Gilles Tonelli, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, received four new ambassadors at a luncheon held at the Hermitage Hotel on Wednesday, June 27.
HE Mr Louis Sylvestre Radegonde, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Seychelles ; HE Mr. Favien Enongoue, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Gabonese Republic; HE Mr. Jean Galiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan and HE Dr. Jorge Ryder Torres-Pereira, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Portugal. Each had presented their formal letters of appointment to HSH the Sovereign Prince during the morning.
After a diplomatic career as High Commissioner of Seychelles in the United Kingdom and Malaysia, Ambassador in Belgium and Goodwill Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), HE Mr. Louis Sylvestre Radegonde joined the office of President and CEO of the Tourist Office in 2005. He became Managing Director of Eden-Island Development, Seychelles. the following year. In 2007, he joined DHL Clinical Trials Logistics where he held various positions before being appointed Project Manager of the company in London.
HE Mr. Favien Enongoue joined the Government of Gabon in 2006 as a chargé de mission to the Personal Representative of the President of the Republic in charge of International Relations. In 2009, he became Presidential Advisor in the Department of Legal Affairs, Administrative Affairs and Relations with Constitutional Institutions. In October 2011, he was promoted Special Advisor, Head of the Department of Culture, Arts, Tourism and Sports.
HE Jean Galiev joined the ministry of foreign affairs (MEA) in 1999 and joined the Kazakh Embassy in France in 2001, where he became Second Secretary. He re-joined the MEA in 2006 as Head of the Western Europe Sector of the Department of Europe and America. He was appointed Minister Counsellor in 2007 at the Embassy in Belgium and then in France where he was promoted to Ambassador in 2017.
Dr Jorge Ryder Torres-Pereira began his diplomatic career in 1987 as Deputy Secretary-General at the MFA. He was seconded to the Portuguese Embassy in London in 1990 and then to Tel Aviv in 1995 as Counsellor. He returned to the MFA in 1997, where he held the position of Director of External Policy and Common Security Services. Ambassador since 2010, he has represented his country in Bangkok, Beijing and Paris.