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Ambassador Tsikouris has a rich combination of academic and international diplomacy experience. Fluent in five languages, he holds a summa cum laude J.D. from Athens University, a B.A. in Political Science from the same university, an M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in History both from the University of New Orleans. He has served in Germany, the United Nations in New York (32nd General Assembly) and New Orleans, Louisiana as Consul for Greece with jurisdiction over eight states in the south of the United States. During his time in New Orleans Ambassador Tsikouris was instrumental in establishing the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida, before moving to his next assignment as First Secretary of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Tsikouris also served as Faculty Advisor on the staff of the NATO Defense College in Rome, where he developed a new program on European Integration. He has extensive experience in the decision-making process of the European Union Institutions, having served as Head of the Department of Internal Market and as Head of the European Constitution Department of the Greek M.F.A. Promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary in 1994 he served as Minister at the Embassy of Greece in Rome and then as Ambassador in Iran, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Ambassador Tsikouris has also served as the Permanent Representative of Greece to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Throughout these assignments, he crafted numerous articles and delivered lectures to academic institutions across the United States and in other countries.
Upon retirement in 2010, Ambassador Tsikouris became a U.S. resident and subsequently joined Roberts Law Firm (headquartered in Little Rock, AR), representing the firm in Washington, D.C., New York and Europe. He has a vast network of personal connections at the highest level with many countries and has led export initiatives on behalf of companies wishing to enter new markets. As a result of his initiative and efforts, an MOU was signed on July 1, 2015, at the State Capitol in Little Rock, AR, between the Governor of Arkansas and the Chairman of Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, establishing a sister-state relationship.
Since early 1980, led the establishment of the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, by a fundraising effort (May 1981). The CGS is now the largest and most successful center of its kind in the South East United States.
Initiated the establishment of the “Hellenic Arts Society” in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the promotion of Greek Letters and Art (1980).
Introduced and developed an innovative program on European Integration at the NATO Defense College in Rome, by giving a series of lectures on the European Union decision-making process (served on the Faculty of N.D.C. from February 1991 to July 1995).
Organized symposia on international topics at N.D.C. and other institutions such as the Bologna Center of John Hopkins University, (February 17, 1995).
Initiated an agreement between European Union governments and Iran following proposal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran for the mutual return of recalled Ambassadors (“Myconos Case” – April 1997). The proposal, presented at an ad hoc meeting of Ambassadors in Brussels, was approved at the Council of Ministers level.
Initiated an agreement with his Turkish counterpart in a meeting in Ankara (October 17-18, 2002) for the readmission by Turkey of approximately 1400 illegal immigrants from Greece.
Initiated and successfully completed negotiations with Pakistan authorities that led to an agreement (April 2004) regarding the release of Greek sailors detained in Karachi, and the beginning of talks with the American Club to determine indemnity to be paid as a result of the “Tasman Spirit” oil spill of July 2003.
Headed the crisis management unit set up within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the repatriation of Tsunami victims in South Asia (Dec. 26, 2004). Received citation by the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs for organizing and coordinating rescue efforts. Greece was, thus, the first EU country to send, the same day, a transport plane to Thailand that also repatriated many nationals from other countries.
Grand Commander of the Order of Phoenix (Greece)
Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy)
Award for the Creation of the Hellenic Arts Society, New Orleans, Louisiana (1983).
Award in recognition of four years of meritorious service to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and to the NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy, July 14, 1995).
Award by the American Club (given at the Port of Pireus, April 2007) for initiatives and negotiations with Pakistani authorities that led to an agreement regarding the “Tasman Spirit” oil spill of July 2003 and the release of Greek sailors that had been detained in Karachi for more than 9 months.