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July 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Alumni News | Sangiampongsa Appointed Thailand’s Ambassador to Canada

His Excellency Maris Sangiampongsa, Thailand's Ambassador to Canada, portrait.

His Excellency Maris Sangiampongsa, Thailand’s Ambassador to Canada

Ohio University alum Maris Sangiampongsa ’84M is the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand to Canada, reports Canada’s Diplomat Magazine in a post headlined “New Arrivals – Summer 2018.”

Sangiampongsa earned a M.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. He joined Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 as an attaché and most recently served as ambassador to Nepal, Australia and New Zealand.

In 1989, he was posted to Brussels, where he was eventually promoted to first secretary. On his return to headquarters, he became first secretary in the ASEAN department, and then joined the office of the secretary to the minister. He later served in the department of economic affairs, where he was named counsellor. In 2004, he was seconded to the office of the secretary of the prime minister before being appointed minister at the embassy in Berlin in 2007.

After returning briefly in 2009, he had a succession of ambassadorial postings: Nepal (2009), Australia (2011) and New Zealand (2015).

Read more at Diplomat Magazine.

See photos and remarks from Ambassador Sangiampongsa’s presentation of his Letters of Credence to Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette.

Read his interview with Asia Media Center on his reflections of his three-year tenure as ambassador to New Zealand, headlined “More joint ventures needed between NZ and Thailand: Thai ambassador.”


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