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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENT

 

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, HE Hendrik Jan Van Pesch; the High Commissioner of the Republic of India, HE Prabhat Prakash Shukla; the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, HE Krzysztof Szumski; the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic of Greece, HE Nicholas Zafiropoulos; and the High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho, HE Lefa Joseph Mokotjo; presented their Credentials to President S R Nathan in separate ceremonies at the Istana today.

 

Mr Hendrik Jan Van Pesch succeeds Mr Johan G Wilbrenninck. Mr Prabhat Prakash Shukla succeeds Mr Prem Singh. Mr Krzysztof Szumski succeeds Mr Ksawery Burski. Mr Nicholas Zafiropoulos succeeds Mr Panayotis Vlahostergios. Mr Lefa Joseph Mokotjo succeeds Prof Lebohang Kenneth Moleko.

 

The curricula vitae of Mr Hendrik Jan Van Pesch, Mr Prabhat Prakash

Shukla, Mr Krzysztof Szumski, Mr Nicholas Zafiropoulos and Mr Lefa Joseph Mokotjo are attached.

 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2 November 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENDRIK JAN VAN PESCH

AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO SINGAPORE

KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

 

BORN:

Bandung (Indonesia)

31 May 1942

 

 

 

 

AGE:

58

 

 

 

 

MARITAL

Married to Vivianne Sioufi

STATUS:

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION:

Political Sciences and Eastern Languages,

University of Paris

 

 

 

 

CAREER:

1970-73

Third Secretary, Cairo

 

1973-75

Second Secretary, Kinshasa

 

1975-77

Second Secretary, Ankara

 

1977-80

First Secretary � Chargé d�Affaires

 

1980-83

Commercial Counsellor, Beijing

 

1983-86

Consul General, Montreal

 

1986-90

Minister Plenipotentiary (Political Affairs), Brussels

 

1990-95

Consul General, Hong Kong

 

1995-96

Head of the Directorate for Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague

 

 

 

1996

to-date

Ambassador of The Netherlands to Morocco

 

 

 

 

June 2000

Ambassador-designate to Singapore

 

. . . . .

June 2000

 

 

PRABHAT PRAKASH SHUKLA

HIGH COMMISSIONER-DESIGNATE TO SINGAPORE

REPUBLIC OF INDIA

 

BORN:

29 March 1951

AGE:

49

MARITAL

STATUS:

Married

Has one daughter

EDUCATION:

Post Graduate (Economics)

 

 

CAREER:

Aug 1976 � Aug 1977

Third Secretary in Sofia

 

 

 

 

Sep 1977 � Jul 1980

Second Secretary in Moscow

 

 

 

 

Jul 1980 � Jan 1982

Under-secretary, Ministry of External Affairs

 

 

 

 

Jan 1982 � Oct 1984

First Secretary in Brussels

 

 

 

 

Nov 1984 to Jul 1985

First Secretary in Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

Oct 1985 � Aug 1989

First Secretary/Counsellor in Moscow

 

 

 

 

Aug 1989 � Apr 1992

Counsellor in London

 

 

 

 

May 1992 � Mar 1994

Counsellor/Minister/Charge d�Affaires

in Kiev

 

 

 

 

Mar 1994 � Jun 96

Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs

 

 

 

CAREER (cont�d)

Jun 1996 � Apr 2000

Acting Joint Secretary, Prime Minister�s Office

 

 

 

 

Apr 2000

High Commissioner-designate to Singapore

 

 

 

LANGUAGES KNOWN:

English, Hindi, Russian and French

 

 

 

 

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02 November 2000

 

 

 

KRZYSZTOF SZUMSKI

AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO SINGAPORE

REPUBLIC OF POLAND

 

BORN:

1944, Pilzno, Poland

 

 

 

 

AGE:

56

 

 

 

 

MARITAL

Married

STATUS:

Has three children

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION:

The Higher School of Economics and Statistics, Institute of Political Sciences, Paris

 

 

 

 

CAREER:

1966-67

Civil Servant, The Supreme Council of Student Association, Warsaw, Poland

 

 

 

 

1967-71

Lecturer, The Higher School of Economics and Statistics, Warsaw, Poland

 

 

 

 

1973-75

Adviser, Department of Studies & Programming, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

1975-79

First Secretary, Embassy of Poland in Paris

 

 

 

 

1979-82

Adviser to the Minister, Department of Studies & Programming, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

1982-87

Counsellor, Embassy of Poland in Paris

 

 

 

 

1987-88

Deputy Director in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

1988-91

Director, Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CAREER:

Nov 1991

Ambassador to the Philippines

(cont'd)

 

 

 

Feb 1993

Ambassador to Thailand

 

 

 

 

Jan 1997

Ambassador to Myanmar

 

 

 

 

Aug 1997-

Sep 1998

Director, Department for Africa, Asia, Australia & Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

Sep 1998-

Feb 2000

Director, Department for Asia, Australia & Latin America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

Mar 2000 to date

Ambassador to Indonesia

 

 

 

 

Aug 2000

Ambassador-designate to Singapore

 

 

. . . . .

 

August 2000

 

 

NICHOLAS ZAFIROPOULOS

AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO SINGAPORE

HELLENIC REPUBLIC OF GREECE

 

 

BORN: 1951 in Athens

 

AGE: 48

 

MARITAL Married

STATUS: Has two children

 

EDUCATION: Degree in Master of Science in Administrative

Sciences.

The City of University of London

 

CAREER:

1977 Attache, at the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs

1979 Promoted to Third Secretary

1980 At the Embassy of Greece, Mexico

1983 Promoted to Second Secretary

1985 Promoted to First Secretary

1986 At the Embassy of Greece, Washington

1990 Promoted to Second Counsellor

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Directorate of NATO, and from 1992 at the Foreign Minister�s Diplomatic Cabinet

1992 Promoted to First Counsellor

CAREER: 1993 At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

(Cont�d) Secretary�s General Office

1995 Consul General in Chicago

1998 Promoted to Minister Plenipotentiary

Mar 99 Ambassador-designate to Singapore

 

LANGUAGES: English, French and Spanish

 

 

March 1999

 

 

LEFA JOSEPH MOKOTJO

HIGH COMMISSIONER-DESIGNATE TO SINGAPORE

KINGDOM OF LESOTHO

BORN:

13 December 1954, Leribe � Lesotho

 

AGE:

44

 

MARITAL

STATUS:

Married Mabataung Justina Mokotjo

Has three children (two daughters and a son)

EDUCATION:

B.A. Economics, National University of Lesotho, Roma, Lesotho, 1977-1981

 

 

 

M.A. Economics, Washington State University, Washington State, USA, 1984-1986

 

 

CAREER:

1981-1987

Planning Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Marketing

 

 

 

 

1988-1992

Chief Marketing Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Marketing

 

 

 

 

1992-1993

Director of Food Management Unit (FMU) reporting directly to Head of Government

 

 

 

 

1993

Deputy Principal Secretary for Economic planning and Manpower Development

 

 

 

 

1993-1998

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry

 

 

 

 

Feb 1998-

to date

Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Employment and Labour

 

 

 

 

Sep 1999

Ambassador in Beijing

 

 

 

 

Sep 1999

Ambassador-designate to Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGES:

Sesotho and English (fluent, oral and written)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02 November 2000