Nikola Dimitrov has been a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia since June 1st 2017. He was born in Skopje in 1972.
Being a professional diplomat since 1996, Dimitrov has an extensive diplomatic career. He was a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia in 2000 and an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the USA (2001-2006) and the Kingdom of Netherlands. In the period 2009-2014 he was a Permanent Representative to the OPCW.
In the period 2003-2008 Minister Dimitrov was Special Envoy in the talks for overcoming the name differences under the auspices of the United Nations while in the period 2008-2011 he was a co-representative of the Republic of Macedonia before the International Court of Justice in the case against Greece (Application of the Interim Accord of 1995).
Some of his more important professional engagements include the following: National Coordinator for the integration into NATO (2006-2009), Special Envoy of the Government for European and Euro-Atlantic integrations in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium (2007-2008), as well as National Security Adviser to the President (2000-2001).
Other professional activities of Minister Dimitrov are as it follows: prominent member of the Hague Institute of Global Justice, Hague, Netherlands (2014-2017), Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands (as of 2011), Member of the Advisory Board EUROPEINC – European Strategies Center (as of 2016), Member of Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, European Fund for Balkans and Center on SEE Studies within the University in Graz, Austria and a member of the Management Board, Integrated Education Foundation (as of 2015), and a Demonstrator on the Faculty of Law within the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” on the subjects International Public Law and International Human Rights Law (1996-2001).
In 1998 Minister Nikola Dimitrov acquired a Master of Law Degree at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 1996 he graduated from the Faculty of Law (University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius) in Skopje. He was awarded “26th July” award from the Frank Manning Foundation. In 2012 he took part in professional training at the Harvard Kennedy School of Administration.