The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis

Vice President, Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus (2007-8, 2011-13)


Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis is a graduate of Law and Public Law/Political Science of the University of Athens. She obtained a PhD (PhD) in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Helsinki in 1979. Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis served in the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations (1980-1988), member of the Cyprus Question Division (1988-1993), Director of the Permanent Secretary's Office (1993-1996) and Director of the Cyprus Question and EU-Turkey Affairs Division.

Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis served as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1980-2007. Specifically in 1998-2003 she served as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States of America, with parallel accreditation to Canada, Brazil, Guyana, Jamaica, the World Bank, the IMF, ICAO and the Organization of American States and as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Sweden (and all Nordic/ Baltic States), as well as Ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan (2005-2007). In 2007 Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

From April 2008 until her appointment as Minister of Communication and Works in 2010, Dr. Kozakou - Marcoullis served as the Head of the Working Group on Property.

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus from August 2011 to February 2013.

During her career as a diplomat 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 and the OSCE.

Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis has published a large number of articles on a wide range of issues, including the Cyprus Problem, the United Nations, the European Union, Foreign Policy, Cultural Diplomacy and Gender Equality.