H.E. Androulla Kaminara: European Union Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Androulla Kaminara (born 29 April 1957) is a European civil servant from Cyprus who as of February 2022 is serving as the Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. As such, she is the first women ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan. Before her appointment in the European External Action Service, she joined the European Commission in 1991, where she has served in various Directorates General, including those dealing with technology, communications, development cooperation, international relations, and humanitarian aid.

Androulla Kaminara was born in Cyprus in 1957. Cypriot by birth, Kaminara also holds British and Greek citizenship. She is married. She takes a keen interest in arts and culture. Her hobbies include swimming and scuba diving and holds a captain’s license for sailing. She can speak Greek, English, French, Spanish and Turkish.

Androulla Kaminara holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in geology from King’s College and in physics from University of London, a Master of Science degree in management science from Imperial College, University of London, as well as a Maîtrise in international relations from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels.

Kaminara has held a number of high-level positions at the European Commission including five years as Director for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific in the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), and Principal Adviser and Head of the Task Force “Knowledge, Performance and Results” in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development from 2014 to 2016. She has served as a member of Cabinet in the offices of two European Commissioners with portfolios in development cooperation and energy and small and medium-sized enterprises policy respectively. As a result of her interest in research and education, she has served for two years as EU fellow/visiting academic at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and as research associate of King’s College London, specializing in EU policies and in geopolitics of energy. Before joining the European Commission, Kaminara was a special adviser to two cabinet ministers in Greece and managing director of a private consultancy firm.

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