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Ambasador Extraordinar și Plenipotențiar al României în Australia, 

Noua Zeelandă, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Insulele Solomon, Tuvalu şi Vanuatu

Doamna Nineta BĂRBULESCU

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania

to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu



Biografy available only in English

Romanian career diplomat since 1994, Mrs. Bărbulescu was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth of Australia in August 2013, to New Zealand in April 2015, to Solomon Islands and Kiribati in May 2018 and to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu in October 2018.In June 2019 Ambassador Bărbulescu was appointed as (non-resident) Ambassador to Tuvalu.

Ambassador Bărbulescu was born in Galați City, near Danube, on February 23, 1968 and started her diplomatic career immediately after she graduated Magna cum Laude Law Faculty at the Bucharest University in 1992 as Bachelor in Public International Law.

Prior to Ambassadorial position, Mrs.Bărbulescu held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, at the Euro-Atlantic Centre and at the Public International Law Department. Mrs. Bărbulescu advanced step by step with her diplomatic degrees starting with diplomatic attaché up to Minister Plenipotentiary, awarded in 2010. During 1993 – 1997 Mrs.Bărbulescu was appointed Chief of Cabinet at the Office of the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker. During 1997 – 1999 Mrs. Bărbulescu served as senior expert at the NATO & Non Proliferation Directorate within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 2000 Mrs. Bărbulescu was appointed deputy director for NATO and Strategic Issues Department and he MFA representative to the Inter- Agency Council for Arms and Dual Use Export Controls.

During 2001 – 2005 Mrs. Bărbulescu was appointed State Secretary, President of the National Agency for Export Controls (ANCEX) and Head of the National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention implementation in Romania, ANCEX being directly subordinated to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. More details at

For her contribution to the national foreign policy, in 2002, the President of Romania awarded Mrs. Bărbulescu with the National Distinction For Merit - Knight Rank - Ordinul Naţional pentru Merit în rang de cavaler.

During 2007 - 2013 Mrs. Bărbulescu served as Director for the OSCE, Asymmetrical Risks, Non - Proliferation & Combating Terrorism Directorate within MFA and during 2010 – 2012, (cumulative), she also served as Director for Human Rights and Council of Europe Directorate. Mrs. Bărbulescu managed the widest range of security related issues, non-proliferation, disarmament, hard security topics, counter-proliferation, conventional arms topics (including small arms, light weapons/SALW and ammunition), arms control (CFE, Open Sky, Vienna Document 1999), policies in export controls, human rights and rights of persons belonging to minorities, OSCE and Council of Europe a.s.o.

In January 2013 Mrs. Bărbulescu was appointed Director General for Export Controls within the MFA and initiated inter alia several amendments to Romanian Arms Export Controls Law, currently still in force.

A short selection of the most important positions and international functions of Mrs. Bărbulescu during her various tenures within the MFA of Romania:

- Head of Romanian delegation to the inaugural conference of theUN Programme of Action for combating illicit trade with small arms and light weapons in all its aspects in 2001,

- Head of Romanian delegations to the Wassenaar Arrangement Plenaries, the Nuclear Suppliers Group Plenaries and to the Australia Group Plenaries during 2001 – 2004 and in 2013.

- During 2001 – 2004 – Head of Romanian delegation to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Conferences of States Parties and to the CWC Review Conferences in 2003 and in 2013.

- Vice-President of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Main Committee I /Disarmament, New York, visit

- 2010 – 2014 – Member, vice-Chair and Chair of the Confidentiality Commission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) , the Hague– visit În december 2014 Ambassasdor Bărbulescu was re-elected, by the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, for the third consecutive term, as Member of the OPCW Confidentiality Commission.

- 2011 – 2012 Chair of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, Vienna,, and

- 2012 - Romanian Sous-Sherpa for Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

- March 2013 – Vice-President of the Final UN Diplomatic  Conference for adopting an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in New York

- Romanian POC for UN Programme of Action for combating illicit trade with small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, visit

- Romanian POC for Small Arms and Light Weapons and for the Biological Weapons Convention.

- September 2013 – Head of the multinational delegation for the Australia Group Outreach mission in Republic of Moldova.

Ambassador Bărbulescu was invited as guest speaker to numerous international conference and workshops, i.e. International Conference on Export Controls (Washington, 2001, Cheltenham, 2002, Budapest, 2003 a.s.o), Globalization of Export Controls (London, 2004), The 1540 Resolution – the Way Ahead (Zagreb, 2008 and Baku, 2012).

Ambassador Bărbulescu was lecturer and visiting professor for public international law to several Romanian universities: Bucharest University/ Law Faculty, Dimitrie Cantemir University, Titu Maiorescu University, Nicolae Titulescu Law Institute and published several studies and publications dedicated to inter alia new developments in human rights field (i.e. European citizenship), law of the sea, International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for Rwanda and International Court of Justice jurisprudentia and to the export controls field. Together with Romanian career Ambassador  Mr. Aurel Preda Mătăsaru, Mrs. Bărbulescu published in 1999, the book “ The International Court of Justice and the Law of the Sea”, Finmedia, Lex series.

In April 2015 Ambassador Bărbulescu was appointed non-resident Ambassador for New Zealand and in July 2018 Nineta presented credentials in Solomon Islands and Republic of Kiribati, establishing diplomatic relationships with this country. During January-March 2019 Ambassador Bărbulescu presented her credentials as the first Romanian Ambassador for Vanuatu (in Port Vila), Samoa (in Apia) and Fiji (in Suva). Ambassador Bărbulescu is the first Romanian Ambassador appointed in the Pacific islands countries. In 2017 Ambassador Bărbulescu opened the first Romanian Honorary Consulates in Perth, Western Australia and Adelaide, South Australia and in June 2018 it was established a consular bureau of the Embassy of Romania in Melbourne, Victoria, for more than 10000 Romanians and Australians of Romanian origin living in Australian states Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. In 2019 Ambassador Bărbulescu opened the first Honorary Consulate of Romania in Tasmania.

She speaks English and French.

Mrs.Bărbulescu is married since 1992 with Mr. Dan Cristian Bărbulescu and they have 4 sons: Tudor Ioan, Victor Andrei, Cristian Dimitrie and David Ioan Constantin. Bărbulescu family arrived in Canberra, Australia in October 2013. 

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