Ioannis Vrailas is the Special Adviser on Political Issues within the Office of the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ioannis has more than 30 years of diplomatic experience, having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece in 1985.
He has served with the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN (1992-1996), twice with the Greek Permanent Representation to the EU (1988-89 and 2004-2009), and has also been Deputy Chief of Mission with the Embassies of Greece in Tehran (1996-1999) and in Washington (2009-2011). Ioannis’ assignments when at headquarters in Athens included the Departments of European Union External Relations (1986-1988) and European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy (as European Correspondent from 1999 to 2004).
In July 2011, he joined the European External Action Service, after having been selected to the post of Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York (which he occupied until August 2016).
Ioannis studied economics at the University of Athens and European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
He speaks English, French, Greek, Italian and Spanish.