PAVLOS ANASTASIADES Ambassador Pavlos Anastasiades, current Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, presented his credentials to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, on September 16, 2010. Prior, he served as Ambassador of Cyprus to Sweden since 2005 and assumed the post of non-resident Ambassador to Norway and Latvia in 2006. Ambassador Anastasiades held the position of Director of the Foreign Minister’s Office in Nicosia, from 2003 to 2005.
Born on May 4, 1953 in Famagusta, Cyprus, Ambassador Anastasiades attended Famagusta First Gymnasium for Boys. After completing his national service, in 1973, he took his A-Levels at Kettering College in Britain. By 1977, he was the recipient of a BSc Honors First Class in Psychology from the University of Birmingham in Britain and subsequently proceeded with doctoral research in the same area. With a career that spans almost 30 years, Ambassador Anastasiades became a Senior Scientific Research Officer at the University of Oxford in 1981. Ten years later in 1991, Ambassador Anastasiades joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus where he served as an Attaché for the Political Affairs (Cyprus Question) Division in Nicosia until 1993. Until 1997, he served as Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington, DC where he was later promoted to First Secretary. From 1997 to 2002, Ambassador Anastasiades assumed a position at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Stockholm where during this time he was promoted to Second Counsellor and by 2001 had been promoted to First Counselor. In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary. Ambassador Anastasiades is fluent in Greek and English and has working knowledge of French. He is married to Maria Antonopoulou-Anastasiades and have a daughter, Chloe-Alcestes.