New Arrivals – Spring 2020

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio
Ambassador of Brazil

Ambassador Lopes Borio joined the foreign service in 1977 as an adviser in the department of international organizations. A year later, he was sent to New York and stayed on as an adviser at the mission to the United Nations.
In 1986, he went to Tokyo as second secretary and eventually chargé d’affaires over a three-year posting. He returned to headquarters in 1989, and was posted again to the U.S., this time to Washington, as counsellor in 1993. He returned to headquarters in 1998, working on files in communications, culture and law. In 2008, he was sent to Sri Lanka as ambassador and also represented Brazil in the Maldives during part of that posting. He returned to Brasilia as a senior adviser to the minister of foreign affairs before being sent as consul-general to San Francisco.
The ambassador is a widower and has one son and three stepchildren.


Vice Skracic
Ambassador of Croatia

Ambassador Skracic joined the foreign ministry in 1992. He has held many positions in multilateral and bilateral spheres. Before being posted to Canada, he was assistant minister for political affairs and EU political director. He served as director for Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Russia and the Eastern Partnership from 2014 to 2017.
He was deputy chief of mission in the U.S. from 2010 to 2013 and served as political co-ordinator and acting deputy permanent representative to the UN in New York when Croatia was on the security council. He was head of the political affairs section in the U.S. from 2004 to 2007.
Between 2004 and 2007, he was head of division for UN Affairs and before that, he served as the political, human rights and disarmament affairs officer. Between 1996 and 2002, he served at the permanent missions to the UN in New York and Geneva


Aly Diane
Ambassador of Guinea

Ambassador Diane is trodding familiar territory as ambassador to Canada. He had the same job between 2004 and 2007.
He joined the foreign ministry in 1981 as second secretary in Paris and returned to headquarters in the Asia-Africa division. He was head of accreditation in protocol from 1989 to 1994 and later, chief of accreditation, ceremonial visits and official visits. He then served as deputy national director of protocol.
From 2002 to 2004, he was director of political and cultural affairs at the ministry of the presidency, in charge of foreign affairs and co-operation. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of strategic studies and planning and then secretary-general of the foreign ministry. Between 2013 and his appointment to Canada, he was posted to Switzerland as ambassador and accredited to the offices of the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.
He is married and has three children and two step-children.


Ajay Bisaria
High commissioner for India

High Commissioner Bisaria joined the Indian foreign service in 1987. He has a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in business administration, and a master’s in public policy from Princeton University.
In 1988, he was posted to Moscow, working as a Soviet affairs specialist prior to the break-up of the USSR. He was under-secretary on the East Europe desk when India was building new relationships with post-Soviet countries. He then worked briefly in the commerce ministry.
In 1995, he became first secretary in Berlin and returnedt to headquarters as private secretary to the prime minister in 1999. He was then posted to the World Bank in Washington, as adviser to the executive director for South Asia. In 2009, he became joint secretary (Eurasia). In 2015, he was posted as ambassador to Poland and Lithuania and then served as high commissioner to Pakistan between 2017 and 2019.
He is married to Bharati Chaturvedi, founder of the NGO, Chintan.


Adriatik Kryeziu
Ambassador of Kosovo

Ambassador Kryeziu joined the NGO Kujtesa, an organization that searches for missing persons, as project co-ordinator in 2006, while he was still obtaining his bachelor of political science in Prishtina.
After completing more studies, he joined the state protocol department for the European Union and NATO in the office of the prime minister and the foreign ministry in 2008. A year later, he joined the foreign ministry’s department for regional affairs as acting director and chief of division for neighbouring countries as well as senior officer for bilateral relations.
In 2014, he was sent to the embassy in the Czech Republic as counsellor and deputy chief of mission. Later, he became chargé d’affaires and first secretary.
The ambassador speaks English and Albanian fluently as well as some German, Czech and French. He is married and has two children.


Darius Skusevicius
Ambassador of Lithuania

Ambassador Skusevičius studied software systems, business management and administration and political science. He became chief specialist in the division of information analysis and international relations at the department of youth affairs under the ministry of social affairs and labour. He then became a director of a business incubator before joining the office of a member of the European Parliament as an assistant.
He was named a director and expert at the Institute of Municipal Development before joining the municipal council of Salcininkai district. In 2013, he was named an adviser to the minister of foreign affairs and then joined the foreign ministry as minister-counsellor at the European Union mission in Brussels between 2015 and 2017. He was deputy minister of foreign affairs before being named ambassador to Canada.
The ambassador is married and speaks five languages, including English, Russian, Polish, French and Lithuanian.


Fatima Braoulé Meite
Ambassador of Mali

Ambassador Meite is a graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal, so being posted to Canada represents a return for her.
In a professional capacity, she started her career as a consultant, including for the United Nations, in the fields of human rights and the advancement of women. She is also a specialist in international law and gender issues and served as an instructor at a peacekeeping school in Mali, addressing the needs of people in conflict situations.
More recently, she worked as a technical adviser to the office of the president of Mali and at the foreign and international co-operation ministry from 2011 to 2013. She served as a municipal councillor from 2009 to 2015.
She has worked with several NGOs, including as co-ordinator of the network of interveners with orphans and other vulnerable children, which provides care for 3,500 children. She is also founder of Bamako Incubateur, which helps Malian startups.


Martin Harvey 
High commissioner for New Zealand

Before being posted to Canada, High Commissioner Harvey studied in Canada between 1976 and 1978 as a New Zealand United World College scholar.
He joined the ministry in 1984 and served in Canberra between 1987 and 1990, in Geneva as deputy permanent representative to the WTO from 1995 to 1998 and as high commissioner to Singapore from 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he was director of the Europe division and from 2012 to 2017 he was divisional manager for trade negotiations.
He has negotiated trade agreements with ASEAN, Malaysia and Korea and led negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council and, more recently, the European Union. He also worked on climate change issues in the department of the prime minister and cabinet, including New Zealand’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
Prior to coming to Canada, he was chief negotiator in the trade and economic group at the foreign and trade ministry.


Ruth Masodzi Chikwira
Ambassador of Zimbabwe

Ambassador Chikwira started her career in 1983 as a senior administrative officer at the foreign ministry. Between 1992 and 1997, she was first secretary responsible for politics, economics and consular affairs in Brussels. In 1997, she returned to head office as a senior administrative officer and became a deputy director in 2004. Later that year, she was posted to Brasilia as minister-counsellor and head of chancery.
In 2011, the ambassador returned to the ministry as director for Europe and the Americas and remained in that position until she was posted to Germany as ambassador. In 2017, she remained in Berlin, but added Switzerland to her countries of responsibility. She was named ambassador to Canada in late 2019.
The ambassador has a master’s in business administration from a university in Brussels and a bachelor of administration from the University of Zimbabwe.


Non-heads of mission

Joan Josep Lopez Lavado
Second secretary

Katherine Ruiz-Avila
Deputy high commissioner

Kylie Larrisa Green
Defence Adviser

Kristy Lee Cocks
Defence adviser

Hossne Ayub Dewan

Andrei Martsyanau

Juan Rodrigo Soto Herrera
Defence, military, naval and air attaché

Julio Ignacio Figueroa Puente
First secretary and consul

Nan Wang

Heiver Norberto Duenas Preciado
Military, naval & air attaché
Côte D’ivoire
Aimé Kouassi-Kouassi

Muktar Kedir Abdu

European Union
Fritz Jurgen Urbach
Military Attaché

Daniel Ruschitzki

Adelaide Grigoriadou

Vasiliki Petridou

Anoop Shinghal
Military attaché

Iwan Nur Hidayat

Alda Mayo Panadjam
Third Secretary

Marc Attali
Minister and chargé d’affaires

Domenico Munelli

Giuseppe Sassu

Abdishakur Sheikh Hussein Noor
First Counsellor

Korea, South
Joung Ki Kim
First Secretary

Sahondra Harilala Rakotoniaina
Counsellor and chargé d’affaires

Vahintsoa Mirella Ramanandraibe

Javkhlan Natsagdorj

Mohammed Larbi Bouchara

Soe Wuttye Htoo
Second Secretary

Paul Olufemi Ajayi

Victoria Mariel Franco Carvallo
First Secretary

Kirill Mamaev

Saudi Arabia
Sami Mohmmed A. Alsubaie

Ibrahima Diop
First Secretary

Miss Thitiporn Chuchinnawat

Oles Gryban
First Secretary

United States of America
Kristin Lee Wyckoff

Stephen James Sztuk Jr.
Assistant attaché

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