New Arrivals – Winter 2021

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Ricardo A. Cisneros
Ambassador of El Salvador

Ambassador Cisneros joined the foreign service in 1990 as an administrative assistant at the embassy in France and was posted to Brussels three years later. In 1996, he became first secretary at the embassy in Ottawa, where he stayed for five years before becoming consul-general in Milan. For a year, beginning in 2004, he was counsellor at the mission to the United Nations in Geneva and then became minister-counsellor in France.
In 2014, he became a professor at the Higher Institute for Communications and Advertising in Paris and he concurrently held several private sector positions, including as an international consultant for World Expos in Kazakhstan and Dubai.
The ambassador speaks Spanish, French and English and intermediate Italian. He is married and has two children.

Konstantina Athanassiadou
Ambassador of Greece

Ambassador Athanassiadou joined the foreign ministry of Greece as an attaché in 1986.
Having served in various positions in Athens early in her career, she was appointed secretary of the embassy in Moscow in 1988. She returned to Athens and was promoted to first secretary in 1994. She then had postings in London and, in late 2000, she was appointed head of the deputy foreign minister’s diplomatic cabinet.
In August 2002, she was appointed consul-general in Egypt and, in September 2004, she transferred to the EU Embassy in Brussels. In 2008, she returned to the foreign ministry. In November 2010, she became deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva. In 2014, she was sent to Albania. In April 2018 in Athens, she was appointed as chief of protocol of the foreign ministry.
Ambassador Athanassiadou speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. She has one son.

Weibert Arthus
Ambassador of Haiti

Weibert Arthus is a journalist, professor and diplomat. Most recently, he was worked for the foreign minister. From 2016 to 2020, he was minister counsellor in charge of political affairs and deputy head of mission in Washington. He was posted to Argentina from 2014 to 2016, where he served as cultural adviser at the embassy. From 1995 to 2013, he worked as a journalist in Haiti and France. He began his career as a journalist at Radio Caraïbes FM in 1995. He also worked as a journalist at Radio France Internationale (RFI) between 2002 and 2007. He was appointed director at Radio Télévision Caraïbes in 2011.
The ambassador has a doctorate in the history of international relations from Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne University and he worked as an associate professor of history at the State University of Haiti, as well as at the Institute of Sciences, Technologies and advanced studies of Haiti.

Rodolfo D. Robles
Ambassador of Philippines

Ambassador Robles is a founder and senior partner of Robles, Brillantes, Ricafrente, Nachura & Aguirre Law Firm and also worked as a professor of law at San Beda College and was dean of Arellano Law School from 1977 to 1983.
During his legal career, he was chosen as a delegate to the 1971 constitutional convention and, more recently, he was appointed as a member of the consultative committee to review the 1987 constitution. He is also known as the principal author of the law creating the office of the ombudsman and principal author of the Philippines’ Miranda Doctrine.
An honours graduate from San Beda College, he topped the bar exam in 1967 and proceeded to take his Master of Laws at Harvard University.
Ambassador Robles is married to Nora San Buenaventura.

Dejan Ralevic
Ambassador of Serbia

Prior to being posted to Ottawa, Ambassador Ralevic was assistant minister and acting ambassador for the EU. From 2011 to 2015, he was deputy head of mission in Switzerland and before that he worked at headquarters, again focusing on the European Union. Between 2003 and 2005, he was chargé d’affaires at the embassy in FYR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Morocco.
During stints back at headquarters, his positions always focused on the EU, except for one, when he worked in bilateral economic relations. Between 1994 and 2002, he worked as a purchasing officer for Tyres Company. The ambassador studied at the University of Belgrade in the faculty of economics and international trade and did one year of military service in the Yugoslav army.

Hassan Dahir Dimbil
Ambassador of Somalia

Ambassador Dahir comes to diplomacy after a varied career. Prior to being posted to Canada, he was deputy minister of health and deputy minister of national planning and development. He supported the ministry of the interior in identifying areas for research and policy development to enhance the co-ordination of the community safety and security activities by local and international NGOs. He also worked as a political activist, entrepreneur and senior consultant for police reform for the United Nations Development Programme.
In 2012, he was a vice-presidential candidate for the Udub Party and prior to that, he was chairman of Amana Housing Association Ltd. in Birmingham, England. In the early 2000s, he was first secretary at the Somaliland Liaison office in Ethiopia and he served in the same position in Djibouti before that.
He is married to Yurub Ibrahim Saed.


Non-heads of mission

Rabeaa Saadi

Stuart Bett

Ayla June Black
Second secretary

Danilo Silva Maia
Defence, military, naval and air attaché

Heping Lan

Rodrigo Alberto Villegas Rivillas

Hollandais David Stone Atipo

Sylvie Nelly Oloni Ossiala

Aminata Doumbouya

Paola Marie Carmel Arthur Jean
First secretary

Christela Mondesir

Prabhat Kumar Jain
First secretary

Ali Rasool Hussein Al-Masoodi
Second secretary

Raheem Ahmed Meheedy
Third secretary

Mujahed Adil Shukur
Third secretary

Yusuke Kawachi
Military Attaché

Hiroyuki Sano
Naval attaché

Hiroyuki Sugai
Defence and air attaché

Masayasu Yoshida
First secretary

Josephine Bittialy Saleri
Third secretary

Hassan El Mkantar

Aziz Smires Bennani

Haydee Rita Villarreal Gomez

Krzysztof Jacek Lewandowski
First counsellor and deputy head of mission

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Nashes B. Al Shlawi

Aissatou Diatta
Second secretary

Mamadou Moustapha Dieng
First secretary

Raki Kane
First secretary

Oumou Kalsoum Lo Epse Mbacke
Second secretary

Mehmet Hakan Akgun

Bulent Cankaya
Defence, military, naval and air attaché

Olena Penteleichuk
First secretary

United Kingdom
Sophie Thompson-Smith
Second secretary

United States of America
Nathan Alan Blore
Assistant Attaché

Jessica Pryce Burns

Rachel Piedra Strein
Second secretary and consul


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