A career involving service with NGO’s, multilateral organisations and government has led Alex Rondos to concentrate on the role of private diplomacy as a vital instrument for preventing conflict, negotiating an end to conflict and managing non-violent change. Born in 1954 in Tanzania, he was educated in the UK concluding with a BA in History from Oxford University. Alex wrote for West Africa magazine for several years before moving into relief and development work.
He spent 8 years with Catholic Relief Services where he was part of the emergency operations in Ethiopia in 1985 and 1986 and subsequently managed their office in Cairo with responsibility for numerous programs in the Middle East.
He was the founding Executive Director for the first Orthodox Christian humanitarian organisation in 1992 and established operations in Russia, Georgia, Balkans, Jerusalem/West Bank and in East Africa. In 1996 he went to the World Bank where he advised on the relationship between the Bank and social constituencies in borrowing countries.
He was invited to Greece in 1998 to join the political team of George Papandreou, the former Prime Minister. Subsequently, he was appointed Special Envoy and Ambassador at Large for the government. Alex was involved in efforts to support the democratisation of Serbia and contributed to the overall policies to promote the entry of the Balkans to the EU. He represented the government of Greece in its initial humanitarian response to the earthquake in Turkey in 1999, and has carried out missions in the Middle East.
Since 2004, he has been involved in the private sector, advising governments and corporations on strategy. He was a member of the International Commission on the Balkans and remains active in other efforts to promote peaceful resolution to conflicts.