Georgiy Mamedov was born in Moscow in 1947. In 1970, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Mamedov entered the diplomatic service in 1972. He was stationed at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1972 to 1973, and again from 1977 to 1981. In 1991, he became the deputy minister of foreign affairs. Since 2003, he has served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada. Mamedov holds a Ph.D. in history and speaks English and Swedish in addition to Russian. He is married and has two adult children, a son and a daughter.