Appointments and Resignations

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Paraguay’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Germán Rojas?

With the 2013 election of Horacio Cartes as Paraguay’s president, Rojas was made Minister of Finance. His tenure there was seen as successful, with Rojas being named Finance Minister of the Year in 2014 for his stewardship of the country’s finances. He was also made chairman of the boards of governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Rojas left the ministry in early 2015, saying it was for personal reasons, but more likely because of differences with Cartes over tax reforms.   read more

Austria’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wolfgang Waldner?

He joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and his first U.S. assignment came in 1983, when he was named cultural attaché at the embassy in Washington. Waldner then served briefly as personal secretary to Foreign Minister Alois Mock before being named in 1988 to lead the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York, a post he held until 1999. Waldner did take time out to work on the successful 1992 and 1998 presidential campaigns of Thomas Klestil.   read more

Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Naivakarurubalavu Solo Mara?

Mara was sent overseas again in 2008 as counselor in the Fiji embassy in Brussels, but returned home the following year to become the ministry’s Permanent Secretary. In 2011, Mara was made High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, with concurrent responsibilities as ambassador to Germany, Denmark, Israel, Ireland and the Holy See.   read more

Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Carlos Sada?

Sada is certainly aware of his charge to counter the negative statements Trump has made about Mexico. Sada’s predecessor, Miguel Basañez Ebergenyi, had been criticized for his lackluster response to Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexican undocumented immigrants. Consequently, President Enrique Peña Nieto nominated Sada to replace Basañez. “We need to do a more thorough job so that people understand what (Mexico) contributes,” Sada said after being sworn in.   read more

Mozambique’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Carlos Dos Santos?

Dos Santos took his first ambassadorial post in 1996 as his country’s permanent representative to the United Nations. While there, he was named secretary general of a convention to ban landmines, an issue close to his heart because of the millions of mines planted in Mozambique during the civil war. He also worked to stop small arms proliferation, another vital issue in his country.   read more

Australia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Joe Hockey?

Hockey was made treasurer.but ran into trouble when he presented his first budget. It called for cuts to family payments, punitive measures for unemployed young people, a Medicare co-payment, removal of caps on university fees, and $80 billion (Australian) in long-term cuts to health and education funding. He also announced an unpopular increase in fuel taxes. He defended the increase, saying “the poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases.”   read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Haris Hrle?

In 2005, Hrle moved to the embassy in Vienna, Austria and served as chargé d’affaires, becoming ambassador in 2008. While he was in charge there, a Bosnian general, Jovan Divjak, who had been accused of war crimes by Serbia, was arrested in Vienna. Divjak was eventually released without being extradited to Serbia. Hrle returned home in 2011 to work in the ministry’s office of public relations. In 2013, he was made ambassador to Saudi Arabia with responsibility for Oman and Yemen as well.   read more

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ralph Thomas?

Thomas worked at the Bank of New York for 22 years, eventually serving as vice president and regional manager. Beginning in 2004, he worked independently in the banking industry. He took time out in 2007 to run for parliament in Jamaica. He was the candidate of the People’s National Party, but lost. In 2010 he returned to the University of the West Indies as a senior teaching fellow in the Mona School of Business and Management. Thomas was tapped in 2013 to be Jamaica’s ambassador to China.   read more

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is François Balumuene?

Balumuene served in 2000 as diplomatic and administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner general of the Government for MONUC Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy for the UN peacekeeping effort in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Later that year, he was made chargé d’affaires at the embassy to South Africa in Pretoria. In 2003, Balumuene was sent to India as his country’s ambassador. He then became dean of New Delhi’s diplomatic corps.   read more

The Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hendrik Jan Schuwer?

The first assignment was as deputy permanent representative to the EU, then in 2007 he was made director of the private office of the secretary general of NATO. He returned to The Hague briefly in 2009 for a stint as director of the ministry’s North Africa and Middle East department, but was back in Brussels the following year, this time as ambassador to Belgium, where he served until being sent to Washington.   read more

Finland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kirsti Kauppi?

In 2003, she went to Berlin as the deputy chief of mission in Finland’s embassy there. In 2005, she moved to Vienna as ambassador to Austria and to serve as her country’s representatives to the United Nation organizations there. During that time, she also served for three years as the Finnish Governor on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors. In 2008, she was elected vice-chair of the agency.   read more

Romania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is George Cristian Maior?

In 2006 Maior was tapped to head the Romanian Intelligence Service. In 2015, in that capacity, he supported proposals to retain data and personal information on Romanian citizens. He resigned after the country’s high court rejected those proposals. Shortly thereafter, Maior was given the job in Washington. One of the goals Maior is pursuing is to have Romania accepted as a participant in the U.S. visa waiver program, which would make it easier for Romanians to come to the United States.   read more

Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wilson Masilingi?

Masilingi attended a UN conference on biodiversity in 1992 and was one of the representatives from smaller nations who accused the U.S. of blocking their proposals to protect the environment. He was brought into the government in 1998 as the minister for good governance, where he investigated corruption and fraud in government and business. Masilingi was named his country’s first ambassador to the Netherlands in 2013, where he served until assuming the post in Washington.   read more

Belize’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pat Andrews?

While running Scotiabank’s operations in Belize, Andrews was involved in several charities benefiting the country’s children. In 2007, he was named Canada’s honorary consul in Belize. In 2014, Andrews was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to community and banking. His nephew, Patrick Jason Andrews, is also involved in the country’s politics but as a senator in the rival Peoples United Party, and was a television host.   read more

Kosovo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Vlora Çitaku?

Çitaku was made Kosovo’s minister of European Integration in 2010 and worked on settling differences with Serbia. She also worked to improve women’s rights in her country and increase their role in government. In 2014, she came to the U.S. to be Kosovo’s consul general in New York. There, she worked to get Kosovo membership in the U.N. Despite her long career, Çitaku is as likely to show up in her country’s gossip magazines as newspapers because of her striking appearance.   read more

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hamdullah Mohib?

Mohib was responsible for the creation of community service programming to recognize the achievements of Afghan women, and to support special-needs orphans living in Kabul. He worked for the American University of Afghanistan, both as its IT director and a teacher of IT classes. He also served in President Ghani’s campaign as his social media “guru” and subsequently as his deputy chief of staff. Mohib and his wife Lael have written articles together on Afghan political issues.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

1 to 16 of about 1274 News
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Paraguay’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Germán Rojas?

With the 2013 election of Horacio Cartes as Paraguay’s president, Rojas was made Minister of Finance. His tenure there was seen as successful, with Rojas being named Finance Minister of the Year in 2014 for his stewardship of the country’s finances. He was also made chairman of the boards of governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Rojas left the ministry in early 2015, saying it was for personal reasons, but more likely because of differences with Cartes over tax reforms.   read more

Austria’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wolfgang Waldner?

He joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and his first U.S. assignment came in 1983, when he was named cultural attaché at the embassy in Washington. Waldner then served briefly as personal secretary to Foreign Minister Alois Mock before being named in 1988 to lead the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York, a post he held until 1999. Waldner did take time out to work on the successful 1992 and 1998 presidential campaigns of Thomas Klestil.   read more

Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Naivakarurubalavu Solo Mara?

Mara was sent overseas again in 2008 as counselor in the Fiji embassy in Brussels, but returned home the following year to become the ministry’s Permanent Secretary. In 2011, Mara was made High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, with concurrent responsibilities as ambassador to Germany, Denmark, Israel, Ireland and the Holy See.   read more

Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Carlos Sada?

Sada is certainly aware of his charge to counter the negative statements Trump has made about Mexico. Sada’s predecessor, Miguel Basañez Ebergenyi, had been criticized for his lackluster response to Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexican undocumented immigrants. Consequently, President Enrique Peña Nieto nominated Sada to replace Basañez. “We need to do a more thorough job so that people understand what (Mexico) contributes,” Sada said after being sworn in.   read more

Mozambique’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Carlos Dos Santos?

Dos Santos took his first ambassadorial post in 1996 as his country’s permanent representative to the United Nations. While there, he was named secretary general of a convention to ban landmines, an issue close to his heart because of the millions of mines planted in Mozambique during the civil war. He also worked to stop small arms proliferation, another vital issue in his country.   read more

Australia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Joe Hockey?

Hockey was made treasurer.but ran into trouble when he presented his first budget. It called for cuts to family payments, punitive measures for unemployed young people, a Medicare co-payment, removal of caps on university fees, and $80 billion (Australian) in long-term cuts to health and education funding. He also announced an unpopular increase in fuel taxes. He defended the increase, saying “the poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases.”   read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Haris Hrle?

In 2005, Hrle moved to the embassy in Vienna, Austria and served as chargé d’affaires, becoming ambassador in 2008. While he was in charge there, a Bosnian general, Jovan Divjak, who had been accused of war crimes by Serbia, was arrested in Vienna. Divjak was eventually released without being extradited to Serbia. Hrle returned home in 2011 to work in the ministry’s office of public relations. In 2013, he was made ambassador to Saudi Arabia with responsibility for Oman and Yemen as well.   read more

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ralph Thomas?

Thomas worked at the Bank of New York for 22 years, eventually serving as vice president and regional manager. Beginning in 2004, he worked independently in the banking industry. He took time out in 2007 to run for parliament in Jamaica. He was the candidate of the People’s National Party, but lost. In 2010 he returned to the University of the West Indies as a senior teaching fellow in the Mona School of Business and Management. Thomas was tapped in 2013 to be Jamaica’s ambassador to China.   read more

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is François Balumuene?

Balumuene served in 2000 as diplomatic and administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner general of the Government for MONUC Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy for the UN peacekeeping effort in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Later that year, he was made chargé d’affaires at the embassy to South Africa in Pretoria. In 2003, Balumuene was sent to India as his country’s ambassador. He then became dean of New Delhi’s diplomatic corps.   read more

The Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hendrik Jan Schuwer?

The first assignment was as deputy permanent representative to the EU, then in 2007 he was made director of the private office of the secretary general of NATO. He returned to The Hague briefly in 2009 for a stint as director of the ministry’s North Africa and Middle East department, but was back in Brussels the following year, this time as ambassador to Belgium, where he served until being sent to Washington.   read more

Finland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kirsti Kauppi?

In 2003, she went to Berlin as the deputy chief of mission in Finland’s embassy there. In 2005, she moved to Vienna as ambassador to Austria and to serve as her country’s representatives to the United Nation organizations there. During that time, she also served for three years as the Finnish Governor on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors. In 2008, she was elected vice-chair of the agency.   read more

Romania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is George Cristian Maior?

In 2006 Maior was tapped to head the Romanian Intelligence Service. In 2015, in that capacity, he supported proposals to retain data and personal information on Romanian citizens. He resigned after the country’s high court rejected those proposals. Shortly thereafter, Maior was given the job in Washington. One of the goals Maior is pursuing is to have Romania accepted as a participant in the U.S. visa waiver program, which would make it easier for Romanians to come to the United States.   read more

Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wilson Masilingi?

Masilingi attended a UN conference on biodiversity in 1992 and was one of the representatives from smaller nations who accused the U.S. of blocking their proposals to protect the environment. He was brought into the government in 1998 as the minister for good governance, where he investigated corruption and fraud in government and business. Masilingi was named his country’s first ambassador to the Netherlands in 2013, where he served until assuming the post in Washington.   read more

Belize’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pat Andrews?

While running Scotiabank’s operations in Belize, Andrews was involved in several charities benefiting the country’s children. In 2007, he was named Canada’s honorary consul in Belize. In 2014, Andrews was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to community and banking. His nephew, Patrick Jason Andrews, is also involved in the country’s politics but as a senator in the rival Peoples United Party, and was a television host.   read more

Kosovo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Vlora Çitaku?

Çitaku was made Kosovo’s minister of European Integration in 2010 and worked on settling differences with Serbia. She also worked to improve women’s rights in her country and increase their role in government. In 2014, she came to the U.S. to be Kosovo’s consul general in New York. There, she worked to get Kosovo membership in the U.N. Despite her long career, Çitaku is as likely to show up in her country’s gossip magazines as newspapers because of her striking appearance.   read more

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hamdullah Mohib?

Mohib was responsible for the creation of community service programming to recognize the achievements of Afghan women, and to support special-needs orphans living in Kabul. He worked for the American University of Afghanistan, both as its IT director and a teacher of IT classes. He also served in President Ghani’s campaign as his social media “guru” and subsequently as his deputy chief of staff. Mohib and his wife Lael have written articles together on Afghan political issues.   read more
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