László Szabó became ambassador of Hungary to the United States on Sept. 8, 2017, having previously served as deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of Teva Hungary Ltd. in Budapest from 2010 to 2014. Ambassador Szabó also had a long career with Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., serving as vice president of China human resources (2010); senior director of human resources, global medial, regulatory and patient safety (2008-10); general manager of Hungary (2003-07); director of human resources for Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East (2001-03); and country manager for New Zealand and the South Pacific (1999-2000), among other positions. Ambassador Szabó holds a doctor of medicine degree from the Debrecen Medical University in Hungary, where he also worked as a general physician from 1990 to 1993.
Daniel Mulhall became ambassador of Ireland to the United States on Sept. 8, 2017, having previously served as Ireland’s ambassador to the United Kingdom since 2013. Prior to that, he served as ambassador to Germany (2009-13); assistant secretary of the European Union Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-09); ambassador to Malaysia with concurrent accreditation to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam (2001-05); and consul general in Edinburgh, Scotland (1998-2001). In addition, he was counselor and first secretary of the Press Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-98); first secretary in the Economic Division (1989-90); and third secretary in the Political Division (1983). Other postings include first secretary to Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels (1990-94); first secretary at the Irish Embassy in Austria (1987-89); and third secretary at the Irish Embassy in India (1980-83). Ambassador Mulhall, who was born in Waterford on April 8, 1955, holds bachelor’s, HDE and master’s degrees from University College Cork.
Anatoly Antonov became ambassador of Russia to the United States on Sept. 8, 2017, with concurrent accreditation as head of the Russian Mission to the Organization of American States. He previously served as deputy foreign minister of Russia responsible for military and political security issues since 2016. Prior to that, Ambassador Antonov was deputy minister of defense (2011-16); director of the Department of Security and Disarmament and a member of the Russian Foreign Ministry Board (20014-11); and ambassador-at-large for the Russian Foreign Ministry (2002-04). Born in 1955, Ambassador Antonov holds a Ph.D. in political science and graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1978, when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is fluent in English and Burmese and has one daughter.
Anton Edmunds became ambassador of St. Lucia to the United States on Sept. 8, 2017, with concurrent accreditation as the permanent representative of St. Lucia to the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador Edmunds previously provided advisory services to governments, businesses and associations with interests in the Caribbean Basin region. As head of a boutique Caribbean and emerging markets consulting firm, his areas of focus included energy, competitiveness, maritime security, trade facilitation, financial services, business continuity/disaster responsiveness and tourism. Private-sector clients include CH2M Hill, UNIBANK (Haiti), Edelman, SuperClubs, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, Chevron, FedEx, Tropical Shipping, Seaboard Marine and Scotiabank. Regional governments and multilateral agencies include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Haiti, Caricom, the World Bank, OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank. U.S. government agencies he has worked with include the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy. In June 2014, Ambassador Edmunds was counsel/advisor for the successful U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, led by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. From 1998 to 2009, Ambassador Edmunds worked with Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA), an independent corporation that promotes private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean and Central America. While at CCAA, he was chief of party for a successful public-private sector program to protect over $1billion in trade with Haiti. Before joining CCAA, Ambassador Edmunds was a consultant for business clients with interests in the Caribbean and from 1995 to 1997, he was based in New York as a senior manager of business development for St. Lucia. Earlier in his career, he developed and managed global marketing and investment campaigns for eastern Caribbean governments and private sector clients with interests in this region. A blogger and regular commentator on Caribbean issues, Ambassador Edmunds has been featured in the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Payment Compliance Magazine, Near Shore Americas and a host of regional news publications. He was a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a contributor to the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor publication and the chair of the Caribbean Program at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and a master’s degree from American University. Ambassador Edmunds is married and is a father of one.
Karin Olofsdotter became ambassador of Sweden to the United States on Sept. 8, 2017, having previously served as the country’s director-general for trade policy. Prior to that, she was head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Sweden’s ambassador to Hungary; and head of the MFA’s Ministers Office. She has also served at the Swedish Embassy in Washington and Moscow, at the Swedish Permanent Mission to NATO, as well as the Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels.