Nikiforos Diamandouros served as European Ombudsman from April 2003 until October 2013. He was elected to that post three times, in 2003, 2005, and 2010. From 1998 to 2003, he was the first National Ombudsman of Greece. He is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens. From 1995 to 1998 he served as Director and Chairman of the Greek National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and from 1992 until 1998 he was President of the Greek Political Science Association.
He has written extensively on the politics and history of Greece, Southern Europe and Southeastern Europe and, more specifically, on regime change, democratisation, the relationship between the public administration and the quality of democracy, the institution of the ombudsman, state and nation ‐ building, and the relationship between culture and politics. His most recent publications are: “Postscript: Cultural Dualism Revisited”, in A Triantafyllidou, R. Gropas and H. Kouki, eds., The Greek Crisis and European Modernity (London: Palgrave ‐ Macmillan, 2013), 208 ‐ 232 and “Good Administration, Rule of Law and Ethics: Critical Parameters of the Quality of Democracy”, in Nomiko Vima 61:5 (June 2013), 1145 ‐ 1155. (in Greek).
Nikoforos is married and has two children. He has been a member of the board since 2013.