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Accreditation: September 2, 2014

HAMID SIDIG

HAMID SIDIG
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

AfghanistanAmbassador HAMID SIDIG was born on 2nd June 1958 in Kabul. He studied engineering and political science in Munich and worked as a surveyor. Later he took on the post of office manager to the former king of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah, in Rome. He worked as Head of the Afghanistan Mission in Norway and since 2005 has been the Chief of Protocol of the Afghan president. He speaks Dari, Pashto, English and German.

KARUNATILAKA AMUNUGAMA

KARUNATILAKA AMUNUGAMA
Ambassador of the Demokratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Sri LankaAmbassador KARUNATILAKA AMUNUGAMA, born on 16th January 1954, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Bangladesh. He was ambassador to Thailand (with accreditation in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, 1998-2001), as also to Japan and China. Most recently, he was the State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2013) and the in Ministry of Investment Promotion (since January 2014.

PHILIPPE ETIENNE

PHILIPPE ETIENNE
Ambassador of the French Republic

FrankreichAmbassador PHILIPPE ETIENNE was born on 24th December 1955. After studying mathematics and economics, he joined the diplomatic service. His professional career took him to various countries including the embassies in Belgrade and Bonn (1985-1987). He was ambassador in Bucharest and most recently at the EU in Brussels (since 2009). Besides his mother tongue, he speaks German, English, Spanish, Russian and Romanian.

Accreditation: July 16, 2014

BADRELDIN ABDALLA MOHAMED AHMED

BADRELDIN ABDALLA MOHAMED AHMED
Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan

SudanAmbassador BADRELDIN ABDALLA MOHAMED AHMED, born in 1960, studied agriculture and business administration at the Universities of Khartoum and Faisalabad (Pakistan). In 1993, he joined the Foreign Service. His postings abroad were to Indonesia, Romania and, as ambassador to Nairobi. Until his transfer to Berlin, he was head of the South Sudanese department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PETER RODNEY HARRIS

PETER RODNEY HARRIS
Ambassador of New Zealand

NeuseelandAmbassador PETER RODNEY HARRIS, born on 17th November 1966 in Auckland, studied law in London and Wellington and worked as a lawyer in ministries and institutions. From 2004 to 2007, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Ambassador of New Zealand in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, based out of Riyadh.

Accreditation: July 3, 2014

KWAMI CHRISTOPHE DIKENOU

KWAMI CHRISTOPHE DIKENOU
Ambassador of the Republic of Togo

TogoAmbassador KWAMI CHRISTOPHE DIKENOU, born on 18th October 1950, is a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). For many years, he worked as a high school teacher and professor of Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Lome. Since 2012 he is a member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) in the Department of Bioethics of UNESCO. He speaks French, English, Italian and is getting familiar with German.

TOYLY A. ATAYEV

TOYLY A. ATAYEV
Ambassador of Turkmenistan

TurkmenistanAmbassador TOYLY A. ATAYEV, born on 11th April 1973, has a degree in philology and held a teaching position until 2002. After joining the diplomatic service his first foreign posting took him to the Turkmen consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Berlin. The ambassador speaks Russian and German.

Accreditation: April 25, 2014

SYED HASAN JAVED

SYED HASAN JAVED
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

PakistanAmbassador SYED HASAN JAVED, born in 1955, has a university degree (MA) in Economics. In 1979, he joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan. His diplomatic career took him to posts abroad at the embassies of his country in China, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan and Belgium. He was the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Mauritius (2002-2008) and then since 2001 in Singapore.

TSOLMON BOLOR

TSOLMON BOLOR
Ambassador of Mongolia

MongoleiAmbassador TSOLMON BOLOR was born on 28th March 1966. After studying at the Institute for International Relations in Potsdam and at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, he came to the Embassy of Mongolia in Bonn in 1995. After moving to Berlin, he served until 2007 as Head of the Consular Section. In 2010, he came back to Berlin in the capacity of Minister Counsellor. Besides his mother tongue, he speaks Russian, German and English.

Accreditation: March 27, 2014

KARLA LUZETTE BETETA BRENES

KARLA LUZETTE BETETA BRENES
Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua

NicaraguaAmbassador KARLA LUZETTE BETETA BRENES, born on 2nd January 1975, went to the German School in Managua and studied business administration. In 1999 she came to the Embassy of Nicaragua in Bonn and was head of the consular section. After moving to Berlin, she was in charge of the trade and economic department. Since 2008, she has been serving as chargé d’affaires. She speaks Spanish, German and English.

ARTUR KUKO

ARTUR KUKO
Ambassador of the Republic of Albania

AlbanienAmbassador ARTUR KUKO, born on 16th April 1962, did research work after studying political science at the Institute for International Studies in Tirana. He started his career in the Foreign Ministry as the director of the European Department. He was the Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and headed the representative offices of Albania at the EU and NATO. He speaks English, Italian and French.

NOR-EDDINE AOUAM

NOR-EDDINE AOUAM
Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

AlgerienAmbassador NOR-EDDINE AOUAM, born on 12th January 1957 in Oran, is a graduate of the State’s Administration School of Algiers. From 1994 to 1999 he acted as the Minister Counsellor at the Algerian Embassy in Bonn. From 2004 to 2009 he represented his country as the Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti and also served as the Permanent Representative to the African Union. He speaks Arabic, French and English.

Accreditation: February 19, 2014

Dr. LADO CHANTURIA

Dr. LADO CHANTURIA
Ambassador of Georgia

GeorgienAmbassador Dr. LADO CHANTURIA, born on 14th April 1963, was a DAAD scholar in Göttingen after studying law in Tbilisi and Moscow. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the German real estate law. He was Law Minister (1998-1999), President of the Supreme Court (1999-2004) of Georgia, advisor to the GIZ and guest lecturer at the University of Kiel. He speaks Georgian, Russian, German and English.

VAHAN HOVHANNESYAN

VAHAN HOVHANNESYAN
Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia

ArmenienAmbassadorr VAHAN HOVHANNESYAN, born on 16th August 1956, is a doctor of historical sciences. He was advisor to the President of the Republic of Armenia (1990-1998), Vice- President of the National Assembly, a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Head of the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly EURONEST. He speaks Armenian, Russian, English and German.

ABDOUL AZIZ NDIAYE

ABDOUL AZIZ NDIAYE
Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal

SenegalAmbassador ABDOUL AZIZ NDIAYE, born on 17th December 1960 in Dakar, studied public law and is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in the Faculty of Diplomacy. He served as a commissioner for international organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was an envoy at the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Berlin (2005-2010) and served most recently as Ambassador to Brazil and Paraguay. He speaks French, English and German.

THAI CHUN

THAI CHUN
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia

KambodschaAmbassador THAI CHUN, born on 18th January 1972 in Phnom Penh, studied economics at the University of Kuban (Russia). He was the programme consultant in the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Foreign Minister and an envoy at the Embassy of Cambodia in Malaysia (2005-2008). Since 2008, he has headed the department of Asia II of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Ing. H. FAUZI BOWO

Dr. Ing. H. FAUZI BOWO
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia

IndonesienAmbassador Dr. Ing. H. FAUZI BOWO, born on 10th April 1948 in Jakarta, studied at the TU of Braunschweig and received his PhD in engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (2000). He was the office manager of the provincial government of the capital region of Jakarta and was head of the local tourism authorities. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the governor of the province of the capital region of Jakarta.

Accreditation: January 13, 2014

PHILIP SANG'KA MARMO

PHILIP SANG'KA MARMO
Ambassador of the Republic of Tanzania

TanzaniaAmbassador PHILIP SANG'KA MARMO was born on 29th December 1951 in Mbulu. He graduated from law school in Darussalam and did his postgraduate studies in Kenya, Australia and Bangladesh. He held the post of public prosecutor, was a Member of Parliament (1985-2010), and held various positions as a minister. Most recently, he has been serving as the Ambassador of Tanzania to the People's Republic of China (since 2012). He speaks Swahili and English.

DAVID JAMES RITCHIE AO

DAVID JAMES RITCHIE AO
Ambassador of Australia

AustraliaAmbassador DAVID JAMES RITCHIE AO was born on 20th June 1953. After studying art at the University of Queensland he worked first at the Australian embassies in Bonn, (1975-1978) and East Berlin (1981-1983). Later, he held various management positions in the Prime Minister's office. As an ambassador he has so far represented Australia in Indonesia (2002-2005) and Italy (2010-2013). He speaks English, German and Italian.

 

Accreditation: November 20, 2013

ERZBISCHOF DR. NIKOLA ETEROVIĆ

ARCHBISHOP DR. NIKOLA ETEROVIĆ
Apostolic Nuncio

Vatican CityARCHBISHOP DR. NIKOLA ETEROVIĆ, born on 20th January 1951 in Pučišća the Island Brač in Croatia, studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from where he also got his Ph.D., and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He entered the diplomatic service in 1980, which first led him to the Ivory Coast, Spain and Nicaragua. In 1999 he was appointed as Titular Archbishop of Sisak and the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine.

VIJAY KESHAV GOKHALE

VIJAY KESHAV GOKHALE
Ambassador of the Republic of India

IndiaAmbassador VIJAY KESHAV GOKHALE, born on 24th January 1959 entered the diplomatic service after studying history at the University of Delhi. Foreign postings took him to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and New York. Among his various other posts at the headquarters of the Indian Foreign Ministry, he was appointed Director of the department of China and East Asia. Recently, from January 2010 to October 2013, he served as High Commissioner of India in Malaysia.

MUHAMMAD ALI SORCAR

MUHAMMAD ALI SORCAR
Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

BangladeschAmbassador MUHAMMAD ALI SORCAR, born on 21st November 1960, studied medicine and international relations. From 1991-1992 he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the USA. From 2005-2008 he served as Deputy Head of the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. From 2010 to 2013 he was Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands and was in-charge for Poland, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Accreditation: October 21, 2013

MONTHER BADER AL-EISSA

MONTHER BADER AL-EISSA
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait

KuwaitAmbassador MONTHER BADER AL-EISSA, born on 13th June 1958, acquired a degree in political science and economics from the University of Kuwait. After three years in the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry his diplomatic career led him among other places to Bonn (1985-1988), Tokyo, Seoul and Beirut. As ambassador, he represented his country in Athens, Sudan and Kuala Lumpur (2007-2013).

DATO'SALMAN BIN AHMAD

DATO'SALMAN BIN AHMAD
Ambassador of Malaysia

MalaysiaAmbassador DATO'SALMAN BIN AHMAD, born on 13th June 1958, acquired a degree in political science and economics from the University of Kuwait. After three years in the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry his diplomatic career led him among other places to Bonn (1985-1988), Tokyo, Seoul and Beirut. As ambassador, he represented his country in Athens, Sudan and Kuala Lumpur (2007-2013).

Accreditation: September 27, 2013

DURBEK AMANOV

DURBEK AMANOV
Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan

UsbekistanAmbassador DURBEK AMANOV, born on 9th October, 1965 in Tashkent, studied International Affairs and is a doctor of medicine. After working as a research assistant and a lecturer, in 1997 he joined the Foreign Ministry of his country. Among some of the various postings in his career, were the Uzbek embassies in Washington and Vienna, and the Consulate General in New York. Besides his mother tongue Uzbek, he speaks English.

RANKO VILOVIĆ

RANKO VILOVIĆ
Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia

KroatienAmbassador RANKO VILOVIĆ, born on 29th March, 1957, studied at the Faculty of Law of Zagreb University. He started working for the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990 as Head of the Directorate for Consular Affairs. His postings abroad led him to Bern, Zurich and Vienna. Since 2009 he has been the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the UN in New York. He speaks English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

MARIE GERVAIS-VIDRICAIRE

MARIE GERVAIS-VIDRICAIRE
Ambassador of Canada

KanadaAmbassador MARIE GERVAIS-VIDRICAIRE, born on 25th August 1955, studied journalism, German and International Relations. From 2005 to 2009 she was Canada's ambassador to Austria and the Vienna-based international organizations. From 1998 to 2001 she was the Envoy and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva. She speaks French, English, Spanish, German and Italian.

MARTA KOS MARKO

MARTA KOS MARKO
Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia

SlowenienAmbassador MARTA KOS MARKO, born in 1965, has a degree in Journalism from the University of Ljubljana. From 1990 to 1993 she worked for the Deutsche Welle in Cologne. In 1997, she became the government spokesperson, and in 2000 Vice President for International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ljubljana. Since 2003, she has been the director, co-owner and training director at Gustav Käser Training International. She speaks German and English.

Accreditation: September 6, 2013

PATRICIA ESPINOSA CANTELLANO

PATRICIA ESPINOSA CANTELLANO
Ambassador of the United Mexican States

MexikoAmbassador PATRICIA ESPINOSA CANTELLANO, born on 21st October 1958, went to the German School and studied International Relations. After working in Geneva and New York, she was Ambassador to Germany from 2001-2002, then to Austria. From 2006-2012 she was Foreign Minister of Mexico and in charge of the UN climate conference in Cancun and the G20 summit in Los Cabos ( 2012). In addition to Spanish, she speaks German, English and French.

ELITA KUZMA

ELITA KUZMA
Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia

LettlandAmbassador ELITA KUZMA, born on 24th October 1964 in Riga, studied International Economics and in 1994 completed an Executive Seminar at Stanford University. After various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she represented Latvia as ambassador to Austria (2000-2005), Sweden (2005-2010) and Italy (2011-2013). Other than her mother tongue, Latvian, she speaks German, English and Russian.

Dr. ALBERT FRIGGIERI

Dr. ALBERT FRIGGIERI
Ambassador of the Republic of Malta

MaltaAmbassador Dr. ALBERT FRIGGIERI, born on 14th January 1951, studied German on a DAAD scholarship in Heidelberg. After working as a teacher and Hotel Manager in 1986, he was first sent as an envoy and later ambassador to Bonn. From 1987, he is established in Malta a branch of the German company “ProMinent” and was its director until 2012. Other than Maltese, he speaks English, German, Italian and French.

DANIEL POLSKI

DANIEL POLSKI
Ambassador of the Argentine Republic

ArgentinienAmbassador DANIEL POLSKI, born on 7th May 1950 joined the Foreign Service in 1993 in his country. He was Consul General and Director of the Center for Economic Development of Argentina in Frankfurt am Main (1995-1999), Under Secretary for economic integration and Mercosur (2002-2003) and Ambassador to Japan (2004-2010). From 2010-2013 he was Director for Asia and Oceania at the State Secretariat for External Relations. He speaks English and German.

Accreditation: August 26, 2013

MONICA THEODORA GEETRUIDA VAN DAALEN

MONICA THEODORA GEETRUIDA VAN DAALEN
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

NiederlandeAmbassador MONICA THEODORA GEETRUIDA VAN DAALEN, born on 24th November 1960, studied Art History, Archaeology, Modern Asian History and International Law at the University of Amsterdam. After her diplomatic training, she held posts abroad in Seoul, New York and Miami (2001-2005, Consul General). Most recently, she has headed the Directorate General of Consular Affairs, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at The Hague.

JOHN B. EMERSON

JOHN B. EMERSON
Ambassador of the United States of America

USAAmbassador JOHN B. EMERSON, born on 11th January 1954 in Chicago, did his doctorate in law from the University of Chicago. Since the 1970s, he lives and works primarily in California. There he managed the 1992 election campaign of Bill Clinton and held various senior positions in the City of Los Angeles. Since 1997 he has been president of the financial services company Capital Group Private Client Services.

Accreditation: July 18, 2013

SENUSSI ABDULKADER KWIDEER

SENUSSI ABDULKADER KWIDEER
Ambassador of Libya

LibyenAmbassador SENUSSI ABDULKADER KWIDEER, born on 26th June 1953, completed his engineering degree in 1980 at the University of Cairo with a Bachelor of Science. He worked for many years as an engineer and project manager for companies in Cairo and Abu Dhabi. In December 2011, he began working for the new Libyan government. He was chairman of several committees and was advisor to the Libyan Prime Minister. He speaks Arabic and English.

MARIA LUIZA RIBEIRO VIOTTI

MARIA LUIZA RIBEIRO VIOTTI
Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil

BrasilienAmbassador MARIA LUIZA RIBEIRO VIOTTI, born on 27th March 1954 in Belo Horizonte, graduated from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy “Rio Branco Institute," and additionally obtained a business degree. In the Foreign Ministry she held important functions, including Head of the Americas Division and Director General for International Organizations. Most recently, she was Brazil's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

MUSTAPHA ADIB

MUSTAPHA ADIB
Ambassador of the Lebanese Republic

LibanonAmbassador MUSTAPHA ADIB after his graduation as a lawyer and political scientist taught at universities in Lebanon and France. In 2004 he became president of the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (CESMO). He is also president of the "Lebanese Association of International Law" and other important organizations. In 2011 he was appointed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati as his cabinet chief.

MARCEL R. TIBALEKA

MARCEL R. TIBALEKA
Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda

LibanonAmbassador MARCEL R. TIBALEKA, born on 8th January 1949, after his graduation from the “Institute of Public Administration” in Uganda has had a successful career with positions of responsibility in the "Uganda Police Force” (1970-2007). He gained diplomatic experience as Consular attaché to the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi (1981-1983). Besides his mother tongue Runyoro, he speaks English, French, German and Swahili.

Accreditation: May 29, 2013

PANAJOTIS ZOGRAFOS

PANAJOTIS ZOGRAFOS
Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic

GriechenlandAmbassador PANAJOTIS ZOGRAFOS, born on 20th July 1954, studied law after finishing his schooling at the German School in Athens. His first posting abroad took him to Vienna. Later, he became Consul General in Hanover (1985-1988). He served as ambassador to Armenia, Israel and Austria (2007-2012). Most recently, he was Director General for Political Affairs in the Greek Foreign Ministry. He speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

Accreditation: April 18, 2013

PEHIN DATO ABDUL JALIL HJ AHMAD

PEHIN DATO ABDUL JALIL HJ AHMAD
Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam

BruneiAmbassador PEHIN DATO ABDUL JALIL HJ AHMAD, born on 11th October 1952, completed a military career with the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment, where he rose to the post of wing commander. He then served as a staff officer in senior positions in the Ministry of Defence. In 1995 he became commander of the Royal Brunei Navy. In 2005 he was appointed High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Brunei Darussalam in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Accreditation: February 8, 2013

HAWA BA KEITA

HAWA BA KEITA
Ambassador of the Republik of Mali

MaliAmbassador HAWA BA KEITA, born on 20th October 1952, first worked as a German teacher in African secondary schools. From 1985-1987 she did a tourism training course in Germany. In 2003 she became Director General of the Malian Government Tourist Office, and in 2005 minister for Employment and Vocational Training. Since 2008, she has served as the Ambassador to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Gambia. She speaks French, German and English.

JUMAA MUBARAK AL JUNAIBI

JUMAA MUBARAK AL JUNAIBI
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

VAEAmbassador JUMAA MUBARAK AL JUNAIBI, born on 29th April 1960, studied engineering and did a Masters in strategic studies from the Military Academy, Pennsylvania, USA. During his military career, he reached the rank of brigadier general in the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates. After that, he was Director General of the Abu Dhabi city council and since May 2009 serves as Secretary of State in the foreign ministry of his country.

MARIA CRISTINA RODRIGUES de ALMEIDA PEREIRA

MARIA CRISTINA RODRIGUES de ALMEIDA PEREIRA
Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde

Kap VerdeAmbassador MARIA CRISTINA RODRIGUES de ALMEIDA PEREIRA, born on 22nd January 1963, completed a law degree from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and did her postgraduate studies in marine law in Halifax, Canada. Her diplomatic career took her to the embassies in Luanda, The Hague and London. Since 2011 she holds the post of chargé d’affaires at the Cape Verde embassy in Lisbon. She speaks Portuguese, English and French.

JERZY MARGAŃSKI

Dr. JERZY MARGAŃSKI
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

PolenAmbassador Dr. JERZY MARGAŃSKI, born on 27th July 1955, holds a Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (1990). His diplomatic career is closely linked to the German speaking countries. He was first posted at the Polish Embassy in Bonn and the former branch office in Berlin (1997-1999). Later, he served as his country's ambassador to Bern (2001-2005) and Vienna (since 2008). The ambassador speaks German and English.

Accreditation: November 7, 2012

DEIVIDAS MATULIONIS

DEIVIDAS MATULIONIS
Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania

LithuaniaAmbassador DEIVIDAS MATULIONIS, born on 2nd September 1963, worked until 1991 as a research associate after finishing his studies in economics at the University of Vilnius. His diplomatic career took him to the embassies in Estonia, Norway and as ambassador to Denmark (2001 to 2006). He was State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009) and lastly chancellor to the Prime Minister. He speaks English, German, Russian and Danish.

Dr. EDOUARD BIZIMANA

Dr. EDOUARD BIZIMANA
Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi

BurundiAmbassador Dr. EDOUARD BIZIMANA was born on 10th February 1968. After finishing school in Burundi he graduated with a Doctorate at the Institute of International Relations in Cameroon (IRIC). He worked as first counsellor in the Burundian Embassy in Washington (2007-2010) and advisor to the head of the Department of International and Regional Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burundi. He speaks French, English, Kirundi and Swahili.

Accreditation: September 24, 2012

JACQUES YVON NDOLOU

JACQUES YVON NDOLOU
Ambassador of the Republic of Congo

KongoAmbassador JACQUES YVON NDOLOU, born on 3rd May 1944, completed a military science training at the Frunse Academy in Moscow. In 1990 he was appointed as the personal Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister. He ran the military school, Général Leclerc, and headed the office of the defence minister. Later, he became chief of staff of the Congolese armed forces (1999), Minister of Defence (2005) and Minister for Sports and Physical Education (since 2009).

KHALID SALMAN ABDULRAHMAN BAOMAR

KHALID SALMAN ABDULRAHMAN BAOMAR
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

OmanAmbassador KHALID SALMAN ABDULRAHMAN BAOMAR, born on 31st January 1964, joined the diplomatic service after studying economics in the United States and Britain. After holding management positions in the Foreign Ministry, in 1998 he served as the Economic Attaché at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, and in 2004 was the chargé d'affaires in Vienna. From 2006 onwards, he was the Ambassador of Oman to South Africa. He speaks Arabic and English.

GEORGES SANTER

GEORGES SANTER
Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

LuxemburgAmbassador GEORGES SANTER, born on 6th December 1952, has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Vienna and graduated from the Diplomatic University of Vienna. He was the chargé d'affaires in Madrid, Ambassador in Beijing (1991-1995), then in Vienna (1995-2002) and to the Holy See, as well as in Paris and was the Permanent Representative to the OECD (since 2007). He speaks French, German, Luxembourgish, German, Italian and Spanish.

RAMÓN CUSTODIO ESPINOZA

RAMÓN CUSTODIO ESPINOZA
Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras

HondurasAmbassador RAMÓN CUSTODIO ESPINOZA, born on 5th March 1966, graduated from the American College of Switzerland. He was Chairman and manager of the company Citimex AG before he switched to being an adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998. From 1999 to 2007 he served as an adviser at the Embassy of Honduras in the US. Since 2007, he has been the Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

MOHAMED ABDEL HAMID IBRAHIM HIGAZY

MOHAMED ABDEL HAMID IBRAHIM HIGAZY
Ambassador of the Arabic Republic of Egypt

ÄgyptenAmbassador MOHAMED ABDEL HAMID IBRAHIM HIGAZY, born on 1st November 1955, completed a master's degree from Cairo University and the Institute for diplomatic training. His postings abroad took him to Madrid, Sydney and London. He was ambassador to Jordan and India. From May to December 2011, he was foreign the policy adviser to the prime minister and the government spokesman. Besides Arabic, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

KIM JAE-SHIN

KIM JAE-SHIN
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

KoreaAmbassador KIM JAE-SHIN, studied Political Science and International Relations at the Korea University in Seoul. After joining the Diplomatic Service his foreign postings took him to Japan, Myanmar, US and China. Since 2008, he was adviser to the President and since August 2010 Ministerial Head (Deputy Minister) for political affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Accreditation: August 24, 2012

VERA JOLIČIĆ KULIŠ

VERA JOLIČIĆ KULIŠ
Ambassador of Montenegro

MontenegroAmbassador VERA JOLIČIĆ KULIŠ, born on 7th February 1972 in Annweiler, Germany, finished her law studies at the University of Montenegro and after doing a clerkship in Podgorica, joined the Foreign Ministry of Montenegro. She headed the cabinet of the Foreign Minister, was sent as an envoy to the Embassy in Berlin (2008-2009) and most recently was head of the office of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. She speaks English and German.

PAWLO KLIMKIN

PAWLO KLIMKIN
Ambassador of Ukraine

UkraineAmbassador PAWLO KLIMKIN, born on 25th December 1967 in Kursk, is a physicist and mathematician with a Masters degree. In 1993 he joined the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. His first foreign posting sent him to Germany (1997-2000). Later, he headed the Department of Economic Cooperation with the EU, was Deputy Chief of Mission in London (2004-2008), Head of the European Union Department, and since 2010 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He speaks English and German.

SITONA ABDALLA OSMAN

South Sudan

SITONA ABDALLA OSMAN
Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan

SüdsudanAmbassador SITONA ABDALLA OSMAN, born on 1st January 1957, has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Cairo. From 1985 to 2002 she worked for the South Sudanese Liberation Movement the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army / Movement (SPLA / M). After the peace agreement with the Sudanese government in 2007 she entered the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 2011 the Foreign Service of the Republic of South Sudan. She speaks English and Arabic.

RODRIGO OSWALDO CHAVES SAMUDIO

RODRIGO OSWALDO CHAVES SAMUDIO
Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

VenezuelaAmbassador RODRIGO OSWALDO CHAVES SAMUDIO, born on 29th May 1962, is a trained specialist in general surgery. As Vice-Minister of Health (1999-2000), he was the main coordinator for the set-up of 2,700 health centres in Venezuela. He headed the Office of the President, was Ambassador to Italy, Vice Foreign Minister (2006-2007) and lastly Ambassador to Greece. Besides his mother tongue, Spanish, he speaks English.

SHI MINGDE

SHI MINGDE
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China

ChinaAmbassador SHI MINGDE, born on 15th December 1954, completed his German studies in the GDR. Until 1990 he was an employee of the Embassy of the PRC in East Berlin. From 2002 to 2006 he served as an envoy and counsellor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. After that, he was Director General of the Office for Foreign Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and since 2010 is the ambassador to Austria. He speaks German and English.

ELIO MENZIONE

ELIO MENZIONE
Ambassador of the Italian Republic

ItalienAmbassador ELIO MENZIONE, born on 30th August 1949, studied law and cleared the state exam at the University of Pavia in 1975. He then entered the Italian diplomatic service. Some of his postings abroad led him to Hanoi, Jakarta, Lima and New York. In 2001 he was Italian ambassador in Havana, in 2008 in Pretoria (with additional accreditation for Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia), and in 2011 in Bogota. The ambassador speaks German and English.

Accreditation: July 11, 2012

ALBERTO GUANI AMARILLA

ALBERTO GUANI AMARILLA
Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

UruguayAmbassador ALBERTO GUANI AMARILLA, born on 9th April 1959 in Asuncion, Paraguay, acquired a university degree in International Relations from the University of Uruguay in 1987. His first foreign posting in March 1989 led him to East Berlin. Later he held other posts such as Chief of Protocol of the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry and Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English, German and several other languages.

ELIZABETH SALGUERO CARILLO

ELIZABETH SALGUERO CARILLO
Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

BolivienAmbassador ELIZABETH SALGUERO CARILLO, born on 12th December 1964, studied computer science in Cordoba, Argentina, and regional planning in Karlsruhe. Professionally, she worked primarily in the field of information, communications and public relations. As a member of the House of Representatives, she was President of the Bolivian-German Parliamentary Group. She was most recently given the post of Bolivia's Minister of Culture (2011-2012). She speaks Spanish, English and German.

Dr. NGUYEN THI HOANG ANH

Dr. NGUYEN THI HOANG ANH
Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

VietnamAmbassador Dr. NGUYEN THI HOANG ANH, born on 23rd May 1960 in Jakarta, Indonesia, studied law at the Humboldt University in Berlin (GDR) from 1980 to 1984, from where she graduated, and in 1988 obtained a doctorate. She specialized in the field of international law. Since July 2009 she has been in charge of the department of international law and international treaties in the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry. Besides her mother tongue, she speaks German and English.

U SOE NWE

U SOE NWE
Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

MyanmarAmbassador U SOE NWE, born on 12th April 1956 in Pu Law, Myanmar, did his M.A. in the field of defence policy. From 1974 to 2005 he served in various positions in the armed forces of his country, reaching the rank of brigadier general. Since 2005, he has been the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in the Republic of Serbia. He is married and has three children.

Accreditation: June 19, 2012

Abdul BASIT

Abdul BASIT
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

PakistanAmbassador Abdul BASIT, born on 10th April 1958, did a Master’s degree in International Relations and entered the foreign service of his country, Pakistan, in October 1982. His diplomatic career took him to the missions of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Moscow (1985-1988), New York (1991-1994), Sana'a (1994-1997), Geneva (2001-2003) and London (2003-2008). The Ambassador is married and has two children.

Halnazar AGAKHANOV

Halnazar AGAKHANOV
Ambassador of Turkmenistan

TurkmenistanAmbassador Halnazar AGAKHANOV, born on 25th February 1952 in Ashgabat, was trained at the Co-operative Institute of Samarkand and first worked in the field of trade and co-operatives. In 1991 he became Minister of Trade. His diplomatic career took him to several countries. He was ambassador to Kazakhstan (1999-2000) and to the Russian Federation (2000-2012, from 2009 onwards with dual accreditation to Bulgaria). The Ambassador is married and has three children.

Skender XHAKALIU

Skender XHAKALIU
Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo

KosovoAmbassador Skender XHAKALIU, born on 21st March 1968, completed a business degree in Prishtina and continued his studies in Germany. Currently he is completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Sheffield University. Apart from the many posts that he has held, he also worked with the German Liaison Office in Kosovo and was advisor to the Minister of Education of the Republic of Kosovo. Besides his mother tongue, Albanian, he also speaks English, German and Serbian.

Accreditation: June 14, 2012

Minas A. HADJIMICHAEL

Minas A. HADJIMICHAEL
Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus

ZypernAmbassador Minas A. HADJIMICHAEL, born on 30th October 1956 in Famagusta, studied law in Athens, and political science and international relations in the United States. He served as ambassador in Paris (2002) and was the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN (2008-2012). As a member and leader of the Cyprus delegation, he has participated in numerous conferences to resolve the Cyprus issue. In addition to Greek, he speaks English and French.

Bwalya Stanley Kasonde CHITI

Bwalya Stanley Kasonde CHITI
Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia

SambiaAmbassador Bwalya Stanley Kasonde CHITI, born on 11th April 1954, completed his law studies from the University of Zambia. He worked for the State Insurance Company of Zambia, the National Import and Export Company and from 1994-2011 was the Managing Partner of the private law firm Chiti and Partners. From 2003 to 2006 he was a member of the Zambian Parliament and the Pan African Parliament, and also held other important posts.

Nongnuth PHETDCHARATANA

Nongnuth PHETDCHARATANA
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand

ThailandAmbassador Nongnuth PHETDCHARATANA, born on 3rd August 1957, studied international relations in Bangkok and political science at Indiana University in the United States. Her diplomatic career took her to the embassies and consulates in Budapest and Washington D.C. From 2009 to April 2012, she was the Ambassador in Vienna, with concurrent accreditation for Slovenia and Slovakia. She is married and has one son and one daughter.

Juan Pablo GARCÍA-BERDOY y CEREZO

Juan Pablo GARCÍA-BERDOY y CEREZO
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain

SpanienAmbassador Juan Pablo GARCÍA-BERDOY y CEREZO, born on 9th March 1961 in Madrid, took up a diplomatic career after graduating in law. Among the various posts that he held, he worked as the advisor for European Affairs at the Embassy of Spain in Bonn (1991-1996) and was the ambassador to Romania and Moldova. In 2010 he established the Aspen Institute in Spain and took over its management. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English, French, German and Romanian.

Accreditation: April 13, 2012

Bolot Isakowitsch OTUNBAEV

Bolot Isakowitsch OTUNBAEV
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic

KirgisienAmbassador Bolot Isakowitsch OTUNBAEV, born in 1965 in Osh, studied at the Lomonosov University in Moscow and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of History of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Professionally, he has dealt mainly with bilateral relations with Turkey. From 2005 to 2009 he served as advisor to the Kyrgyz embassy in Turkey. He speaks Kyrgyz, Russian, English and Turkish.

Juan Ramón PORRAS DE LA GUARDIA

Juan Ramón PORRAS DE LA GUARDIA
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama

PanamaAmbassador Juan Ramón PORRAS DE LA GUARDIA, born on 21st November 1943, after schooling at the Otto Kuehne school in Bad Godesberg, studied Medicine (undergraduate level), law and economics in Panama and Colombia. Since 1968 he is a Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Panama. From 1973 onwards he was the director of a law firm, and since 1997 he is the director of the consulting firm Porras-Boyd. He speaks Spanish, English and German.

José Antonio MEIER ESPINOSA

José Antonio MEIER ESPINOSA
Ambassador of the Republic of Peru

PeruAmbassador José Antonio MEIER ESPINOSA, born on 4th September 1950, graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru, and obtained a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Mainz. From 1993 to 1996 he was an envoy at the Embassy of Peru in Bonn. He served as ambassador to South Africa (1996-2000), Chile and Colombia. Since 2011 he holds the post of deputy foreign minister. Besides Spanish, he speaks German and English.

Caetano Luis Pequito DE ALMEIDA SAMPAIO

Caetano Luis Pequito DE ALMEIDA SAMPAIO
Ambassador of the Portugiese Republic

PortugalAmbassador Caetano Luis Pequito DE ALMEIDA SAMPAIO, born on 16th December 1957, joined the Portuguese Foreign Ministry after completing law school from the University of Coimbra. From 1987 onwards he was part of the delegation of Portugal to NATO in Brussels. As part of the Portuguese EU Presidency in 2007, he was coordinator for the peace process in the Middle East. Since 2008 he has represented his country as ambassador to Belgrade, Podgorica and Skopje with accreditation.

Accreditation: March 9, 2012

Sujatha SINGH

Sujatha SINGH
Ambassador of the Republic of India

IndienAmbassador Sujatha SINGH, born in July 1954, studied economics and earned an M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976, where among other matters she dealt with Europe and the European Union. Her diplomatic career took her to her country’s missions in Bonn (1978-1982), Accra, Paris, Bangkok and Milan (2000-2004). From 2007 to 2012 she served as High Commissioner of India in Australia.

Takeshi NAKANE

Takeshi NAKANE
Ambassador of Japan

JapanAmbassador Takeshi NAKANE, born on 24th June 1949, did part of his studies in Heidelberg and Göttingen and received his law degree from Kyoto University. His diplomatic career often took him to Germany. Among the various posts he held, he was also Consul General in Munich. Most recently, he was Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of Japan to the International Organisations in Vienna. Besides Japanese, he speaks English and German.

Yaakov HADAS-HANDELSMAN

Yaakov HADAS-HANDELSMAN
Ambassador of the State of Israel

IsraelAmbassador Yaakov HADAS-HANDELSMAN, born on 22nd August 1957, did his B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at the Tel Aviv University and his M.A. in Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 2003 to 2006 he was ambassador to Jordan. Since August 2011 he has represented Israel as ambassador to the European Union and NATO in Brussels. He speaks Hebrew, English, German, Arabic and Turkish.

Accreditation: February 24, 2012

Marie Odile BONKOUNGOU BALIMA

Marie Odile BONKOUNGOU BALIMA
Ambassador of Burkina Faso

Burkina FasoAmbassador Marie Odile BONKOUNGOU BALIMA, born on 15th December 1961, earned a Master's degree in Business Law at the University of Ouagadougou and a Diploma in General Management from the National School of Administration and Senior Civil Service. During her professional career she first held senior positions in the Ministry of Public Service. From 2005-2011 she served as Minister for Education and Literacy. She speaks French.

Aminatou GAOH

Aminatou GAOH
Ambassador of the Republic of Niger

NigerAmbassador Aminatou GAOH, born on 31st December 1961, studied private law in Niger and did postgraduate studies in International Business Law and Development in Paris. Among her various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of her country, she also held the post of Head of the Africa department. Then at the embassy in Paris, she worked as Counsellor of Economy, Trade and Culture (2002-2010). She speaks French.

Radi Dragnev NAIDENOV

Radi Dragnev NAIDENOV
Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria

BulgarienAmbassador Radi Dragnev NAIDENOV, born on 24th August 1962, attended the German language secondary school in Sofia, he studied International Relations and participated in the training of young diplomats for the Foreign Office. He was Deputy Minister of Defence, Chief of Cabinet of Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (2002-2005) and Ambassador to Vienna (until 2011). In addition to Bulgarian, he also speaks German, English and Russian.

Accreditation: January 16, 2012

Malam DJASSI

Malam DJASSI
Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-BissauAmbassador Malam DJASSI, born on 5th November 1958, studied history at the University of Porto in Portugal and completed courses in Paris, Geneva and New Delhi on diplomacy. His first posting abroad took him to the Embassy of Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon. After holding various management positions in the Foreign Ministry, he was chief adviser to the secretary of state since 2009. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

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