The Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Oleh Shamshur, came to New Orleans as a guest of the World Trade Center Business Development Center. He spoke to the Tulane Community on November 29, 2007 hosted by the Energy Institute. He discussed the recent elections in the Ukraine and their impact on the Ukraine's domestic and foreign policy.
The Energy Institute's Executive Director, James McFarland, introduced the Ambassador, and then later hosted a dinner for him and his wife, Tetiana Izhevska, Ukraine's new ambassador to the Vatican.
The Honorable Oleh Shamshur became ambassador of Ukraine to the United States on Jan. 24, 2006. He has a long history of service to his country. He has served as deputy minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2004); head of the European Union Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; minister/counselor, Embassy of Ukraine to the Benelux Countries (1998-2003); deputy chairman, State Committee for Nationalities and Migration of Ukraine, member of the President's Commission on Citizenship (1996-98); and first secretary/counselor of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva (1993-96).
Ambassador Shamshur was also a visiting scholar at the University College in London (1993), and he held various posts at the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of Foreign Countries at the Academy of Sciences in Ukraine, including director of programs (1981-93).
Ambassador Shamshur graduated cum laude from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University's Department of International Relations and International Law, and he holds a doctorate from Kyiv University. He also completed a post-graduate course at the Academy of Sciences in Ukraine. Ambassador Shamshur speaks English, French and Russian and is married with one daughter.
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