as Ambassador, and has granted interviews to many international print and electronic media. In addition, she has published extensively on a wide range of issues, including the Cyprus Problem, Foreign Policy and Cultural Diplomacy. She is also the recipient of a number of Honours and Awards in the United States, Cyprus and other countries.
She is the daughter of the late Dr George Kozakos, a cardiologist, and the late Barbara Tekmitchova and was born in Limassol in 1949. She is a graduate of Law (1967–1972) and Public Law/Political Science (1972–1974) of the University of Athens and has a Licentiate (PhD) in Sociology and Political Science (1975–1979) from the University of Helsinki. She is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French and Finnish.
Dr Kozakou-Marcoullis is married to Dr George Marcoullis, an Oncologist/Haematologist and Professor of Medicine. They have a son, Panos Marcoullis.