H. E. Nineta Bârbulescu

Ambassador, Embassy of Romania


Since 2021 Mrs. Nineta Bărbulescu is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Romanian career diplomat since 1994, Mrs. Bărbulescu served as Ambassador to Australia 2013–2020, concurrently Ambassador to New Zealand and the 1st non-resident Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, while serving as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Dean of the Women Heads of Missions in Australia. For Romanian diaspora she opened a career consulate in Melbourne, the first Honorary Consulates in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart and 2 new polling stations.

Nineta was born in 1968 in Galați, Romania, near Danube and started the diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating in 1992 Magna cum Laude Law Faculty at the University of Bucharest with Bachelor in Public International Law.

Mrs. Bărbulescu was appointed Speaker’ Chief of Cabinet, State secretary, MFA Director General, initiating amendments to Romanian laws (still in force). Nineta served as Vice-President of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Chair of the OPCW Confidentiality Commission, Chair of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation 2011, Head of the multinational delegation for the Australia Group mission in Republic of Moldova 2013, speaker at conferences in London, Wellington, Washington, Canberra, Cheltenham, Zagreb, Budapest, Baku a.o., visiting lecturer to Romanian law faculties, wrote international studies and co-authored “The International Court of Justice and the Law of the Sea”.

The President of Romania awarded Mrs. Nineta Bărbulescu the National Distinction For Merit, Knight Rank. In 2019 Mrs. Bărbulescu received the 1st Diocese Order and Medal “Holy Apostles Peter and Paul” from His Grace The Rev. Bishop of Romanian Orthodox.

Nineta is married with Dan Cristian Bărbulescu PHF and they are blessed with 4 sons and 1 granddaughter.