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Markos Kyprianou studied Law at the Law School of the University of Athens. He attended graduate studies at Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he specialised in International Law and Tax Law and was awarded a Master’s degree in Law (LLM). He continued his studies at Harvard Law School and was awarded a Master’s degree, specialising in Business Law and Taxation. Thereafter, he worked as a trainee at the Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe and carried out research in International Law at the University of Cambridge.

From 1986 to 1991 he served as Municipal Councillor for the City of Nicosia. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 under the banner of the Democratic Party and was re-elected in 1996 and in 2001. While in the House of Representatives he served as the Parliamentary Spokesman of the Democratic Party, Leader of the delegation of the House of Representatives to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as a member of the Cyprus delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He also served as the Chairman of the House Standing Committee for the “Areas Close to the Demarcation Line,” Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and member of the Committee on Legal Affairs.

He was the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs from 1999 to 2003.

He resigned from the House of Representatives in March 2003, to take over as Minister of Finance.

When the Republic of Cyprus joined the EU on 1st May 2004, he was appointed as the first Cypriot EU Commissioner, responsible for Budgetary Affairs.  In November 2004 he was reappointed EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

He served as Foreign Minister from March 2008 to August 2011.

He practiced Law from 1985 to 2003. He has now resumed his practice.

In February 2014 he returned to active politics and was elected as Deputy President of the Democratic Party of Cyprus.

He is also a member of the Cyprus Red Cross Society, the American Bar Association, the Board of Advisors Centre for International Relations and Sustainable Development. He is also a Senior Advisor in the Earth Institute SDSN Advisory Group.