New Arrivals – Fall 2021

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Gline Arley Clarke
High Commissioner for Barbados

High Commissioner Clarke began his career in politics as assistant to the leader of the opposition in Barbados between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, he was elected as a member of parliament for St. George North and became parliamentary secretary in the ministry of public works, transport and housing. By 1999, he was minister of housing and lands, a position he held until 2003, when he was named minister of public works and transport.
In 2008, he became the opposition spokesman and shadow minister of agriculture, housing and transport. In May 2018, he was named deputy speaker of the house of assembly. He has received several awards for his service in Barbados and has degrees in history, education and part of an MBA from York University in Toronto.
The high commissioner is married.

Patrick Van Gheel
Ambassador of Belgium

Ambassador Van Gheel is a career diplomat who joined the foreign service in 1998.
In 2000, he became an attaché at the permanent representation to the European Union. He returned to headquarters in 2003 as a diplomatic adviser to the minister of home affairs. In 2004, he became first secretary at the permanent representation to the OECD in Paris. And in 2008, he became a counsellor in the economic section of the permanent representation to the United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva.
He became a deputy full member of the EU trade policy committee in 2012, and in 2015, was posted as ambassador to Cuba, with dual accreditation in Dominican Republic and Haiti. He was then director for EU trade policy and the World Trade Organization at headquarters before being posted to Canada.
The ambassador has a master’s of law.


Anselm Ransford Sowah
High Commissioner for Ghana

High Commissioner Sowah is a lawyer by profession and he began his career in banking, having worked for the Bank of Montreal and Ghana Commercial Bank in London and GCB Bank Ltd.
From 2005 to 2014, he was the business development and public affairs manager for the Ghana International Bank in London, after which he served as senior manager of compliance for the same organization. From 2017 to 2020, he served as managing director of GCB Bank Ltd., after which he became chairman of the Ghana Stock Exchange.
Over his career in banking, he presided over the acquistion of UT Bank and Cappital Bank and the creation of GCB Capital as the investment banking arm of the bank.
The high commissioner was born in Accra and has degrees in English, philosophy and law from the University of Ghana. He has two teenage daughters.

Ivan Jurkovic
Apostolic Nuncio, Holy See

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič was born in Slovenia and ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Ljubljana in 1977 after graduating from the faculty of theology in Ljubljana.
His first posting was to Korea, followed by an appointment to Colombia as counsellor. He then went to Russia as counsellor. From 1996 to 2001, he served at the Holy See, but was soon posted to Belarus as Apostolic Nuncio in 2001. In 2004, he was sent to Ukraine and then back to Russia, with dual accreditation to Uzbekistan. In 2016, he was named permanent observer of the Holy See to the office of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, permanent observer to the WTO and representative to the International Organization for Migration.
He speaks Slovenian, Italian, Spanish, English, Russian, German, French, Serbian, Croatian and Ukrainian.

Hlynur Guojonsson
Ambassador of Iceland

Ambassador Guojonsson began his career as general manager of the Young Conservatives in 1993 and he kicked off a career in advertising in 1998 when he became account manager at the Icelandic Ad Agency. He was account director of GSP Public Relations in 2001, and subsequently held the same position with Mekkano Advertising, Public Relations and Web Agency, XYZ Advertising Agency and ABX Advertising Agency.
He was brand manager for Icelandic USA Inc. in 2004 and then general manager of the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in New York between 2006 and 2021. Concurrently, he served as managing director of Iceland Naturally (2006 to 2017), consul and trade commissioner (2006 to 2014) and consul-general and trade commissioner (2014 to 2021.)
The ambassador has a master’s degree in marketing. He is married to artist Luly Yee.

Molise Paul Tseole
High Commissioner for Lesotho

High Commissioner Tseole began his career in 1992 as a high school teacher in Lesotho.
He taught at three different high schools before becoming assistant minister of agriculture and food security for Lesotho in 2002. He was named consul-general at the Lesotho consulate in Klerksdrop, South Africa, in 2007, an appointment that represented the start of his diplomatic career.
From 2013 to 2019, he served as founder and director of a non-profit organization in Lesotho while also volunteering for the Export of Labour Organization. In 2019, he became founder and managing director of a social enterprise involving organic lanolin.
The high commissioner served as board director at the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation. He founded the Akopane Machaba Youth Co-operative Society and formed the Kopanang Berea Savings and Credit Co-operative.
The high commissioner is married and has three children.

Anizan Siti Hajjar
High Commissioner for Malaysia

High Commissioner Siti Hajjar joined the foreign ministry in 1994.
Throughout her 27 years in the foreign service, she has served as the deputy permanent representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in Geneva (2008 to 2012) and two terms at the permanent mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, including as deputy permanent representative during Malaysia’s rotation on the UN Security Council from 2015 to 2016. She also held several key positions at the ministry, such as undersecretary of the Southeast Asia Division, deputy director of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) and undersecretary of the human rights and humanitarian division.
The high commissioner has an international relations degree from California State University and a master’s from Schiller International University, Paris, France.
She is married with three children.

Andrej Gregor Rode
Ambassador of Slovenia

Ambassador Rode completed his law degree at the University of Buenos Aires, after which he received a master’s degree at the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Strategiques in Paris.
He joined the foreign ministry in 2000 and was sent to the embassy in Australia in 2002 and returned to headquarters as first secretary and acting head of the communication service. He was posted to Paris as counsellor in 2006 and then to Brussels as permanent representative to the European Union.
He returned to the ministry as deputy national co-ordinator for the OECD and adviser to the director-general on economic diplomacy. In 2015, he was consul general in Cleveland. After returning to the ministry, he became adviser to the secretary-general.
He is married to Monika Rode and has a daughter and two sons.

Susannah Goshko
High Commissioner for the United Kingdom

High Commissioner Goshko was previously principal private secretary to the foreign secretary, a role that she held for the two years covering the COVID pandemic and the merger of the foreign office and the Department for International Development. She has spent much of her career working on national security issues and has had a number of postings in the Americas (twice in Washington and once in Havana).
She has also worked at the Department for Exiting the EU, where she was responsible for setting up the team that negotiated the withdrawal agreement and she has been Britain’s permanent representative to UNEP and UN Habitat.
The high commissioner is married to Matt Goshko, a U.S. State Department officer. They have two children.


Non-heads of mission

Thomas Sindelar
Assistant attaché

Sharmin Sultana
First secretary

Sorka Jannet Copa Romero
Second secretary

Jianwei Li
Second secretary

Hanzhao Pang

Ben Tian
Second secretary

Juan Jose Alvarez Lopez
First secretary

Pablo Castagnino

Henry Torres Torres

Chrisin Furtwaengler
First secretary

Manuel Furtwaengler
First secretary

Frank Marchetti

Sandra Isabel Mata Echeverri

Anna Erzsebet Miklos
Second counsellor

Viktoria Kontra

Shigeki Kobayashi
First secretary

Takeshi Nukui
First secretary

Hiraku Uzawa
Third secretary

Amirbek Alibi
Second Secretary

Edgars Kaktins
Third secretary

Uyanga Dorjsuren

Rojina Tamrakar
Counsellor/ deputy chief of mission

Remigius Obioma Nzewuji

Rhema Jummai Dungus Olayemi
First secretary

Nasser Hamad H.H Al-Khulaifi
Second secretary

Marius Badea

Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz Mohammed H. Albadi
Chargé d’affaires

Hassan Alsaadi

Fouad Abdrabbo A. Alzahrani

Mohammed Abdulhamid M. Khan
Third secretary

Anil Gumusarda
First secretary


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