The speech of Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Stamatopoulos from the Opening Ceremony of ThessISMUN 2017 is available here.
Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos was, for the past three years, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy.
He was responsible for advising the Secretary General on political issues affecting the security of the Alliance; NATO’s partnership relations across the globe and its interaction with other international organizations, with particular emphasis on the European Union as well as the United Nations; chairing the meetings of the Deputy Permanent Representatives and the Political Advisers of the Allied Delegations at NATO Headquarters; and directing the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division of the NATO International Staff.
Ambassador Stamatopoulos has attended Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, the London School of Economics, McGill University and Georgia State University. He entered the Greek Foreign Service in 1979 and has a distinguished record of public service.
He served as Head of the External Affairs Section of the Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Union where he was intimately involved in the development of policy in the Western Balkans and of the new instrument of EU foreign and security policy, especially the Political and Security Committee. He later became Director General for European Union Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Athens and “focal point” for the Lisbon Treaty negotiations. He has also served as Consul in Atlanta, Consul General in Alexandria and was Ambassador to Bulgaria prior to taking up his position at NATO in September 2013.
Ambassador Stamatopoulos has extensive NATO experience, having served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the Greek Delegation to NATO from 2000 to 2004, and Greece’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council from 2007 to 2012.
He was particularly closely involved in the development of the current Strategic Concept and NATO’s partnership policy, and worked intimately with colleagues from the region in the context of NATO’s 2011 operation to protect the people of Libya.