Mr. Dapkiunas has returned to New York as Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations after a brief spell of absence. Prior to his current appointment he served in Minsk as Director for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
From 2004 to 2011, he served as Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations. While in New York, he served as President of the Executive Board of UNICEF (2006) and Vice-President of ECOSOC (2008).
Before his first appointment to the United Nations as ambassador, he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director of the Americas Department (1997 to 2004), Head of the Office for the United States and Canada (1995 to 1997) and, briefly, as Assistant to the Minister (1994 to 1995).
He was also Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the United Nations (1992 to 1994) and Second Secretary of the Chernobyl International Cooperation Department in the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1992). From 1985 to 1988, he was a lecturer in the Interpretation Department of the Minsk State Institute for Foreign Languages.
Mr. Dapkiunas served on the Board and the Personnel Assessment Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus (2002 to 2004). He was Deputy Head of the Recruitment and Postings Commission of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2004.
He holds a doctorate in political science from Belarusian State University and a Higher Education Diploma in languages (English and French) from the Minsk State Institute for Foreign Languages. He carried our doctoral research as a Research Fee scholar in the London Scholl of Economics from 1989 to 1990. His knowledge of languages includes Belarusian, English, French, Polish and Russian.
Born in Minsk in 1963, Mr. Dapkiunas is married, with two children.