Ambassador Androulla Kaminara

Ambassador Androulla Kaminara


Ambassador Androulla Kaminara is a Non-resident Fellow and served as the inaugural Distinguished-Diplomat-in-Residence at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Qatar).

Amb. Kaminara has 40 years of exceptional record of leadership in public service, management, and in diplomacy. She has served as the first female European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Breaking the glass ceiling and working in multi-cultural, multi-national, and multi-disciplinary fields, have been her trademark throughout her career.

She has served as Director of Humanitarian Aid Operations for Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ECHO). Previously she was the Director for the Quality of Programs and Projects globally of EU International Cooperation and Development with an annual budget of ten billion euros.

Always interested in the link between academia and practice, she has served as the EU Fellow to St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and as a research associate at King’s College, London focusing on EU policies and the geopolitics of energy.

Earlier in her career, she served as Head of the European Commission Representation to Cyprus and as Head of the Unit for the coordination of development cooperation programs in forty-four West and Central African and Caribbean countries. She has also served as a cabinet member of two European Commission Commissioners.

She has extensive experience in the formulation of policy: e.g. information society and technology, development cooperation, trade, humanitarian aid, research, foreign affairs and diplomacy, energy policy, SME promotion, gender inclusion, and conflict resolution. She has represented the EU in numerous high-level international fora and multilateral negotiations and in numerous public speaking engagements. She has traveled to over 120 countries.

Before joining the EU, she was a Special Adviser to two government ministers in Greece and the Managing Director of a private consultancy firm.

Ambassador Kaminara has a B.Sc (Hons.) in Geology and Physics, from King’s College London, a MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, and a Maîtrise in International Politics from ULB University of Brussels.

She is the recipient of the Global Ambassador Award in 2021 and of the International Peace Award for her work on interfaith harmony.

Amb. Kaminara is an associate editor of the “Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Transactions on Technology and Society Journal.”

Events and Conferences

“Practitioner’s Proposals on How to Enhance Diplomatic Practice”

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) offered a public lecture by Ambassador Androulla Kaminara, GU-Q Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence for the 2023-2024 academic year. The event, “Practitioner’s Proposals on How to Enhance Diplomatic Practice,” offered a unique perspective on the evolution of diplomatic engagements in current international arenas.

Diplomat-in-Residence: Data, Policy, & Mentorship Crucial for Gender Equality

At a Georgetown Women’s Alliance-Qatar (GWA-Q) event held at GU-Q, H.E. Ambassador Androulla Kaminara, the first woman to serve as the European Union Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Pakistan, discussed the increasing role of women in international affairs, and shared insights on advancing global gender equality.

Lloyd George Study Group on Global Governance

Role: Panelist
Panel: The Role of the Region in Global Governance
Date: November 9, 2023, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Confronting the Impasse: Doha Symposium on Afghanistan and the Region

Role: Panelist
Panel: Climate Change and Natural Resource Governance
Date: November 10-11, 2023
Organizers: Zahra Babar, Hameed Hakimi, Irfan Nooruddin
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Radio Interview:

Radio Interview ORYX: 94 FM

Newspaper Articles:

The Peninsula, “Diplomacy requires solutions that consider diverse stakeholder needs: GU-Q official”


Gulf Times, “‘Diplomacy requires solutions
with diverse stakeholder needs’”


Al Raya, “جورجتاون تبحث تعزيز الممارسات الدبلوماسية”


Al Watan, “محاضر حول تطور المشاركات الدبلوماسية”

Web Articles:

Gulf Times, “Discussion analyses geopolitical implications of South Africa’s case against Israel”

Trading View, “GISR panel analyzes geopolitical implications of South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ”

MenaFN, “HBKU Holds Discussion On Implication Of S Africa’s Case Against Israel”

Gulf Times, “More women needed at the foreign policy table: GU-Q conference”

PHIL 2213: Ethics of Climate Change

Professor: James Olsen
Venue: 2A24

Geo-politics of Energy: Discussion on upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) Dubai 2023. Focus: Role of activists and activism in Climate Change Policy

    • Gender aspects of energy policy and the importance of being aware that there are different effects of policies on gender.

    • Humanitarian disasters appeals are almost never fully financed. From an ethical perspective is there more obligation to give priority for humanitarian aid to disasters resulting from climate change ?

INAF 3951: Academic Affairs Internship Course

Professor: Christine Schiwietz

ECON 4477: Gender and Economic Development

Professor: Lamis Kattan

IPOL 3273: Foreign Policy Formation

Professor: Kareema Dauod-Akguc

GOVT 2602: International Organizations

Professor: Lynda Iroulo