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H.E. Mr Vladimir MAKEI
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Born in 1958 in Grodno Region, Belarus.

Graduated from the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (1980), Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria (1993).


1980–1993 – Service in the Armed Forces of the USSR / Republic of Belarus. Retired colonel.
1993–1995 – Third Secretary of the Information and Humanitarian Cooperation Department, Second Secretary of the Analysis and Forecast Division, Second Secretary of the Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
1995–1996 – Deputy Head of the State Protocol Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1996–1999 – Representative of the Republic of Belarus at the Council of Europe – Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the French Republic.
1999–2000 – Director of the Pan-European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2000–2008 – Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus.
2008–2012 – Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
Since 20 August 2012 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Speaks German and English.
Married, has three children
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Mr Aleksandr MIKHNEVICH
First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Born in 1953 in Minsk.

Graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (1977) and the All-Union Academy of Foreign Trade (1986).

 

1977 – 1978 – Engineer, “Integral” Production and Technical Amalgamation, Minsk.
1978 – 1980 – Deputy Secretary of the Youth League committee, “Integral” Production and Technical Amalgamation, Minsk.
1980 – 1983 – Head of Division, Minsk City Committee of the Youth League of the Belarusian Soviet Social Republic.
1986 – 1987 – Acting Head of Personnel Division, Belarusian Research Institute of Scientific and Technical Information and Technical and Economic Researches, State Planning Committee of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.
1987 – 1988 – Head of Patent and License Researches Division, Belarusian Research Institute of Scientific and Technical Information and Technical and Economic Researches, State Planning Committee of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.
1988 – 1992 – Head of Foreign Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Light Industry of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic / Republic of Belarus.
1992 – 1995 – Head of Division, then Head of Foreign Economic Relations Department, Belarusian Light Industry Concern “Bellegprom”.
1995 – 2000 – First Vice-President, Belarusian Light Industry Concern “Bellegprom”.
2000 – 2006 – Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
2006 – 2012 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the UK and the Republic of Ireland
From September 2012 – First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Speaks English and Polish.
Awarded with national decorations.
Married, has a son.

 

Ms Alena KUPCHYNA
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Born in 1965 in the city of Minsk, Belarus.
Graduated from the Belarusian State University with distinction, Faculty of Law (1987);
Post-graduate study at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Law (1987-1990); Doctor of Law (1991).


1990-1992 – Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Law, Belarusian Academy of Sciences;
1992-1993 – Second Secretary, Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus;
1993-1994 – Head of International Treaties Division, Legal Department, MFA;
1994-1995 – Deputy Director of Legal Department, MFA;
1995-1997 – Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Belarus to UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva;
1997-1998 – Deputy Permanent Representative of Belarus to UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva;
2001-2002 – Consultant, Department of International Organizations, MFA;
2002-2004 – Director of Department for Humanitarian, Ecological, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, MFA;
2004-2006 – Director of Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, MFA;
2006-2012 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Hungary;
2008-2012 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Slovenia (with the residence in Budapest);
From May 2012  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Speaks English and French. 
Has one son
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Mr Valentin RYBAKOV
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Born in 1958 in Tomsk.

Graduated from the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute for Foreign Languages (English and French languages). Completed a training course at the Foreign Service Institute of the US State Department (1994).


1993-1994 – Third Secretary, Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
1994-1999 – First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United States of America.
1999-2001 – Head of the Division for International Security and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
2001-2003 – Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the UN.
2003-2005 – Counsellor, Minister-Councillor, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United States of America.
2005 – Head of the American Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
2005-2006 – Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
2006-2013 – Assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus.
From January 2013 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Has one son.

 

 

Mr Evgeny SHESTAKOV
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Born in 1969 in Volgograd.

Graduated from the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (1992), attended a course arranged by the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics special faculty (1993).

1992-1993 – Attaché of the Bilateral Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
1993-1995 – Attaché, Third Secretary, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Lithuanian Republic.
1995-1998 – Second Secretary of the General and Legal Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Belarus.
1998-2003 – First Secretary, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Russian Federation.
2003-2004 – Head of the Organization and Documentation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Belarus.
2004-2008 – Head of the Chief Organization and Control Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Belarus.
2008-2016 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Italian Republic, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
2009-2016 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Malta with concurrent accreditation.
From March 2016 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

Speaks English, French, Lithuanian and Italian.
Married, has two children.