H.E. Nikola Dimitrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nikola Dimitrov took office at The Hague Institute upon the completion of his duties as ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in April 2014. Starting his diplomatic career in 1996 as a human rights officer in the Macedonian Foreign Ministry, Dimitrov has extensive experience in public service in foreign and security policy, international dispute settlement, and conflict resolution. Dimitrov studied law at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, where he was awarded with the 26th of July Award established by the Frank Manning Foundation, and received his LLM degree in international law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Dimitrov is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Defense and Peace Studies at the St. Cyril and Methodius University and completed the Public Leaders in Southeast Europe Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He has served as: ambassador to the Netherlands and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague (2009-14); co-agent before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) (2008-11); special envoy of the Government for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Brussels (2007-08); national coordinator for NATO Integration, Skopje (2006-09); special envoy in the talks between the Republic of Macedonia and the Hellenic Republic to overcome the difference over the name under the UN auspices (2003-08); ambassador to the United States, Washington, DC (2001-06); national security advisor to the President of the Republic of Macedonia, (2000-01); deputy minister of foreign affairs (2000).

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