New Arrivals – Winter 2014

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

S.E.M. Pamphile C. Goutondji
Ambassador of Benin

Diplomat_Jan2014_0055Ambassador Goutondji is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in international relations in Kiev in 1983, he joined the ministry and held increasingly responsible positions, including department head and assistant to the foreign minister. In 1992, he was named second secretary and took his first posting at the embassy of Benin in Abuja, Nigeria, in 1998. From 2002 to 2004, he served as chief of protocol for Benin and was later sent to South Africa as chargé d’affaires. In 2009, he became secretary general of the foreign ministry.
In 2010, he took a job teaching at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. He is a “chevalier de l’ordre du merite social du Benin” and is married. He speaks French, Russian, Spanish and German.

Nikolay Milkov
Ambassador of Bulgaria

Diplomat_Jan2014_0056Mr. Milkov studied
international relations in Sofia and completed his PhD in historical sciences in 1991. The following year, he began his career at the ministry of defence as a desk officer. From 1993 to 1997, he held various positions including international co-operation adviser and assistant head of the military intelligence directorate. From 1997 to 2001, he was director of the co-ordination and planning directorate at the foreign ministry, after which he became ambassador to Romania.
He returned to Sofia for one year as deputy minister of foreign affairs and then became consul general in New York. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the first permanent secretary of defence and later, chief of the cabinet of the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs in the caretaker government.
Dr. Milkov is fluent in English, French and Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish. He is married and has two children.
Spéciose Nzeyimana
Ambassador of Burundi

Diplomat_Jan2014_0057Ms. Nzeyimana joined the foreign ministry in 2002, after having taught school for two years. She began her career as a counsellor, first in international co-operation and then working with the first vice-president of Burundi. In 2009, she was sent to Russia as first secretary. She returned to the foreign ministry in 2012, before being appointed ambassador to Canada. She also completed two short tours as chargé d’affaires in Paris.
When the Burundi Senate approved her appointment, they described her as a “strong candidate” with “extensive experience.”
The ambassador studied languages and African literature at the University of Burundi and speaks French, Kirundi and English.

Marie-Anne Coninsx
Ambassador of the European Union

Diplomat_Jan2014_0058Ms Coninsx began her posting in Canada after serving as ambassador to Mexico.
The ambassador started her European Commission career in the legal service in 1984. From 1985 to 1996, she was a cabinet staff member of commissioners responsible for external relations and trade; internal market and relations with the European Parliament (EP) and development policy and relations with the EP.
Ambassador Coninsx has served as minister-counsellor in New York (1996 to 2000) and in Geneva (2000 to 2004). Prior to her posting in Mexico, she oversaw the relationship between the European Union and Latin America from 2004 to 2009.
Ambassador Coninsx studied law at Ghent University in Belgium and did post-graduate studies in international law and European law. Ambassador Coninsx is Belgian and is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.

Fathi Mohamed Baja
Ambassador of Libya

Diplomat_Jan2014_0059Mr. Baja was a leader in the Libyan people’s revolution in February 2011. He helped draft the revolution victory statement and was a founding member of the Benghazi Council and Libya’s national transitional council, where he served as head of political affairs in charge of international relations. He represented Libya at the UN General Assembly when his group secured recognition as the sole representative of the Libyan people.
Mr. Baja has a master’s in political science from Boston University and a PhD in political science from Mohamed Fifth University in Morocco. After completing his education, he became a lecturer at several universities, including Tahdi University, Africa University and Benghazi University, a position he left last year to become Libya’s ambassador to Canada.
Mr. Baja is married with three children.

Marcin Bosacki
Ambassador of Poland

Diplomat_Jan2014_0060Sept. 24, 2013 was a landmark day for Mr. Bosacki. In addition to being named Polish ambassador to Canada, he  was awarded the Bene Merito distinction for enhancing Poland’s international standing.
Between 2010 and 2013, Mr. Bosacki served as the foreign ministry’s spokesman, presenting Poland’s positions during such key events as the EU Council presidency in 2011, negotiations on the new EU budget and the Arab Spring. In addition, he issued warnings to Polish tourists travelling abroad. Under his direction, the ministry also launched a new, integrated foreign affairs website with more than 150 web portals for Polish diplomatic missions around the world. Mr. Bosacki also added social media to the ministry’s communications toolkit, which earned the ministry third place in the prestigious Twiplomacy ranking of the world’s best-connected institutions in July 2013.
Pisan Manawapat
Ambassador of Thailand

Diplomat_Jan2014_0061Mr. Manawapat has a master’s of science in economics with a major in international relations from the University of London and he also attended Thailand’s National Defence College in 2003.
He began his foreign service career in the ASEAN Department and his first posting was to Washington (1986-1990). He returned to headquarters briefly before being posted to Malaysia as minister-counsellor. He became director of personnel and deputy director-general of East Asian Affairs before becoming minister and deputy chief of mission in Japan (1999-2002).
In February 2002, he was named director-general of international economic affairs (2002-2004). He served as ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU (2007-2011) and to India (2011 to 2013).
He is married to Wanchana Manawapat and has one daughter.

To Anh Dung
Ambassador of Vietnam

Diplomat_Jan2014_0062Mr. To graduated in international relations and international law from Kiev University in 1988.
He became a desk officer in the department of Southeast Asia, South Asia and the South Pacific in 1991 and, in 1993, he became an attaché at the embassy in the Philippines.
From 1997 to 2000, Mr. To was secretary to the deputy prime minister at the ministry of foreign affairs and in 2000, became assistant to the director general at the ministry of foreign affairs. In 2001, he became a deputy director-general, a post he held until 2005 when he became minister-counsellor and deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Sweden.
In 2008, he became deputy director-general of the office of the deputy chief of the foreign ministry and in 2009, was promoted to director general before being sent to Canada.
Mr. To speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English and is married with two children.

Non-heads of mission

Ali Saidi

Adriano Fernandes Fortunato
Second secretar y

Stephanie Aeuckens

Suzette Antoinette Simpson

Marc Frans Mouton

Carlos Henrique Silva Seixas
Naval attaché

Brunei Darussalam
Fadzllyani Annuar
Second secretary

Xiaoxia Wang
First secretary

Yang, Yundong

Yu, Benlin

Zeng, Hui Attaché
Zhang, Chao
Third Secretary

Santiago Wills Valderrama

Côte d’Ivoire
Adama Oulai
First secretary

Deborah Leticia Ojeda Valedon

Czech Republic
Josef Lacko

European Union
Karsten Mecklenburg

Jean-Christophe D. Auffray

Laurent Jean Marie Bitouzet

Sabine Finkenzeller

Lounceny Conde
Counsellor and chargé d’affaires

Adama Kouyate
First secretary

Angelo Matassa

Gabriella Saponaro

Giorgio Taborri

Hiroe Takiguchi
Second secretary

Gulnaz Altynbayeva
Third secretary

Sambu, Lily Chelangat Minister & chargé d’affaires

Fawzi .M.S. Abusaa
First secretary

Mohamed Algamodi

Giuma Alrujbani
Second secretary

Mario Enrique Figueroa Matuz
Second secretary

Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe Gonzalez
First secretary

Raul Martinez Gonzalez
Deputy military and air attaché

Mario Rodriguez Montero

Nana Hadiza Abani

Mirdef Ali M. A. Al-Qashouti
Second secretary

Silvana Bolocan
Second secretary

Gabriel Petric

Evgeny Belykh

Sergey Besedin

Alexey Budennyy
Igor Molyanov
Defence attaché

Saudi Arabia
Mohammad Abdullah A. Alghamdi

Homoud Nawar M. Alnemer

Khalid Khider A. Alnowaimy
First secretary

Abdullah Lafi S. Alotaibi

Bader Abdullah R. Alruwayshid

Nabeel A.S. Najjar

Francisco Xavier Gisbert Da Cruz

Hayrettin Dursun

Serkan Ozdemir
Second secretary
United Arab Emirates
Ibtisam Saleh A. A. Alali
Third secretary

Jamal Khalfan J. K. Alzaabi

United States Of America
Michael James Berry

Judith Lynne Bryan

David Anthony Henry
First secretary

Ryan Francis Korpi

Danielle Hana Monosson
First secretary

Jonathan David Rice
First secretary

Christopher Edward Tejirian
Second secretary and vice-consul

Steven Edward Zate

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