The four diplomats were received by the Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
On Tuesday, 7 November, Marie-Catherine Caruso represented Raviera, Government Counselor and Minister of Foreign Relations and Cooperation, to receive four new ambassadors accredited to Monaco during a luncheon at the Hermitage Hotel:
- Jae Cheol Choi : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Korea. Jae-Cheol Choi holds a degree in French Language and Literature from Seoul National University and a diploma in Diplomatic Studies from the Institute of Advanced International and Development Studies in Geneva. Jae-Cheol Choi joined the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981. After holding various positions within the country at Korean embassies in France Kenya and then the Philippines. In 1999, he became Director of the Environmental Cooperation Division at the Office of International Economic Affairs, then Director-General of this same office in 2007. After that, he was appointed Korea’s Ambassador to Morocco and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Jose Augusto de Jesus Duarte : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Portugal. José Augusto de Jesús Duarte graduated in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon and began his career at the Directorate General of European Affairs of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. He was also Director of the Directorate General of European Affairs of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the Foreign Minister’s Office before being appointed in 2009 as Director for Sub-Saharan Africa in the General Directorate of Foreign Policy. After holding various positions within the Portuguese embassies in the United States, in Spain, and in the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union, he was appointed Ambassador of Portugal to Mozambique from 2013 to 2016. He became an advisor to the President of the Portuguese Republic. In 2016, he was appointed Ambassador to China from 2017 to 2022, then Ambassador of Portugal to France in 2022.
- Corinna Calugaru : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova. Corinna Calugaru, who holds a Master’s degree in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, began her career as a diplomat in 2004. In 2010, she became Counselor to the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations Office at Geneva and in 2012 Director of the Directorate for Global Affairs and Human Rights, before being appointed Ambassador to the Council of Europe in 2015. Since 2022, she has been Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to France, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Moldova to UNESCO and Personal. Representative of the President to the Permanent Council of Francophonie.
- François Nkulikiemvura : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Rwanda. François Nkulikiemvura, who holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Paris Rwanda and the African Development Bank. François Nkulikiyimvura is currently the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to France, Spain, Italy, Monaco and Portugal. He is also a Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, the Permanent Council of Francophonie, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, as well as the World Food Programme.
In the morning, the diplomats presented their credentials to Prince Albert II.