Tudor Ulianovschi

Diplomat Iurie Leancă Nicu Popescu
Tudor Ulianovschi
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Tudor Ulianovschi, at WTO press conference, 2020
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
In office
18 January 2018 – 8 June 2019
PresidentIgor Dodon
Prime MinisterPavel Filip
Preceded byAndrei Galbur
Succeeded byNicu Popescu
Personal details
Political partyIndependent
Alma materFree International University of Moldova (2000–2005)
State University of Moldova (2007–2008) PhD candidate in international private law

Tudor Ulianovschi is a Moldovan politician and diplomat who was Foreign Minister of Moldova in the Filip Cabinet between January 2018 and June 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Moldovan Ambassador to Liechtenstein and Switzerland[1] One of his major diplomatic breakthroughs achieved during his tenure was the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution (document A/72/L.58) in June 2018 which called on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Moldovan territory.[2]

Ambassador Tudor Ulianovschi has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova and has a distinguished career in diplomatic service of over 15 years, accumulating vast experience in international political and economic relations, including trade policy matters.

As Moldova’s Foreign Minister in the period of 2018-2019, Amb. Ulianovschi has promoted Government decisions to open new diplomatic missions in Africa, Latin America, India and Europe, strengthened the national strategy on foreign economic diplomacy, enhancing Moldova’s role in international and regional organizations, expanding the number of bilateral investment treaties and foreign investment protection agreements, while fully capitalizing upon the potential of bilateral relations. During his mandate, Moldova ratified and implemented the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and became a member of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

Minister Ulianovschi represented the Republic of Moldova at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019, as the head of delegation, where he actively engaged in talks with foreign leaders on current challenges of the world trade system and mutually beneficial strategies for the future.

As President of the Trade and Development Board of UNCTAD

Prior to that, between 2016-2018 he was the Moldovan top diplomat in Geneva, serving as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.

During his mandate in Geneva, Amb. Ulianovschi served on and chaired various Committees, including: Chair of the Balance of Payments Committee of the WTO[3], President of the Trade and Development Board at UNCTAD[4], Vice President of the General Assembly at WIPO[5], President of the Steering Committee on Trade at UNECE[6].

In this capacity, his tested experience and hands-on approach have quickly earned him the reputation of a well-prepared and credible negotiator, capable of identifying creative solutions and building consensus around them. Prior to the Buenos Aires WTO Ministerial Conference, Ambassador Ulianovschi was one of the 4 Geneva based designated negotiators-facilitators, who has successfully identified a consensual text on a part of the draft Declarations of the Ministerial.

As Deputy Foreign Affaires Minister of the Republic of Moldova between 2014-2016, Tudor Ulianovschi has been in charge of economic diplomacy, international trade negotiations and public diplomacy. During his mandate, Moldova finalized negotiations and signed the Association Agreement with the European Union (including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement), as well as FTA with Turkey and initiated consultations on FTA with EFTA countries.

In his diplomatic career, Ambassador Ulianovschi served at the Embassies of the Republic of Moldova in Washington, DC (2007-2010), Doha (2013-2014) and Geneva (2016-2018). In the Ministry, he served as Director for Americas, Asia, Africa and Middle East, as Deputy Minister and as the Foreign Minister.

Minister Ulianovschi’s background also includes high-level management position in the private sector, being the Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations of a multi-national company, based in Canada[7].

Minister Ulianovschi’s academic background is in International Public and Trade Law, at the Free International University of Moldova (a LLM degree and a PhD candidate), the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest. He is also author of multiple publications on international relations and speaker on trade and development agenda.

Amb. Ulianovschi is a member of the International Gender Champions[8]. Tudor Ulianovschi received the national award of “Distinguished Personality of the Year - 2018” by journal “VIP Magazin[9] [1]” and the award of “Man of the Year 2019” by “Aquarelle” media.

He is currently married with a child.[10] Besides his native Moldovan language, he is fluent in English, Russian, French and Arabic. He was a legal advisor to various non-governmental organizations in the field of human and patient rights, as well as trade public law.