Ambassador Chris J. Lazaris has served from multiple positions within the Greek Diplomatic corps, his portfolio including mandates of international cooperation, like National Representative to CFSP Western Balkans Group, Executive Officer in NATO Operation Joint Guardian and Director for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue in the MFA, while currently he is also serving as Special Envoy for Libya. As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Ambassador Chris J. Lazaris emphasizes the Greek Presidency’s determination to accent education as a primary weapon in the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion, and even, as a means of self-defense for Democracies against any resurgence of forces seeking to undermine and attack our common human and moral values.
Born in Athens, March 21 1958 Batchelor’s Degree, Law, National University of Athens, 1981 French, Italian, English, Turkish, Russian and Spanish. Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece, 2012
Married to Anna-Antonia Papafaklis
Diplôme d’Etudes Avancées (Master’s Degree), Geography and Politics, Sorbonne – Paris IV, 1996
Author of numerous articles, treatises and presentations, on defense and security, human rights and minorities, Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs.
Member of several scientific and professional associations, in Greece and abroad.
1976 -1980 Employed in the private sector, GEMTEC Industrial Company 1980 -1981 Deputy Director for Product Specifications and Bibliography, GEMTEC 1981-1982 Military Service, Hellenic Navy 1982 Joined the Diplomatic Service – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Athens 1982-1983 Aspirant, Diplomatic Academy, Athens 1983-1984 Attaché, MFA Athens 1984 Secretary 3rd Class, MFA Athens 1984-1986 Desk Officer for EC Enlargement (Spain and Portugal), MFA Athens 1986-1988 Desk Officer for EC – EFTA Relations, MFA Athens 1987 Secretary 2nd Class 1988-1991 Vice-consul of Greece in Istanbul 1990 Secretary 1st Class 1991-1992 Consul of Greece in Istanbul 1992 Acting Consul General of Greece in Istanbul 1992-1993 Secretary 1st Class, Hellenic Embassy in Paris 1993-1996 Counselor 2nd Class, Hellenic Embassy in Paris 1997 Counselor 1st Class 1997-1999 Deputy Director for former Yugoslavia, MFA Athens
National Representative to CFSP Western Balkans Group
1999 Executive Officer for Greece, NATO Operation JOINT GUARDIAN 1999-2002 Counselor 1st Class, Hellenic Embassy in Ankara and Head of the Economic and Trade Mission 2002-2003 Minister Counselor, Hellenic Embassy in Ankara 2003-2007 Minister Counselor, Hellenic Embassy to the Holy See 2007 Minister Plenipotentiary 2nd Class 2007-2010 Director for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, MFA Athens 2010 Ambassador of Greece to the Arab Republic of Egypt 2011 Minister Plenipotentiary 1st Class 2016 Ambassador of Greece to the Kingdom of Spain and Principality of Andorra 2017 Full Ambassador 2019 Special Envoy for Libya, MFA, Athens 2020 Special Envoy for IHRA
Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite, France, 1997
Cross of the Croatian Knot (Red Hrvatskovo Pletera), 1999
Grand Cross of the Order of Saint James, Syrian Church, 2009
Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sava, Patriarchate of Alexandria, 2014
Born in Athens, March 21 1958
Batchelor’s Degree, Law, National University of Athens, 1981
French, Italian, English, Turkish, Russian and Spanish.
Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece, 2012