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.
Elida Lawton O’Connell
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