Rondos Alex - Greece

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Since 2004, Mr. Rondos is working on the private sector, and serves on the board of various international initiatives. He serves in the following international capacities: Chairman of Working Table l of the Stability Pact for the Balkans; and as Personal Representative of the Romanian Chairman in Office of the OSCE.

Mr. Rondos’ career has included journalism at West Africa Magazine, followed by 12 years work in relief and development work, including eight years for Catholic Relief Services in senior management positions in Ethiopia and the Middle East. Mr. Rondos created the first inter-Orthodox relief agency, International Orthodox Christian Charities, and established operations in the former Yugoslavia, the Russian federation, and the West Bank and Gaza.

After two years at the World Bank, he became an adviser to the Foreign Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, counseling him and implementing changes in Greek strategy in the Balkans and Turkey as well as helping manage the Greek Presidency of the European Union during the Iraq crisis. He concluded government service as Ambassador at Large.

In addition to serving as personal adviser to the Foreign Minister, Mr. Rondos undertook special missions. These included designing a relief mission to Kosovo during the NATO bombing campaign (report provided to UNSG); advising senior democratic opposition politicians in Belgrade leading up to and during the change of power; establishing and serving as Director General of the Department of International Development Cooperation. In this capacity, he led the Greek humanitarian mission to Turkey following the earthquake there in 1999 that led to a rapprochement between Greece and Turkey. Throughout this period, he also served as a personal envoy of the Foreign Minister on missions to Turkey, governments in the Middle East, Europe, and the USA.

Alex Rondos is Greek national, born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in 1954. He was educated in Kenya and the UK, completing his BA (Hons) at Oxford University (Brasenose College).