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Belgium, August 2020

Mr. Philippe Kridelka was appointed Director UNESCO Office in New York, and Representative to the United Nations, and assumed his post on 15 August 2010. Mr. Kridelka joined the Belgian Diplomatic Service on 15 October 1987. He became First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran in 1989 and served in that position until 1992, when he returned to Brussels as Deputy Director of the Central European Desk. In 1995 Mr. Kridelka was transferred to Warsaw, Poland as the Counsellor at the Belgian Embassy until his posting in 1998 as Diplomatic Advisor to the Belgian Minister for Foreign Trade. He then served as Counsellor to the Belgian Representation to the European Union -World Trade Organization (WTO) desk from 1999-2000. From 2000-2002 Mr. Kridelka served as Diplomatic Advisor to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of Employment Policy and Gender Equality, before being appointed in 2002 to the position of Ambassador of Belgium to the Republic of Singapore and to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. Mr. Kridelka was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Belgium to UNESCO from 2005 – 2009. He served as Director of Cabinet, Office of the Director General of UNESCO from 2009-2010 until his present position. Mr. Kridelka holds a Master’s Degree in Law. He speaks French, English, Dutch and German.

Phillippines, July 2020

Before he started his diplomatic service, Enrique Austria Manalo, an economist, held several positions at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) until 1979 when he joined the diplomatic corps. He served as Acting Secretary of DFA from March 9 to May 17, 2017, when former New York resident Perfecto Yasay Jr.’s ad-interim appointment confirmation was rejected by the CA due to his citizenship.

Manalo is the son of seasoned diplomats — Armando and Rosario. He attended the University of the Philippines where he obtained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics. His mother was the first female career diplomat of the DFA who served as Philippine ambassador to Sweden, France, Belgium, and the European Community. His late father was ambassador to Belgium and political adviser of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. He was also a journalist.

Austria, July 2020

The new Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, Alexander Marschik, presented his credentials to the Secretariat today.

Before his latest appointment, Mr. Marschik was Director-General for Bilateral Affairs and European Union-Common Foreign and Security Policy and Political Director in his country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 2018.  He previously served as Director-General for International Affairs and Political Director from 2015 to 2018, Ambassador to the European Union’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels from 2011 to 2015 and Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2011.

At the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York, he was Deputy Permanent Representative from 2003 to 2006 and Legal and Political Counsellor from 1999 to 2003, during which time he was Vice-Chair of the Sixth Committee (Legal) during the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly from 2001 to 2002.  He also served as Head of the General Affairs Council Unit of the European Union Division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 1999 and First Secretary to the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva in 1997.

Mr. Marschik holds masters and doctoral degrees in law from the University of Vienna, where he also lectured on international law from 1990 to 1998.

Switzerland, June 2020

State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl is a diplomat with extensive multilateral and bilateral credentials. Since she assumed the post of state secretary of the FDFA on 1 December 2016, she has conducted over 60 bilateral negotiations and political consultations with officials from all of the world's major countries and represented Switzerland at numerous ministerial conferences, including at the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

As an expert on peace and security, Ms Baeriswyl was instrumental in the establishment of four new protecting power mandates and has played a key role in peacebuilding efforts in a number of settings, including Colombia, Mozambique, the Middle East and Nepal.

Ms Baeriswyl is responsible for the strategic and conceptual development of Switzerland's foreign policy and its operational implementation via a network of around 120 embassies. She serves on a number of interdepartmental committees, including the Security Core Group and the interdepartmental structure for international cooperation on migration, which she also chaired, as well as the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Europe.

India, May 2020

The new Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, T. S. Tirumurti, presented his credentials to the Secretariat today.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tirumurti served as Secretary to India’s Ministry of External Affairs beginning in 2018, in charge of the Persian Gulf, Arab world, Africa, development partnerships and economic relations.  He previously served in his country’s embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

A senior career diplomat with extensive multilateral experience, Mr. Tirumurti worked at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and was India’s first Representative to the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip.  He served as Counsellor in the Washington, D.C., embassy; as Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia; and as High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

During his stints at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, he served as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social).

Mr. Tirumurti holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce and law.

He is married and has two children.

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By Anjali Sharma

Dr. Annavaleria Guazzieri, the Education Attaché of the Consulate General of Italy to New York

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Dr. Annavaleria Guazzieri believes that as an education attaché, crossing cultural gaps and overcoming linguistic barriers is key to her position at the Consulate General of Italy to New York. “Bridges are powerful metaphors, just as rivers are”. She focuses on and promotes the Italian language and culture, in their multiple facets, from the times of the Etruscans to contemporary multiethnic Italy, through the Roman Empire, Dante and the Renaissance.

Annavaleria supports the growth of dual language programs in New York City public schools,

which have now increased to three (two in Brooklyn: PS112 and PS132, and one in Manhattan

PS242 on the Upper West Side), fostering connections and partnerships between Italian

schools and (iconic) American schools such as Fiorello La Guardia HS and Tottenville High,

promoting friendship and collaboration between American students and their peers in Italy. She helps schools in the Tristate area where Italian is taught as a world language to access funding opportunities offered by the Consulate General of Italy.

She is also involved in the promotion of teachers' development seminars and teaching certification courses in collaboration with Colleges and Universities. Annavaleria strongly believes that language learning in school is not just an opportunity to improve one’s educational skills; thanks to the study of world languages students can, from a very early age, be exposed to different cultures and traditions, and perhaps even take their first steps towards the rewards and challenges of diplomacy!

Dr. Guazzieri is from Venice and has been posted in New York for three years. She settled in Roosevelt Island, attracted, a Venetian would be, by the water flowing past both sides of the East River banks she can see from her windows as well as the Manhattan East Side.

In these times of COVID-19 she travels to the Consulate daily by bike. A real vintage one made in Italy, of course, named after the Italian champion Fausto Coppi. Traveling to Manhattan, the tour is long, strenuous but with a great deal of ambience and charm. Over a red iron bridge that was prized as the best looking one in 1995 into Queens, across Queensbridge Park, and over the Triboro Bridge into Manhattan. SHe is not alone, she is joined by hundreds of other cyclists and pedestrians.

Annavaleria with her trusted bike

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The views all along the way are spectacular and the ride is worthwhile. When the Consulate closes, Annavaleria frequently bikes to Central Park to chill out with friends before the long ride back to her island casa. When Annavaleria has free time, she enjoys spending it on Roosevelt Island's lovely promenades by herself, meeting her New York friends, or escaping to Italian and Austrian Alps with her husband David and their two children, Thomas and Sylvia, doctoral candidates respectively at Chicago (in the US) and Cardiff (in the UK). David is a classical music aficionado and professor of English at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy, and makes very good crispy potatoes.

Annavaleria with Consul General Francesco Genuardi(third from right), President of Manhattan Borough Gale Brewer, CEC3 Multilingual Committee Chairperson Lucas Liu, and representatives of the Italian American community " InItaliano" at the Bilingual Fair 2019, Fordham university, Lincoln center Campus.

Society and Diplomatic Review congratulate and welcome the new Consul General of India to New York. Our history with relations with India goes as far back as working with the Indian delegation to the United Nations with the Foreign Minister V. K. Krishna Menon and Ambassador Lall. Many of our sponsors are of Indian origin from the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Ambassador Randhir Kumar Jaiswal takes office

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New York, NY

Randhir Kumar Jaiswal is one of the most prominent career diplomats taking up his new and most challenging post as the Ambassador Consul General of India in New York accredited to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont as of July 19, 2020. Key are the border tri-state power- New Jersey and Connecticut.

Ambassador Jaiswal is a familiar face amongst the diplomatic community and the vast Indian American diaspora in the Tri State area.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1998 and has over two decades of diplomatic career which took him to serve in He has been posted in Portugal, Cuba, South Africa and as a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of India in New York.

Ambassador Jaswal’s most recent posting was in New Delhi, where he served as Joint Secretary cum Social Secretary to the President of India, Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi. In this post as social secretary, he led the foreign affairs office of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and was an adviser to President Kovind on India’s foreign policy.

Prior to that, Ambassador Jaiswal served as Consul General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He has also served at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi as Deputy Secretary looking after India’s relations with the United States of America, and then as Joint Secretary managing India’s relations with West European countries, in between his overseas assignments.

The Ambassador;s new position as Consul General of India at the moment is nourishing and strengthening the strong bonds between India and the US, strategic, sustainable development and public policy issues.

He would like to further explore the new ideas and areas of cooperation and relationship in diverse fields of economy, trade, technology, and culture.

The Indian Diaspora remains the primary focused concern and top priority of the Consulate to serve one of the fastest and affluent Immigrant Community in the US. Ambassador Jaiswal set out to strengthen the multi-stake holders relationship between his offices and the Indian American community.

Ambassador Jaiswal is passionate about sports, environment, culture, monuments, old cities and ethnic cuisines.

Ambassador Jaiswal has been part of India’s delegation at various Climate Change Conferences and was the lead negotiator for the G-77 countries at the RIO+20 Conference held in Brazil in 2012.

With a Master’s degree in History from Delhi University, and the capability to fluently speak Hindi, English, Portuguese and Spanish, and several dialects of Bihar, India, he will be perfect to eventually be president of the New York Consular Corps.

Ambassador Jaiswal is married to Dr. Abha Jaiswal, a public health expert, and they have two daughters. The eldest daughter is currently an undergrad in Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College and the younger daughter is in 10th grade.

For more information on the Consulate General of India to New York: https://www.indiainnewyork.gov.in/

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