Tudor Ulianovschi

Tudor Ulianovschi (born 25 May 1983) 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]

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
Born (1983-05-25) May 25, 1983 (age 37)
Florești Moldovan SSR, USSR
Political partyIndependent
Alma materFree International University of Moldova (2000–2005)
State University of Moldova (2007–2008)

Educational backgroundEdit

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 of Bucharest.

Diplomatic careerEdit

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, Ulianovschi served on and chaired various committees, including the Balance of Payments Committee of the WTO[2], the Trade and Development Board at UNCTAD[3] the General Assembly at WIPO[4], and the Steering Committee on Trade at UNECE[5]. He also has served at the Embassies of the Republic of Moldova in Washington, DC (2007-2010) and Doha (2013-2014), before becoming the Deputy Foreign Minister.

Foreign ministerEdit

As President of the Trade and Development Board of UNCTAD

When he was appointed, he was immediately considered by political experts to be an associate of former Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, with former UN Ambassador Alexei Tulbure saying that he was most likely "a man of Leanca".[6][7] As Moldova’s Foreign Minister, Ulianovschi promoted government decisions to open new diplomatic missions in Africa, Latin America, India and Europe, During his mandate, Moldova ratified and implemented the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and became a member of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. He represented Moldova at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019. 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 Operational Group of Russian Forces to be withdrawn from Moldovan territory.[8][9] He was removed from his post as a result of the 2019 Moldovan constitutional crisis and the resignation of the cabinet to make way for the incoming Sandu Cabinet.

Personal lifeEdit

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.