United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Simona-Mirela Miculescu of Romania as his Representative and Director of the United Nations Office in Belgrade. Ms. Miculescu succeeds Peter Due of Denmark, who has assumed new functions at United Nations Headquarters. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Due for his contribution to the work of the United Nations Office in Belgrade during his tenure in this position.
As the Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Miculescu will oversee the Office’s activities in support of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and with regard to regional developments of special relevance to the work of the United Nations and UNMIK.
Ms. Miculescu has extensive diplomatic experience in several senior posts in the Government of Romania. She is currently the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations and has held other high-level Government positions, such as Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Romania. She also served as Spokesperson for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Media Adviser to the Minister, Director of the Press Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Press Secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Senior Adviser for Public Outreach to the Government of Iraq and Senior Public Information Officer at the Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Kosovo.
Ms. Miculescu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English literature and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Literature from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She also received a Professional Certificate in Public Relations from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Born in 1959, she is married and has two children.