New Arrivals – Winter 2013

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

New heads of mission

Arno Riedel 
Ambassador of Austria

Mr. Riedel completed an MBA from the University of Economics in Vienna before studying at Vienna’s diplomatic academy.
He began his foreign service career in 1980 as a desk officer, and, within five years, was first secretary at the embassy in Budapest. He was counsellor in Jakarta and then Tehran, where he also served as director of the Austrian Cultural Institute. He returned to headquarters for three years before becoming minister-counsellor at the embassy in Rome and vice-governor to the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
His first post as ambassador was to Albania. He then returned to the ministry for several years before becoming ambassador to Thailand with dual accreditation to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. He was director for Central, Western and Northern Europe before being posted to Canada.

Kamrul Ahsan
High Commissioner for Bangladesh

Mr. Ahsan is an engineer by training and a career diplomat by profession. He has a bachelor of civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and worked in the field for four years before joining the foreign service as an assistant secretary.
His first posting was as second secretary, and then first secretary at Bangladesh’s embassy in China. He then served at the mission in Britain, as both first secretary and counsellor (political).
At headquarters, he was director of personnel, director for South Asia and the director of the foreign secretary’s office. Between 2001 and 2003, he was political counsellor in Washington before becoming consul-general in Dubai. Just before coming to Canada, he was high commissioner to Singapore.
He is married to Madam Saira Nazneen Ahsan and has two sons.
Alexander Latsabidze
Ambassador of Georgia

Mr. Latsabidze joined the ministry of foreign affairs in 1998 and was appointed consul in Iran one year later. From 2002 to 2003, he returned to headquarters as counsellor, first in the Middle East section and later, the Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Rim section. He then became responsible for China, Japan and the Far East before taking on Eastern affairs.
In 2006, he was appointed consul in Washington with responsibilities in Canada and Mexico. He became chargé d’affaires at the embassy in Canada in 2011 before going to Argentina as ambassador, with accreditation to Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
He became ambassador to Canada and permanent representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2012.
Mr. Latsabidze speaks Georgian, English, Persian, Russian and Japanese. He is married with one daughter.

Cho Hee-yong
Ambassador of Korea

Mr. Cho is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1979 after completing a bachelor’s degree in economics from Seoul National University.
Mr. Cho’s first posting was to Japan, as second secretary between 1984 and 1987. Next, he went to China as first secretary for six years (1990-1996). He also had accreditation to Taiwan during that period.
From 1996 to 2000, he returned to headquarters as director of the protocol division and then director for planning and budget. He then spent three years as counsellor at the mission in Washington and another year as minister and consul in the Philippines.
In 2008, he became ambassador to Sweden, with dual accreditation in Latvia.
Mr. Cho is married with a son and a daughter.
Fadjimata Maman Sidibe
Ambassador of Niger

Ms. Sidibe comes to diplomacy after a long career in education, which culminated in a brief foray into politics when she served as Niger’s education minister for one year.
Ms. Sidibe began her career as a professor of physics and then moved on to teach at a French-Arab school. She went on to become an educational consultant and then director of teaching for the ministry of secondary education. Following that, she became minister of education.
The ambassador is a graduate of scientific studies (physics) from the University of Niamey in Niger. She also studied educational consultation and inspection at the University of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey.
She speaks seven languages including French, English, Kanuri, Haoussa, Toubou, Djerma and Bambara. Ms. Sidibe is married and has five children.

Jorge Hernan Miranda Corona
Ambassador of Panama

Early in his career, diplomat Jorge Hernan Miranda Corona was an attaché in Washington, counsellor at the permanent mission to the OAS, consul general in Seville, Spain and later, chargé d’affaires at the embassy in Madrid. He also spent four years as his country’s representative to the Inter-American System.
Between 2008 and early 2012, he was ambassador and representative to the general secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Honduras, which, during his time, negotiated the Tegucigalpa/San José Agreement and established the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in Honduras.
He also has experience in election monitoring, having organized observation missions to Nicaragua (1990), Honduras (2008) and El Salvador (2009).
He is married to Esther Arias Vargas and has two children.

 

Non-heads of mission

Afghanistan
Najibullah Safi
Second secretary

Angola
Domingas Pedro José De C. Teixeira
Attaché

Australia
Geraldine Anne Taylor
Second secretary

Toy Johnson
Second secretary

Bangladesh
Muhammed Muksud Khan
First secretary

Bulgaria
Desislava Petrova Dragneva
Second secretary

Cameroon
Elie Banbara
Defence attaché

China
Xinxin Kong
Second secretary

Boyong Wang
First secretary

Cuba
Adrian Betancourt Maden
Attaché

Egypt
Maher A. Mohamed Elkholy
Attaché

European Union
Manfred Edgar G. Auster
Minister-counsellor

France
Christelle Diane T. Sarnelli
First secretary

Germany
Pietro Ambrogio T. Merlo
Counsellor

Ghana
Joseph Kennedy Odoom
First secretary

Haiti
Maria Alexandra Georges
Second secretary

Wedlyne Pierre
Second secretary

India
Mahesh Kumar
Attaché

Iraq
Shireen Taher Shhbaz Al-Haideri
Attaché

Japan
Yosuke Yamamoto
Attaché

Kenya
Anne Nyambura Mbugua
First counsellor

Korea, Republic
Changseob Han
Minister-counsellor

Kuwait
Fahad Abdulrahman H. Alnaser
Attaché

Libya
Khalifa Alghuwel
First secretary

Hakim Sherif
Attaché

Nouria Bensaleh
Attaché

Maldives
Salim Waheed
First secretary

Mexico
Jose Manuel Guido Romero
Naval attaché

Mongolia
Zorigtbaatar Tserenchimed
First secretary

Morocco
Ahmed Alaoui-Benhachem
Attaché

Amina Rabhi
Minister

Myanmar
Than Htwe
Counsellor

Cho Ti
Attaché

Palestine
Hamdi Abu Ali
Counsellor

Portugal
Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa
Minister-counsellor

Russia
Oleg Zhiganov
First secretary

Ivan Valov
Attaché

Saudi Arabia
Samia Muhsen H. Al Jabri
Attaché

Falah Abdullah M. Alqahtani
Attaché

Abdullah Khalid Abdullah Bin Khamis
Attaché

Abdulaziz Saud A. Almasoud
Attaché

Emad Abdullah A. Alhoushan
Attaché

Mansour Mohammed M. Bin Khithaila
Attaché

Sudan
Osman Abufatima Adam Mohammed
Deputy head of mission

Sweden
Annika Maria White
First secretary

Ukraine
Oleksandr Bunisevych
First secretary

United States of America
Paul Douglas Yeskoo
First secretary

Donna Marie Garcia
Assistant attaché

Scott Richard Reynolds
Minister-counsellor

Carrie Monique Romoser
Second secretary

Mark Charles Gillespie
Attaché

Diane Lyn Sovereign
First secretary

Lucy Kimball Abbott
Counsellor

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