The newly appointed Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, George Chacalli, is one of the country’s most senior diplomats, with previous experience in the US, as well as wide-ranging service in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe.
This is Mr. Chacalli’s second posting to Washington. From 1997 through 2001, he served first as Counselor/Congressional Liaison and then as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus’ Embassy to the United States. Before arriving for his new posting in Washington, Mr. Chacalli served as Ambassador to Sweden, with accreditation to Norway and Latvia, from 2010 to 2013. From 2004 through 2006, he served as Ambassador to Hungary, with accreditation to Moldova and Bosnia/Herzegovina.
Mr. Chacalli has many years of experience with the European Union, serving as Cyprus’ Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU from 2006 through 2010. During 2006, he also headed the EU Internal Market Unit in the EU Affairs Division in the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001 through 2003, he worked in the EU Affairs Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving first as Secretary of the Cyprus Delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. and later as Cyprus’ Representative to the Intergovernmental Council of the EU.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia, Mr. Chacalli worked in the Political Affairs Division in the Middle East Desk from 1996 through 1997 and as Attaché in the Cyprus Question Department from 1989 through 1991. From 1991 through 1996, he served as First Secretary for Political and Commonwealth Affairs for the Cyprus High Commission in London.
Educated in the UK and in Belgium, Mr. Chacalli earned a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Cambridge in 1987; an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in 1986; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Law from the University of Kent in 1985; and a Diplome d/Etudes in Economics from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in 1982.
Fluent in English and French, as well as his mother tongue, Greek, and conversant in German and Spanish, Mr. Chacalli has worked as a freelance translator. In 2006, the President of Hungary awarded Mr. Chacali the Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Civil Division).