First, a woman to hold the post of ambassador to the DRC (Congo). Roxanne of Bilderling. After entering Belgian diplomacy in 2000 and working as a translator and teacher of French and foreign languages, Roxanne de Bilderling took up the post of Belgian ambassador in Tokyo last year. This is his second appointment as Ambassador, after serving in Nairobi, Kenya. Arriving at the embassy in Kinshasa, Roxanne de Bilderling discovered the Congo and Africa, where she served for most of her diplomatic career.
A new ambassador has been appointed to Iran, where an uproar has been brewing since the death of young Mahza Amini after his arrest. The morality police, now abolished. This is Michael Malherbe, is currently Director of Foreign Staff at the Foreign Affairs Department of the FPS. But before that, Michel Malherbe held several diplomatic posts around the world, including Consul General in Hong Kong, Belgian Ambassador to Beijing and Ankara.
In Tehran, Michael Malherbe will also be responsible for advancing filesOliver VandecastelThis Belgian humanitarian worker was imprisoned in Iran for nine months “without any valid reason to be legally held,” according to the Belgian Embassy.
Another notable fact in the diplomatic movement this year: Hadja Lahbib’s chief of staff left for Tokyo, where he will occupy the post of Belgian ambassador. Antoine Evrat, who was Special Diplomatic Adviser to Charles Michel when he was Prime Minister, received a third post as Belgian Ambassador Abroad after occupying Mexico and Belize. Antoine Evrard was, before that, First Secretary of the Belgian Embassy in Iran and Counselor in Morocco.
Here is a complete list of job changes in Belgian diplomacy:
Greece: Marc Calcone becomes ambassador Athens
Romania: Jean Garnet d’Elsius becomes ambassador Bucharest
Hungary: Jeroen Vergilan becomes ambassador Budapest
Netherlands: Oliver Bell becomes ambassador Hack
Norway: John Bayard becomes ambassador Oslo
Czech Republic: Jürgen van Meierwenne becomes ambassador Prague
Croatia: William de Bates becomes ambassador Zagreb
Ivory Coast: Carol Van Eyl becomes ambassador Abidjan
Nigeria: Peter Lienknecht becomes ambassador Abuja
Mali: Eric de Meyer becomes ambassador PMK
Uganda: Hugues Chantry becomes ambassador Kampala
Burundi: Michael Wimmer becomes ambassador Bujumbura
Benin: Sandrine Plato becomes ambassador Godonov
Senegal: Hélène de Bocque becomes ambassador Dhaka
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Roxanne de Bilderling becomes ambassador Kinshasa
Angola: Stephane Topagne becomes ambassador Luanda
Niger: Patrick Deboke becomes ambassador Niami
Kuwait: Christian Toomes becomes ambassador Kuwait City
Iran: Michael Malherbe becomes ambassador Tehran
Hong Kong: Wim Peters becomes Consul General Guangzhou
Taiwan: Mathieu Branders becomes director of the “Belgian office”. Taipei
Japan: Antoine Evrat becomes ambassador Tokyo
Jamaica: Ellen de Geest becomes ambassador Kingston
United States: Sophie Hotad sworn in as Consul General Los Angeles
Panama: Daniel Bertrand becomes ambassador Panama City
Brazil: Caroline Mouchard sworn in as Consul General Rio de Janeiro and Valentine Eat Consul General at Bye Paulo
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