Ambassador Mr Euripides L. Evriviades, High Commissioner

Euripides L. Evriviades is High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as of 04 November 2013. Before assuming this post, he was Deputy Permanent Secretary/Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Jan., 2012–Nov., 2013) serving intermittently as Ag. Permanent Secretary. Prior, he served as Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (Nov., 2008–Jan., 2012), having also chaired its Rapporteur Group on External Relations (2011). Previously, he was Political Director of the Ministry (2006-2008), having concurrent accreditation to the State of Kuwait, pro tem Nicosia. 

Mr Evriviades was Ambassador to the United States of America and non-resident High Commissioner to Canada, serving concomitantly as: the Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization; the Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States; and Representative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (2003-2006). He also served as Ambassador to the Netherlands (2000-2003) and to Israel (1997-2000). Earlier in his career, he held positions at Cypriot embassies in Bonn, Germany (1986-1988); Moscow, USSR/Russia (1988-1993); and Tripoli, Libya (1995). 

He started his diplomatic career in 1976 at the Cyprus Consulate General in New York as Vice-Consul (1976-78) and later as Consul (1978-1982). He also held the position of First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations (1980-1982). From 1976 to 1980, he was a member of the Cyprus Delegation to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (4th–10th sessions). He has published articles on the subject, as well as on the Cyprus question; on security issues of the eastern Mediterranean; and on diplomacy. 

On 20 April 2015 he was voted by his peers in London as Diplomat of Year from Europe, an award of The Diplomat Magazine (est. 1947). On 15 January 2006, he received in Washington, DC, the King Legacy Award for International Service, bestowed upon him by the Committee on the International Salute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Man for All Nations. He was honored in The Hague as the “Ambassador of the Year" by the Stichting Vrienden van Saur ("Friends of Saur") Foundation, a Dutch social and philanthropic society (October 2003). Other decorations include the Great Commander of the Order of the Orthodox Knights of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem, February 2000); and the Order of Merit (First Class) of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bonn, March 1989).

High Commissioner Evriviades holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA-policy area of concentration: International Affairs and Security) from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1984) which he attended as a Fulbright Fellow. He graduated (cum laude, 1976) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He received a Doctor of Laws,Honoris Causa, from his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire (21 May 2005).He was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 6 August 1954. He is married to Anastasia Iacovidou-Evriviades, an attorney-at-law. He has an avid interest in the arts, especially music, as well as in antiquities, cartography and motorcycling.

Marios Psaras

Marios Psaras has studied Education and Philosophy at the University of Cyprus with a scholarship from the Evi Sofianou Foundation. He graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree and the departmental award of Excellence. He also holds a MA in Film Studies from Queen Mary University of London, for which he was awarded the Drapers Company Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He received his PhD in 2015 from QMUL for his doctoral thesis on contemporary Greek cinema, which provided the source for his first monograph, published within a year under the title The Queer Greek Weird Wave: Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). As a film scholar, Psaras taught film theory at Queen Mary and King’s College London and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Cyprus and Bochum, Germany, while presenting papers in numerous international academic conferences. He has also published articles, reviews and book chapters on contemporary Greek and European queer cinema in academic journals and edited volumes.

Psaras has worked as a teacher in primary education in Cyprus and Greek supplementary education in the UK. He has also worked as a radio producer for SuperFM Cyprus (2004-2008), and as a TV-host and executive producer on the TV show ‘Imaste Edo” (RIK1, 2004-2009), which was produced by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and the Youth Board of Cyprus. As a TV-host and reporter, Psaras travelled across the globe, covering youth events and activities and participating in such major youth events as European Youth Week, European Youth Media Days, and the World Festival of Youth and Students, thus being quite proactive on various issues concerning young people, including, education, culture and learning, active citizenship, youth policies and the environment. In 2009, he was awarded the Young European Journalist Award. As a filmmaker, he has directed three short films and two short documentaries. His most recent film, Thin Green Line, has screened at international film festivals in Europe and the United States, including the high-esteemed East End Film Festival 2018 in London and the 41st Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece. Psaras has also directed for the theatre, his most recent work being the critically-acclaimed theatrical performance Etairos, in collaboration with corporiality art collective.

Currently, Psaras is the artistic director of the annual festival Cyprus Short Film Day in London, a member of the pre-selection committee of the National Section of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and a member of the editorial board of the online academic journal Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies. As of September 1st 2018, Psaras serves as Cultural Counsellor of the Cyprus High Commission in London.

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