Mr Ruairí O’Connell has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo. Mr Ruairí O’Connell has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo in succession to Mr Ian Cameron Cliff OBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr O’Connell will take up his appointment in early April 2015.
Mr O’Connell joined the FCO in 2001 and is currently Deputy Director in the Directorate for International Security and Head of the NATO Summit Unit. He has worked on a range of issues during his career, focusing on European security issues and sustainable economic development. He served in Kosovo during the lead up to Kosovo Independence.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, Mr O’Connell said:
I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as British Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo. Through difficult recent history, Britain and Kosovo have developed a strong and lasting relationship. I look forward to returning to Kosovo and working again with friends old and new from all Kosovo communities to build on the strong links between our peoples, and to support Kosovo on the path to European Integration.
|Full name:||Ruairí O’Connell|
|Married to:||Elida Lawton O’Connell|
|Children:||Two daughters, one son|
|2014 – Present||FCO, Deputy Director, Head of NATO Summit Unit, Directorate for Defence and International Security|
|2013 – 2014||FCO, Head, Illegal Wildlife Trade Project|
|2012 – 2013||FCO, Deputy Director, London 2012 and GREAT Campaign|
|2010 – 2011||FCO, Head of Strategy and Analysis, Finance Directorate|
|2008 – 2010||FCO, Advisor/Head of Unit, for the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change|
|2004 – 2008||Pristina, Second Secretary Political, later Deputy Head of Mission|
|2001 – 2002||FCO, Eastern Adriatic Department|