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Dmytro Kuleba

Dmytro Kuleba
Дмитро Кулеба
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
4 March 2020
Prime MinisterDenys Shmyhal
Preceded byVadym Prystaiko
Deputy Prime Minister
on matters of European relations
In office
29 August 2019 – 4 March 2020
Prime MinisterOleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byIvanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
Succeeded byVadym Prystaiko
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe
In office
2016–2019
Preceded byMykola Tochytsky
Succeeded byBorys Tarasyuk[1]
Personal details
Born (1981-04-19) 19 April 1981 (age 40)
Sumy, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Ukraine
Alma materTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Dmytro Ivanovich Kuleba (Ukrainian: Дмитро Іванович Кулеба; born on April 19, 1981 in Sumy) is a Ukrainian statesman, diplomat and communications specialist, currently serving in the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.[2] He is also concurrently a member of the National Defense and Security Council of Ukraine.[3] He is one of the youngest top-diplomats in Ukraine's history.[4] He previously worked as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration[5] as well as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe between 2016 and 2019.

Biography

Kuleba was born on April 19, 1981 in Ukraine's eastern city of Sumy. He graduated from the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine in 2003 and holds a degree of the Candidate of Sciences (PhD equivalent) in International Law.

Kuleba has served in Ukraine's diplomatic service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003. In 2013, he abandoned public service citing his disagreement with Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych's course and chaired the UART Foundation for Cultural Diplomacy .

He took active part in Euromaidan protests in 2013-2014.

At height of the early stages of the Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014, Kuleba decided to return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ambassador-at-Large to launch strategic communications. He introduced the concepts of digital diplomacy, strategic communications, cultural diplomacy and public diplomacy into the Ministry’s work.

In 2016 Kuleba was appointed Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. From August 2019 to March 2020 he has been Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine. He has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine since March 4, 2020.

Personal life

Kuleba wrote a bestseller book "The War for Reality. How to Win in the World of Fakes, Truths and Communities" (2019) on modern communications, media literacy, and countering disinformation. In December 2017, Kuleba was named the best Ukrainian ambassador of the Year 2017 by the Institute of World Policy. [6][7]

Family

Kuleba's mother is Yevhenia Kuleba. His father Ivan Kuleba is a career diplomat, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2003-2004), as well as Ukraine's ambassador to Egypt (1997-2000), Czech Republic (2004-2009), Kazakhstan (2008-2019), Armenia (since 2019).

Kuleba is married and has two children: Yehor (born 2006) and Liubov (born 2011).

Kuleba's wife Yevhenia was number 1 on the party list for the Kyiv City Council of the party Servant of the People in the 2020 Kyiv local election on October 25, 2020.[8][9] She is a Kyiv City Council Deputy, Secretary of the Kyiv City Council Standing Committee on Environmental Policy.

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