Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

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Mr. Kostyantyn Gryshchenko — Minister for foreign affairs of Ukraine

Born: October 28, 1953, Kyiv, Ukraine

Education: Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Faculty of International Law (cum laude, 1975)

Professional experience:

Since March 11, 2010 — Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

May – November 2011 — Chairman, Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

2008-2010 — Ambassador of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, concurrently First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

2006-2007 — Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine

2003-2005 — Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

2000-2003 — Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America

1998-2000 — Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Head of Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

1995-1998 — Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Representative of Ukraine to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission under the START-1 Treaty, Standing Control Commission under the ABM Treaty, Head of Ukrainian delegations to major conferences on international security, held under the UN aegis. In 1996 – Sherpa of Ukraine to the G8 Summit on nuclear safety, held in Moscow. Head of National Committee of Ukraine for Disarmament; Deputy Chairman of the State Commission of Ukraine on Export Control

1992-1995 — positions from Counsellor to Director of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, MFA of Ukraine

1981-1991 — Various diplomatic posts (from attaché to the first secretary) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR (1985 – 1990 worked at the Consulate General of the USSR in Montreal, Canada)

1976-1980 — Staff member of the UN Secretariat, New York

Professional career also includes different activities at the UN specialized bodies and other international organizations:

1999-2003 — Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2003 – Chairman)

2000-2003 — Commissioner, College of Commissioners for the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)

1995-1998 — Member of the Foundation Council, Geneva Center for Security Policy

1991 — Deputy Chief Inspector, United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM)

Foreign Languages: English, French (both fluent)

Diplomatic rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Married, has daughter and two grandchildren

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