October 19, 2017

Alastair Walton Appointed Australia’s Consul-General in New York

Alastair Walton, CG of Australia in New York


Effective August, 2017, Alastair J. M. Walton assumed the position of Consul-General of Australia to New York. Walton is a career investment banker whose professional background includes major executive responsibilities in prominent financial institutions, business associations and non-profit organizations on four continents. Most recently, he served as the Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner in Houston, Texas. Alastair holds degrees from Columbia University (MBA) and the Australian National University, where he was inducted into the Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame. Australia’s Consulate General in New York is a Member of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


October 18, 2017

CCAP Panel on Diplomatic Careers at Perry World House

(L to R); Sandeep Chakravorty – Consul General of India, Natalie Roche – Deputy Consul General of Australia , Bill Burke-White – Inaugural Director Perry World House, Alicia Kerber-Palma – Head Consul of Mexico and Alberto Hart – Consul General of Peru discuss diplomatic career paths for an audience of students and guests.


Perry World House’s Second Annual Global Career Week included a panel of CCAP Members – distinguished diplomats from India, Australia, Mexico and Peru. PWH’s Director Bill Burke-White moderated a discussion regarding the panelists’ career experiences and opportunities for an audience of colleagues, the Penn community and guests. Following a stimulating exchange and questions from the audience, PWH hosted a reception for all attendees.


October 17, 2017

Debt Restructuring Must Be Part of Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico

Philadelphia Inquirer Viewpoints

by G. Edward DeSeve & Nelson A. Diaz


October 11, 2017

HC Medveckis Sponsors Reception and Tour of Museum of the American Revolution

Michael C. Quinn, Museum President, addresses audience and responds to a comment by Martha M. Snider, Director, in the Washington’s Tent Exhibit Hall.


John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia, generously sponsored a delightful cocktail reception at the Museum of the American Revolution Museum. Michael C. Quinn, Museum President, welcomed CCAP Members, Museum Directors and guests who experienced the moving “Washington’s Tent” presentation and toured the stunning new exhibits.


October 9, 2017

Nordic Honorary Consuls Celebrate Leif Erikson Day

Erik Torp, HC of Norway; Kristina Mattila, HC of Finland; and Ulf Akerblom, HC of Sweden, gather to honor Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer thought to be the first European to set foot in continental North America.


October 6, 2017

Ciarán Madden Appointed Ireland’s Consul General in New York

CG Ciarán Madden


Effective August, 2017, Ciarán Madden was appointed Consul General of Ireland in New York. Born in County Cork, Madden joined his country’s Foreign Service in 1994 and has held a variety of important positions both in Dublin and abroad. Immediately prior to his New York posting, Ciarán was Director of Ireland’s relations with the Middle East and North Africa. He is married to Lane Fitzsimons and they have a daughter. The Consulate General of Ireland in New York is a Member of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


September 27, 2017

Consuls and Experts Consider Pacific Alliance from a Global Perspective

(L to R) Alberto Hart, Consul General of Peru; Jaime Acosta, Consul General of Colombia; Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile; and other panelists and audience members listen attentively to Alicia Kerber-Palma (at podium), Head Consul of Mexico, who opens the program with an overview of the “Pacific Alliance”.


The Pacific Alliance is a regional integration initiative founded in 2011 and including Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. In a conference organized by
the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, diplomats from the four member countries and experts in global issues commented on the history and current
condition of this important trade and political alliance. The forum was hosted by the Lauder Institute and the Latin American and Latino Studies
Program of the University of Pennsylvania, at Lauder Fischer Hall on the Penn campus. CCAP Members supported the event.


September 15, 2017

Mexico Celebrates Independence Day in Harrisburg

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack presents a Commonwealth citation to Alicia Kerber-Palma, Head Consul of Mexico and recently-elected Vice President of the CCAP Executive Committee.


Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes co-hosted a vibrant Mexico Independence Day celebration in the Capitol Rotunda, another example of CCAP’s National Day in Harrisburg program. Other speakers included Alicia Kerber-Palma, Head Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia; Kate Skopp, Director of Global Partnerships and Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development; and Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay and President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


The agenda also included playing of the Mexican National Anthem, display of the country’s flag and presentation of a Commonwealth citation by Lieutenant Governor Stack to Head Consul Kerber-Palma. These formalities were then complemented by lively Mariachi musicians, delicious Mexican food and socializing among State officials and community members – all organized by the Mexican Cultural Center.


September 15, 2017


News Article in Al Dia, by Edwin Lopez Moya:

Philadelphia’s Nicaraguan Community Celebrates its Independence


September 14, 2017

CCAP Supports Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP)

Ralf Wiedemann, Honorary Consul of Germany, presents CCAP check to Mark McGuigan, Executive Director of ARSP’s U.S. Headquarters in Philadelphia, as part of a ceremony to welcome a new group of volunteers from Germany.


Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) was founded in Germany to seek reconciliation with the Jewish community following the Holocaust. ARSP’s U.S. headquarters is based in Philadelphia where, each year, approximately 25 young Germans receive orientation for one-year terms of volunteer service in nonprofit, social service organizations serving Jewish communities throughout the country. ARSP also sponsors a reciprocal program which places American volunteers for one year of similar service in Germany.


Under CCAP’s International Initiative Support Program which provides financial assistance to worthy international organizations in Philadelphia, CCAP’s contribution to ARSP will help to fund local programming. Ralf Wiedemann, Honorary Consul of Germany, is a Board Member of ARSP in Philadelphia.


September 13, 2017

CCAP Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception

With a breathtaking backdrop of Philadelphia’s skyline, Peter Longstreth (R), Honorary Consul of Uruguay and CCAP President, introduces speaker Clare Weston, Comcast SVP, to Harold Epps, City Commerce Director (L) and an audience of Members, Associate Members, Legacy Members and guests.


The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted its Third Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception of 2017 at Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Membership participation was outstanding and a special welcome was expressed to Pier Forlano, the newly appointed Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia. Association business included the election of Alicia Kerber-Palma, Head Consul of Mexico, as Vice President of CCAP’s Executive Committee, a review of Membership growth – particularly in the Associate Member category, the busy calendar of upcoming events, the financial review and other activities.


The Members Meeting was followed by a Cocktail Reception in Comcast’s spectacular 45th floor conference space, with Associate Members, Legacy Members and guests also in attendance. Clare Weston, Comcast Senior Vice President, provided insightful comments regarding the company’s global footprint and plans for international expansion.    


August 23, 2017

Forlano Appointed Italy’s CG in Philadelphia

Pier Forlano, Consul General of Italy


Effective August 14, 2017, Pier Attinio Forlano was appointed Italy’s Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia. An experienced diplomat whose 30 years of foreign service includes Embassy positions in Bulgaria, Malta, South Africa and Australia, Consul General Forlano has also been responsible for important duties in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


He was born in Ferrara and graduated from the Facolta Cesare Alfieri in Florence, as well as several highly specialized training courses. CG Forlano has been decorated with the recognition of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Knight of the Order of Merit of Malta. He is married with two children and resides in Center City Philadelphia.   


August 21, 2017

PHL, CCAP Members Brainstorm Strategies for Direct Flights to Latin America

(L to R) Joseph F. Messina, PHL Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs; Eli Gabay, Honorary Consul of Nicaragua; Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile; Rocio Vazquez, Deputy Consul of Mexico; Sade A. Olanipekun-Lewis, PHL Chief Administrative Officer; Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay; Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General of Panama; Benjamin Ramos, Commonwealth’s Regional Director; PHL leadership and Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez (right) receive presentation by airport staff and advisors.


Chellie Cameron, CEO Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), hosted a working luncheon with a select group of CCAP Members, City and Commonwealth Officials and PHL staff to explore Air Service Development to strategic cities in Latin America. An overview of current market demographics highlighted the potential traffic to Mexico, Central and South America and analyzed Philadelphia’s competitive profile in servicing these regions. CCAP representatives from Mexico, Panama, Chile, Nicaragua and Uruguay provided valuable input to the discussion and look forward to assisting in expanding PHL’s global footprint in their respective countries.


August 17, 2017

CCAP Supports Mayor’s Unity Cup Soccer Tournament for 2017


During the Fall of 2016, Mayor Jim Kenney inaugurated with great success the Philadelphia International Unity Cup (, a neighborhood-based, city-wide soccer tournament. Modeled after the FIFA World Cup, each team represented a particular country – utilizing the universal language of sport to bring people together and to showcase Philadelphia’s rich cultural diversity.


In 2017, the field has been expanded to include 46 teams which will compete throughout the city between September 8 and the final game on November 11 at Citizens Financial Field. Given the participation of 15 Member country teams and the international spirit of this program, CCAP has provided financial support to the Unity Cup during both 2016 and 2017.


August 16, 2017

Ambassador Chakravorty Assumes India’s Consulate General in New York

Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty


Effective August 3, Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty assumed charge as Consul General of India in New York, replacing our friend and CCAP colleague Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das.


Consul General Chakravorty has served in his country’s Foreign Service since 1996, including postings in Madrid, Bogota, Dhaka and Lima. He has also worked on several desks within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Delhi. Most recently he was India’s High Commissioner in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia with residence in Lima.


Consul General Chakravorty holds multiple degrees from Delhi University, Geneva University and the Indian Institute of Forest Management. He is married with twin daughters and is fluent in Hindi, Bangla, English and Spanish.


August 15, 2017

India Day Celebration Fills the Capitol Rotunda

Robert Torres, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth addresses an overflow audience and other speakers –  Michael P. O’Rourke, Marketing Executive of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Peter Longstreth, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia; Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack; and Deep Gupta, local community leader.


Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack presided over a robust turn-out of local community members to celebrate India’s Independence Day in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. A large, enthusiastic crowd enjoyed remarks by State and local dignitaries, national anthems and cultural entertainment. India Day was latest example of CCAP’s National Day in Harrisburg program, which is administered by Lieutenant Governor Stack’s office.    


August 15, 2017

Mexico’s Head Consul Kerber-Palma Hosts Business Round Table


Alicia Kerber-Palma, Mexico’s Head Consul in Philadelphia, hosted a Round Table discussion between a select group of local business leaders and Ambassador Carlos Manuel Sada Solano, Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America, at the Consulate in Center City Philadelphia. Following overview comments by Undersecretary Sada, an active dialogue covered many of the central issues facing Mexico and the United States.


(L to R) – Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport (foreground); Alicia Kerber-Palma, Head Consul of Mexico; Ambassador Carlos Sada Solano, Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America; Benjamin Ramos, Regional Director, Governor’s Action Team; Gonzalo del Peon, President, AMResorts.



August 3, 2017

Scotland’s Representative, Joni Smith, Joins CCAP

Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to North to North America at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., has recently joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, replacing our former colleague, Donnie Jack.  With 12 years of Civil Service, Joni has played a variety of roles across the Scottish Government – the majority of which included responsibilities for the Scottish Cabinet. Most recently, she worked directly for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – as Head of her Questions Briefing Team and as a Senior Policy Advisor.  Her earlier government communications duties were preceded by experience as a broadcast journalist.  Joni is a native of Arbroath with degrees from the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University.


July 28, 2017

CG Hart Leads Peruvian Celebration in Paterson, New Jersey


The Consulate General of Peru in Paterson, New Jersey hosted a schedule of activities to celebrate the 196 Anniversary of Peru’s Declaration of National Independence. A Thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was followed by a Reception at the Paterson Museum. Alberto Hart, Consul General of Peru in Paterson, provided comments regarding this historic event and led singing of both the American and Peruvian National Anthems. A robust turnout included government officials, community members and cultural groups in a festive event enjoyed by all.

CG Hart (Center, red tie) leads government officials, staff, community members and cultural groups in singing the Peruvian National Anthem.


July 27, 2017

CCAP Supports TTCSP Summer Intern Program


The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) (, Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania conducted its annual, 10-week Summer Intern program for 2017. Directed by James G. McGann, Ph.D., the program engaged approximately 45 competitively selected interns from a wide range of backgrounds, universities and countries in a series of research projects focused on the world’s major policy issues. CCAP’s relationship dates back several years and included addressing and advising the program’s participants.

Program Director McGann and friend (seated in center), surrounded by TTSCP 2017 Summer Interns


July 26, 2017

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception


For the seventh consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international chambers of commerce joined forces to host an international networking reception to celebrate the city’s status as a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade. Located at the National Museum of American Jewish History, hundreds of guests enjoyed each other’s company and comments by Guest Speaker David Oh, Philadelphia City Councilman and Member of Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities. Numerous CCAP Members were in attendance.

Oliver Franklin, Honorary Consul of UK (right), joins Guest Speaker David Oh, Philadelphia City Councilman


July 26, 2017

Minister & Head of Consular Section at Argentine Embassy Joins CCAP

Alicia Irene Falkowski, Minister and Head of the Consular Section at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Washington, D.C., has joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. In her current position Minister Falkowski is responsible for Argentina’s consular services in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Minister Falkowski is an experienced diplomat whose three decade-long career has included Commercial Counselor postings in Paraguay, Poland, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea. Prior to joining the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C., she directed Bilateral Economic Negotiations with the U.S. and Canada at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Born in Buenos Aires, Minister Falkowski majored in political science at the Universidad Catolica Argentina and completed the Sejong-Syracuse Master in Business Administration (SSMBA) in 2012, during her tenure as DCM of the Argentine Embassy in Seoul. She is married to a fellow Argentine diplomat and has three children with whom she shares her love for horseback riding and figure skating. She also speaks fluent English, Spanish and Polish.     


July 24, 2017

PHL Hosts Japan Airlines Delegation


Following discussions regarding the establishment of direct flights between Philadelphia and Japan, Chellie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), hosted a Japan Airlines business delegation led by Akira Kimura, Senior Vice President for the Americas, to a cocktail reception at the Logan Philadelphia followed by a Center City Bus Tour and Dinner at R2L2 Restaurant in Two Liberty Place.


Harold Epps, City Commerce Director, headed Philadelphia’s Reception Committee which also included airport staff and local economic stakeholders. Dennis J. Morikawa, Honorary Consul of Japan, provided dinner comments regarding the importance of nonstop service to Japan in strengthening ties with Philadelphia. PHL is an Associate Member of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.

Chellie Cameron, CEO of PHL, and Akira Kimura, SVP of JAL, lead a “Rocky Cheer” at the Art Museum steps.


Dennis Morikawa, Honorary Consul of Japan in Philadelphia, addresses dinner audience.


July 21, 2017

CCAP Members Meet with Local FBI Representatives


In a session organized by Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile, local representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation met with a group of CCAP Members to discuss FBI programs and activities. Members of the Diplomatic Security Team, including officials from the U.S. State Department and the Philadelphia Police Department, also participated in the meeting which explored interagency cooperation with CCAP Members. Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France hosted the gathering in the offices of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.


July 18, 2017

CCAP Supports AJC Commemorative Event


An AJC program commemorating the 23rd Anniversary of the AMIA (Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina) bombing in Buenos Aires was held at the offices of Cozen O’Connor in Center City Philadelphia. AJC officials and Special Guests –  Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, and Alicia Falkowski, Minister and Head of Consular Section at the Argentine Embassy in the Washington, D.C. – remembered the victims of this terrorist violence and commented on the unsolved status of this heinous crime. CCAP Members attended and participated in the ceremony.

(L to R) Morris Gocial, AJC President; Alicia Falkowski, Argentine Minister; Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico; Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay; Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel.


July 14, 2017

HC Scullin Celebrates Bastille Day in Harrisburg


Accompanied by a delegation of French visitors, Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France, celebrated Bastille Day in Pennsylvania’s Capitol Rotunda as part of CCAP’s National Day in Harrisburg program. Discussions with state officials  recognized this milestone date in French history and reviewed important economic ties between France and Pennsylvania.  


(L to R): Mathew Franchak, Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Michal Stack; Hon. Pedro Cortes, Secretary of the Commonwealth; Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France; Kodou Diouf , Consular Representative of France; Aurelie Crocq, Member of French Delegation; and Robert Torres, Executive Deputy Secretary of Commonwealth.  


July 11, 2017

Bellini Grill Hosts Cultural Cuisine


Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and creativity of our colleague Jimmy Daku, and his wife, Zhuljeta, a mix of CCAP Members, Associate Members and Legacy Members enjoyed a delightful evening of delicious Albanian food, elegant entertainment and relaxed socializing at the Bellini Grill in Center City Philadelphia. CCAP’s Cultural Cuisine Program showcases food and culture of our many Member countries.


July 10, 2017

Dilworth Partner Jacovini Awarded Commander of the Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic

In a ceremony presided by Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, the Government of Italy honored Dilworth partner Joseph H. Jacovini as a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. This prestigious honor is Italy’s highest order of knighthood and was awarded to Jacovini in recognition of his philanthropic and humanitarian service to the nation of his heritage. Dilworth Paxson, LLP, is an Associate Member of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


July 3, 2017

Representative Van der Hooff-Mertens Meets with Flanders Minister President

Daisy Van der Hoof-Mertens, Pennsylvania Representative of Flemish in the World, and Flanders’ Minister President Geert Bourgeois


June 21, 2017

HCG Bard Creates AJC Award


AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ honored AJC leaders Tammy and Bart Hertzbach with the 2017 Human Relations Award at the Annual Meeting at the Down Town Club. The award itself was an artistic creation by Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of Lithuania. Various other CCAP Members attended.

(L to R) Fred Strober, AJC Chairman; Morris Gocial, AJC Philadelphia President; Burt Seigel, Event Co-Chair; Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of Lithuania with the award; Tammy and Bart Hertzbach, Honorees; Elijah Dornstreich, event Co-Chair and AJC Board Vice President.


June 15, 2017

CDI Hosts Successful Citizens Soiree: A Dinner for Diplomacy


Citizens Diplomacy International (CDI) and its President Siobhan Lyons hosted “Citizens Soiree: A Dinner for Diplomacy”, highlighted by the presentation its Citizen Diplomats of the Year Award to Tom and Kathy Jennings for their longtime commitment to CDI. A large turnout of our region’s most globally-minded leaders enjoyed cocktails, a buffet dinner and an extraordinary networking opportunity at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Several CCAP Members, including Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York, and Associate Members were in attendance.


Siobhan Lyons, CDI President and CCAP Associate Member, is joined by Ludo Scheffer (L), Board Chairman of International House, and Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay and CCAP President.


June 5, 2017

CCAP Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception


Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted its Second Quarterly Members Meeting of 2017 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation conference center in Philadelphia. Membership participation was outstanding, highlighted by the first attendance by new Members Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in New York, and Alberto Hart, Consul General of Peru in Paterson, New Jersey.


Association business included approval of the Minutes from the March 21, 2017 Meeting, a review of Membership growth – particularly in the Associate Membership category, the calendar of upcoming events, the financial review and other activities. On behalf of all CCAP Members, John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia, presented a Resolution of recognition and appreciation to Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia and recently appointed Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, for his loyal service to CCAP.


The Members Meeting was followed by a Cocktail Reception, with Legacy Members, Associate Members and guests also in attendance. Event Sponsors included Brandywine Realty Trust, Cozen O’Connor, Delaware River Stevedores, Holt Logistics and Talson Solutions. Host sponsor was the Chemical Heritage Foundation whose President, Dr. Robert Anderson, provided welcoming remarks. Congressman Patrick L. Meehan (R-PA7) then provided thoughtful comments on many of the critical issues facing the United States and the world.


CCAP’s Third Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception will occur in September, with date, location and speaker to be announced.


During the CCAP Members Meeting, John Medveckis, HC of Latvia (standing) presents a CCAP Resolution of appreciation to Andrea Canepari (seated to his right) who has been promoted to Italy’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.


Congressman Patrick L. Meehan, R-PA7 (Center) addresses Cocktail Reception audience, Robert Anderson (left), President of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Peter Longstreth, CCAP President.


June 4-5, 2017

HC Leavenworth Attends AJC Global Forum

Opening plenary session of AJC Global Forum with over 3,000 attendees.


In his dual role as representative of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia (CCAP) and as a special guest of the American Jewish Committee, Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile, attended the AJC Global Forum at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. This annual event attracts diplomats, officials and business leaders from around the world to a program which reviews global trends and debates current issues.


June 3, 2017

HC Montanaro Hosts Former Austrian President Fischer

(L to R) – Hon. George Heindl, Hon. Gregory Montanaro, Mrs. Margit Fischer, Dr. Heinz Fischer and Park Ranger visit Philadelphia’s most sacred symbol.


Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of Austria (2004 – 2016) and his wife, Margit, were guests of Gregory Montanaro, Honorary Consul of Austria, and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation in a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia’s
historic and cultural sites.

Dietrich Botstiber emigrated to the United States in 1938 and later established the foundation to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between Austria and the United States through a series of humanitarian and scholars programs.

The former President’s visit culminated with an elegant dinner at the Union League of Philadelphia where he and his wife were joined by Hon. Gregory Montanaro, Terrence A. Kline – Administrator of the foundation, Hon. George Heindl – Consul General of Austria in New York, Hon. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, Hon. Harry Schaub – former Honorary Consul of Austria,
Hon. Peter S. Longstreth – Honorary Consul of Uruguay and other distinguished guests.


The Union League of Philadelphia flies the Austrian national flag in honor of the former president’s visit.


May 29, 2017

CG Canepari Promoted to Italy’s Ambassador to Caribbean

Italy’s man in Philly promoted to Caribbean – Philadelphia Inquirer


May 19, 2017

AJC Previews Lithuanian Holocaust Memorial Project


The American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia and Southern NJ (AJC) hosted a luncheon at the offices of Saul Ewing in Center City Philadelphia which provided a preview of a Holocaust Memorial planned for the city of Kaunas, Lithuania.


Special guests included Rolandus Krisciunas, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States; Ray Batkus, the Memorial’s artist; and Jonas Audejaitis, member of Kaunus’ City Council.


Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, played a central role in organizing this exciting event, introduced Ambassador Kisciunas and assisted in describing the project.


(L to R) Ambassador Krisciunas remarks on the importance of the Memorial project to HCG Bard,  Kaunus Councilman Audejaitis, artist Bartkus and other AJC guests.


May 16, 2017

Community Celebrates Guatemala Day at City Hall


Philadelphia’s Guatemalan community gathered at City Hall to celebrate recognition of Guatemala Day. Pablo Garcia Saenz, Consul General  of Guatemala in New York, presided over a flag raising ceremony and received an official welcome and proclamation (Proclamation) from Sheila Hess, City Representative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration. Service awards were also presented to leaders of local Guatemalan organizations.


Consul General Garcia Saenz noted the importance of a growing Guatemalan population in the region and the possible need for a more substantive consular presence in Philadelphia. His visit also included meetings with various City officials and community groups.


City Representative Hess and CG Garcia Saenz


May 9, 2017

CG Dayan and Israeli Delegation Visit Harrisburg


Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, and a delegation of colleagues spent a productive day in Harrisburg, addressing the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the State Senate, as well as meeting privately with Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor Stack.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack presents Ambassador Dayan with a Proclamation honoring the State of Israel


Ambassador Dayan addresses the Pennsylvania House of Representatives


May 1, 2017

Mexican Flag Raising Ceremony Opens Mexican Week

(L to R) City Council Members Mark Squilla and Maria Quiñones Sanchez join in the fun with Consul Kerber and Mayor Kenney (with sombrero), surrounded by dancers and musicians

Mexico’s rich cultural diversity was celebrated throughout the week of May 1 – 6 in a series of colorful celebrations. The opening event was a flag raising ceremony and reception at Philadelphia’s City Hall, attended by City officials, diplomatic representatives and members of the community. Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphi, Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico and Rafael Utrera, President of the Mexican Cultural Center, provided comments prior to the actual flag raising and folkloric dancing accompanied by mariachi music.


April 26, 2017

CCAP Thanks LG Stack for National Day in Harrisburg Program

LG Stack (Center) surrounded by appreciative CCAP Members

The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted a well-attended reception at the Union League of Philadelphia to express its appreciation to Lieutenant Governor Stack for his central role in the development of a program to celebrate Member country independence or national days in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Harrisburg.


April 25, 2017

HC Scullin Introduces French Ambassador Araud to Philadelphia

Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France, arranged a busy schedule for H.E. Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, during the diplomat’s recent visit to Philadelphia. An event hosted by Perry World House and a luncheon at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College introduced Ambassador Araud to local business, academic and cultural leaders.

During luncheon at The Restaurant School, Ambassador Araud is flanked (L to R) by Daniel Liberatoscioli, President of Walnut Hill College; Chef Georges Perrier, Master in Residence; Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France; and Chef Gary Trevisani, Walnut Hill College.


April 25, 2017

CCAP Supports Pan American Day Luncheon

CCAP attendees (L to R): Alberto Hart, Consul General Peru; Ralf Wiedemann, HC Germany; George Sfedu, HC Romania; Ulf Akerblom, HC Sweden; Christine Pfister, HC Switzerland; Ana Maria Keene, HC El Salvador; Peter Longstreth, HC Uruguay; Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico; Oliver Franklin, HC UK; Eli Gabay, HC Nicaragua

CCAP Members attended the Pan American Association of Philadelphia’s Pan American Day Luncheon at the Union League of Philadelphia. The annual event was presided over by PAAP Chairman Abelardo Lechter and President Romulo Diaz. Keynote Speaker Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, provided an overview of U.S.-Latin American relations and opined on Trump administration-driven scenarios. Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, directed the local college scholarship awards ceremony.  


April 20, 2017

Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates 20 Year Relationship with Lyon, France

(L to R) – Deborah R. Gross, Esq., Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia; Laurence Junod-Fanget, Batonniere of Lyon’s Barreau (Bar Association); and Michael E. Scullin, HC of France

The International Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association hosted a several day celebration of its 20-year “twinning” relationship and exchange program with its counterpart in Lyon, France. The schedule of events was kicked off with a Welcome Reception in City Hall where Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France and founder of the Philadelphia-Lyon partnership, provided background and introductions of Mayor Jim Kenney and the two bar association chancellors.


April 18, 2017

Pyramid Club Hosts “An Evening in Mexico”

Consul Kerber addresses the Pyramid Club audience


With support from the World Trade Center, Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, Mexican Cultural Center and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, the Pyramid Club hosted an “Evening in Mexico” with delicious food, vibrant music and insightful comments for an audience representing all five memberships.


Linda Conlin, President of WTC’s Philadelphia office, presided over a brief agenda which included an overview of Mexican-U.S. relations by Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, and an introduction to Mexico’s tourist treasures by Ivan Martinez-Vega, Northeast Director of the Mexico Tourism Board. Most importantly, the group enjoyed a fun, dynamic social and cultural experience.


April 14, 2017

CCAP Participates in Liberian Business Forum

Charles Gray, Honorary Consul of Tanzania, represented CCAP at the Liberian Business Forum, an event hosted by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and State Senator Sharif Street at the offices of Greenberg Traurig in Center City Philadelphia. The special guest was H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, who was accompanied by a delegation of dignitaries from his country. Following introductory statements by individual participants, the group discussed ways to develop stronger trade and investment ties between Philadelphia and Liberia.


April 11, 2017

Panama VP Visits Alma Mater St. Joe’s

Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General of Panama (Right), welcomes Her Excellency Isabel Saint Malo, Vice President of the Republic of Panama, during the dignitary’s official visit to Saint Joseph’s University, her alma mater


April 9, 2017

Poland Transfers WYD Cross to Panama

During Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday ceremony, the World Youth Day cross was transferred from the organizers of the last international celebration in Krakow, Poland to those planning the next WYD meeting in Panama in 2019. The World Youth Day celebration was established by Pope John Paul II in the mid-1980s and is hosted every two or three years in a different city. Panama expects 350,000 pilgrims, 800 bishops and 200 cardinals on January 22 – 29, 2019. See this remarkable video provided by Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General of Panama. Thank you, Georgia!


April 7, 2017

HCG Bard Leads PA Delegation to Lithuania

(L to R) David Briel, PA Director of International Business Development; Dennis Davin, PA Secretary of Community Development; Lithuanian Honorary Consul General Krista Bard; and Lithuanian Minister of Economy Mindaugas Sinkevicius met in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss how to facilitate and increase business exchanges between the two countries


April 4, 2017

HC Medveckis Sponsors HSP Reception and Tour

John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia, sponsored a reception and tour of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, hosted by interim President Charles Cullen. CCAP Members mingled with HSP Trustees and toured the Society’s incredible collection of historic documents.

(L to R) HC Medveckis and HSP Interim President Cullen welcome Members, Trustees and guests


March 30, 2017

CCAP Supports AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition

(L to R) – Abelardo Lechter, Chairman of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia; Maria del Rocio Vazquez Alvarez, Consulate of Mexico; Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay; Shimon Mercer-Wood (speaker), Consul for  Media Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York; Marcia Bronstein, Regional Director, AJC; Sally Cooper Bleznak, Co-Chair of AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition; Michael Alexander, Director of Regional Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York


March 25, 2017

HCG Bard Presents Work of Art to Archbishop Caput

Archbishop Chaput and Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of Lithuania and artist

On Saturday, March 25, at the completion of the annual Multicultural Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Archbishop Chaput was presented a work of art made by Honorary Consul General of Lithuania Krista Butvydas Bard, entitled “The Names of God” which included translations in over 100 languages.


March 21, 2017

CCAP Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception

The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted its First Quarterly Members Meeting of 2017 on March 21 at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. Membership participation was outstanding, distinguished by six attendees from New York and Washington, D.C.

Association business included approval of the Minutes from the December 8, 2016 Meeting and a review of membership grownth, the calendar of upcoming events, the financial summary and other activities. On behalf of all CCAP Members, Ralf Wiedemann, Honorary Consul of Germany, presented a Resolution of recognition and appreciation to E.Harris Baum for his ten years of loyal service as Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Korea and as an active Member of CCAP.

The Members Meeting was followed by a Cocktail Reception, with Associate Members and guests in attendance. Sponsors included Customers Bank, Parkway Corporation and Fineman, Krekstein & Harris P.C. Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee(AJC) addressed the group with stimulating comments, titled “Safeguarding Europe for All Peoples – The Role of Government and Multilateral Initiatives”. CCAP’s Second Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception will occur in June with date, location and speaker to be announced.

CCAP Members Meeting in session


CCAP President Longstreth (Right) introduces speaker Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs


HC Wiedemann (Standing Left) presents CCAP Resolution to retiring Honorary Consul General Baum, while Members applaud


March 20, 2017

New CCAP Member – General Delegate of Flanders to U.S.

Geert De Proost, General Delegate of the Government of Flanders to the United States, has become CCAP’s newest Member. With offices in Flanders House, New York, General Delegate De Proost will work closely with Daisy Van den Hooff-Mertens, Representative of Flemings in the World for the Philadelphia region and an established CCAP Member.

General Delegate De Proost is an experienced diplomat who started his career at the Belgian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Nations Department. He holds a Masters of Law at the KU Leuven and a Certificate of International and European Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities in 2014, Geert was Representative to the United Kingdom and to the European Union with offices in London.


March 17, 2017

CCAP Supports Citizen Diplomacy International’s Fulbright Foreign Scholars Program

Peter Longstreth, HC of Uruguay (L), joins David Zuro, owner of Tequila’s Restaurant, with Fulbright Foreign Scholars German Butto, Uruguayan Doctorate candidate in Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, and Angelos Tsaousis (R), visiting researcher from Greece at the San Francisco Film Society, following a delicious Center City dinner


March 15, 2017

Sri Lanka Appoints First Honorary Consul in Pennsylvania

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam today handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state.

The Ambassador observed that at a time when Sri Lanka is expanding its bilateral partnership with the United States, the long years of experience, professional calibre and commitment of the newly appointed Honorary Consul will serve to strengthen Sri Lanka’s representation in the United States. Honorary Consul Sherman expressed his desire to foster business and cultural contacts with Sri Lanka and to promote greater awareness of the many splendours of Sri Lanka in his state.

A well-respected lawyer and an owner and founding member of the law firm Solomon, Sherman and Gabay, David Bruce Sherman has been selected consecutively as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania. During his illustrious career, he has developed a vast network of relationships with the legal, business and medical communities of the greater Philadelphia area.

Honorary Consul David Sherman is expected to play an important role in enhancing commercial, cultural and people to people ties between Pennsylvania and Sri Lanka, and in promoting Sri Lanka as an attractive travel destination to fellow Pennsylvanians.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington D.C.


February 23, 2017

Lithuania Promotes Bard to Honorary Consul General in Washington, D.C. Ceremony

In a ceremony at the Lithuanian Embassy, Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, presents Krista Butvydas Bard with a consular license to operate as Honorary Consul General


February 13, 2017

CCAP Meets with Diplomatic Security Team

CCAP Members participated in an interactive, informative meeting with representatives of Philadelphia’s Diplomatic Security Team. Michael Davies, Resident Agent in Charge, and Brendan Hobson, Special Agent, described the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Services. Captain Michael Root, Lieutenant James Dambach and Police Officer Brian Leventhal provided detailed comments on the Philadelphia Police Department’s complimentary capabilities. Most importantly, the group established personal connections which will serve CCAP well in the future.


February 13, 2017

People’s Republic of China CG in New York Joins CCAP

CCAP President Peter Longstreth joins Ambassador Zhang Qiyue at a Chinese New Year Reception hosted by the Chinese Consulate General of New York at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia

Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, has joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.

Ambassador Zhang Qiyue is a graduate of the Beijing Foreign Studies University and started her diplomatic career in 1982. She served as her country’s Ambassador to Belgium and Indonesia. She also held important positions at the United Nations and the Chinese Foreign Ministry before assuming her current duties in December, 2014.

Since the New York Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China has responsibility for Pennsylvania, membership in CCAP will enhance communications, contacts and overall effectiveness in this region.


February 12 ,2017

HC Pfister and CDI Host Swiss Think Tank

HC Pfister (5th from Left) is surrounded by Swiss visitors and CDI staff at her Pentimenti Gallery in Old City

Christine Pfister, Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Philadelphia, partnered with Citizen Diplomacy International to host a breakfast and discussion with a delegation from the Switzerland Foreign Policy Think Tank. The event was presented by CDI’s International Leadership Program.


February 1, 2017

HC Medveckis Sponsors Baltic program at WAC

The World Affairs Council’s speaker series event titled “Thinking the Unthinkable, 2017: War in the Balkins?” included stimulating, insightful comments by Michael Johnson, Defense Research Analyst at the Rand Corporation, and Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the United States.

The WAC program was sponsored by John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia in Philadelphia, who also hosted a private dinner which introduced Ambassador Teikmanis and his wife to representatives of Philadelphia’s cultural, educational, medical and diplomatic communities.


Speaker Michael Johnson, Defense Research Analyst of the Rand Corporation, and Craig Snyder, President of the World Affairs Council, field questions from a capacity audience


Ambassador Teikmans provides a high level Latvian perspective to an attentive audience, including front row spectators HC Medeckis, Craig Snyder, Ambassador’s wife, and Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Worldwide Columnist


January 19, 2017

Mathula Nkosi, Consul General of South Africa – New CCAP Member


Mathula Nkosi, Consul General of South Africa in New York, has recently joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. CG Nkoli’s distinguished career has combined experience in both the private and public sectors.

As a marketing and communications specialist, she held executive positions in banking and information technology corporations. She also served the South African government in both domestic and international spheres. Her diplomatic postings include several years as Consul General in Munich, Germany before assuming her current responsibilities in New York.

The South African Consulate General in New York expects to leverage its existing summer citrus trade through the Port of Philadelphia and its CCAP Membership into an expanded local market presence.


January 17, 2017

CCAP Supports SDP Community Forum

Consul Kerber is joined by CCAP colleagues (L to R) Vitaliano Gallardo, CG of Peru; Peter Sok, HC of Cambodia; and Peter Longstreth, HC of Uruguay


The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) hosted a Community Forum to address concerns related to immigration, equal opportunity and public safety. A Welcome Address by Superintendent William R. Hite was followed by several panels and an active interchange with members of the large audience. Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, was a panelist who offered her Consulate’s services to all segments of the community and provided an inspiring video on Mexico’s remarkable resources. Other CCAP Members attended and were recognized by the SDP.


January 6, 2017

Cambodian Delegations Visit Philadelphia

Cambodian travelers are welcomed by community members and HC Sok (second row, far left) at a Buddhist temple in Philadelphia


During October, 2016 and January, 2017, two Cambodian delegations traveled to Philadelphia for meetings regarding trade and investment opportunities, organized by Peter Savoeun Sok, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Philadelphia.

Composed of businessmen and government officials, the visitors met with community leaders and representatives from the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Center and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


January 5, 2017

Uruguayan Artist Exhibits at Center City Gallery

Ana Vizcarra Rankin, artist, is surrounded by Peter Longstreth (Left), Honorary Consul of Uruguay in Philadelphia, James Oliver, gallery owner, and one of her works


Ana Vizcarra Rankin, an Uruguayan artist based in Philadelphia, introduced her latest paintings in an exhibit titled “Sky Skin” to an opening reception at the James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts(PAFA) and Temple University, Vizcarra Rankin has studied in Europe and taught at PAFA. She commented on the historic connection between art, science and magic and its inspiration to her work.


December 7, 2016

CCAP Represented at Drexel’s 125th Birthday

(R to L) HC Montanaro joins CCAP President Longstreth and Drexel colleague Dimitrios Boufidis


Drexel University celebrated its 125th Anniversary in a ceremony highlighted with comments and reflections by Mayor James F. Kenney, President John Fry and Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Gregory Montanaro, Honorary Consul of Austria and Chief-of-Staff to President Fry, was instrumental in organizing the milestone event.


December 3, 2016

HC Majka Promotes Poland at NCSS in DC

In the Polish booth, Debbie joins Ray Glembocki, Co-Chair of the ACPC/NCSS Committee, in displaying the biography of Ralph Modjeski – the chief engineer of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge which connects Philadelphia with New Jersey and was completed in 1926.


Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland, promoted Poland’s rich history and culture at the National Conference for the Social Studies (NCSS) in Washington, D.C. on December 1 -3, 2016. Poland’s booth at this important event was organized by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), an organization which unites cultural clubs across the country. Debbie is a past President of ACPC.


December 3, 2016

HC Sfedu Hosts CCAP Holiday Reception

George Sfedu, Honorary Consul of Romania, and his wife, Susan, hosted a delightful Holiday Reception at their home in Center City Philadelphia. Following a special hour of socializing among Members and friends, the group joined the Sfedu annual Romanian National Day Celebration Party which certainly matched its reputation for exuberance and good will.


November 28, 2016

Albanian Independence Day Celebrated in Harrisburg

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes hosted a ceremony to celebrate Albanian Independence Day in the East Wing Rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Members of Philadelphia’s Albanian community also received comments from Community Leader Jimmy Daku, Head of the Albanian American Association Tajar Domi and CCAP President Peter Longstreth. The Albanian National Flag was displayed, the National Anthem was played and Matt Franchak, Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack, presented a citation recognizing Albania’s importance to Pennsylvania. The event was concluded with a tour of the Capitol Building which was lighted with Albania’s colors that evening.


Jimmy Daku addresses the audience



Capitol Building entrance lighted for Albania



November 23, 2016

Sabria Boukadoum, CG of Algeria, Joins CCAP


Mrs. Sabria Boukadoum, Consul General of Algeria in New York, has recently joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. Consul General Boukadoum is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Algiers and is a career diplomat who has held several senior positions in the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to her New York appointment in 2015. She is married and has two children. The New York Consulate General of Algeria opened in 2011 and provides consular services to Algerian nationals in its 44 state jurisdiction. Membership in CCAP will provide efficient coverage and valuable connections in the Philadelphia region.


November 16, 2016

CCAP Members Tour CHOP and Penn Hospitals

Philip Okala, Senior Vice President for Business Development, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Kelly Abramson, Administrative Director, International Business Development, Penn Medicine; and Ruth Frey, Senior Director, International Business Development, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a group of CCAP Members to presentations and tours at the University City campuses.

Following overviews of the respective hospitals and presentations on the international programs, the group toured Penn’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center with Alexander Lin, MD and CHOP’s Department of Emergency Medicine with James Callahan, MD. All CCAP Members received follow-up materials and were encouraged to contact these two great institutions in accordance with need and interest.


Ruth Frey of CHOP addresses Members as Kelly Abramson observes



Members receive description of proton therapy equipment and treatment



Members gather around Dr. Lin at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center


November 16, 2016

Poland’s HC Majka Welcomes New Ambassador to U.S.


(L to R): Peter Obst, HC Majka and Ambassador Wilczek


Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Philadelphia, attended a reception at the official residence of the Polish Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. to welcome Dr. Piotr Wilczek, the newly accredited Ambassador. She was accompanied by Peter Obst, Philadelphia-based Director of the Poles in America Foundation.


November 11, 2016

HC Franklin Honored by Junior Achievement

St Clair Franklin

Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was inducted into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame for 2016 by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania at its annual gala. HC Franklin was honored for his lifetime of business and civic leadership, achievement and success.


November 9, 2016

Consul General Canepari Receives Temple’s Global Philadelphia Award


Temple President Richard M. Englert, The Honorable Andrea Canepari, and Temple Provost JoAnne Epps


Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, received Temple University’s 2016 Global Philadelphia Award for his tremendous impact on internationalizing Philadelphia through promotion of political, economic, educational and cultural relations between Italy and our region.


November 3, 2016

Panama Celebrates “Dia de la Patria” in Harrisburg


(L to R): Udini Voz, Leigh Nicholas, and Luis Gerardo Montiel flank the national flag and a poster board display with “Interesting Facts about Panama” in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building


Panama was the latest country to celebrate its November 3 Independence Day as part of CCAP’s National Day in Harrisburg program. Representatives from the Panamanian Consulate General in Philadelphia, Luis Gerardo Montiel and Leigh Nicholas, joined Udini Voz of the Panama International Tri-State Alliance and members of Lieutenant Governor Stack’s staff in a private meeting, an executive tour of the Capitol Building and a citation of appreciation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


November 1, 2016

Portuguese Dinner – CCAP First Cultural Cuisine

A small band of intrepid Members braved the traffic challenges of the SEPTA strike to inaugurate CCAP’s Cultural Cuisine Program.  Organized by our colleague, Joseph Fernandes, Cultural and Educational Advisor to the Consulate General of Portugal, and accompanied by his charming wife, Rita, and daughter, Cecilia, our group enjoyed a delicious and plentiful dinner at Mediterranean 2000 where Joe had selected a prix fixe menu of typical Portuguese cuisine and wines.  Following this successful formula, we now welcome another volunteer to arrange our second Cultural Cuisine Program dinner at a restaurant which offers their country’s specialties. Remember that our objectives are social and gastronomical, with spouses and guests definitely included.


(L to R): Cecilia Fernandes, Hon. Joseph Fernandes (partially obscured), HC Michael Scullin, HC Peter Longstreth, Betsy Longstreth, Rita Fernandes, Susan Michini, HC Ulf Akerblom


October 20, 2016

CCAP Members Support Pan American Association of Philadelphia

A number of CCAP Members attended the Pan American Association of Philadelphia’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting and presentation of the William J. Clothier Award to H.E. Enrique Pena Nieto, President of the United States of Mexico at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The award was accepted by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas whose significant comments addressed U.S.-Mexican relations.

The Mexican Delegation also included Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; Paulo Carreno King, Undersecretary for North America; and other government officials who participated in a variety meetings with business, cultural and political leaders during their visit to Philadelphia.

The award ceremony was followed by lunch and a private preview of the Art Museum’s “Painting the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950” exhibition which opens to the public on October 24. This extraordinary collection is considered Mexico’s most significant U.S. art exhibit in over seventy years.


Consuls enjoy an elegant lunch at the Art Museum



(L to R): Dr. Inayat H. Kathio, Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Philadelphia; Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs; and Evelyn Clothier, widow of William J. Clothier and presenter of the award in his name


October 18, 2016

CCAP Members Tour CBP Facilities at Philadelphia International Airport

Thanks to organizational efforts by Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France, a dozen CCAP Members visited the facilities of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Philadelphia International Airport. The delegation was greeted by Kevin Donohue, Assistant Port Director of Passenger Operations, and the tour itself was conducted by Chief Frank McCarthy and Supervisory Officer Sean Butler.

The group observed various types of equipment and systems, most notably the Global Entry program, that enhance efficient inspection of incoming passengers. The tour also included reviews of the secondary and customs inspection facilities and discussions regarding circumstances which may require their utilization. Due to CBP’s careful scrutiny of incoming traffic, a small fraction of the airport’s 4 million visitors per year are excluded entry.

Our guides were informative and encouraged future communication, as necessary.


October 18, 2016

HC Sfedu Hosts Visiting Romanian Officials

Honorary Consul George Sfedu hosted a private dinner in Philadelphia for Mihai Daraban, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Dr. Chivel Porumb, Minister Counselor, Romanian Consul General in New York. David Briel, Executive Director, Office of International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Jeanne Nevelos, Vice President of Business Expansion Services at Select Greater Philadelphia, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay and President of the Consular Corps of Philadelphia also participated in a lively discussion of Romanian trade and investment opportunities.


(L to R): Jeanne Nevelos, HC Sfedu, Mihai Daraban, HC Peter Longstreth, Chivel Pirumb and David Briel


October 18, 2016

Charles Gray, HC of Tanzania Joins CCAP


(L to R): H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Charles H. Gray, Honorary Consul of Tanzania


Although Charles Gray was formally appointed Honorary Consul of Tanzania in Philadelphia on January 25, 2013, his extraordinary relationship with that country and its leadership goes back almost 40 years.

In 1974, Gray co-founded a private K-12 school in New Brunswick, New Jersey which he named after Tanzania’s inspirational founder and first President H.E. Julius K. Nyerere. Seven years later, Gray traveled to Africa where he established a personal bond with President Nyerere whom he visited regularly until the great leader’s death in 1999. Since then, his close friend and former finance minister Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete was elected President and now Charles Gray formally represents Tanzania in Pennsylvania.

HC Gray is committed to promoting economic, educational and social development in this resource-rich, politically stable country. A fuller account of the Honorary Consul’s background and current activities is provided in the Tanzania web-site: Welcome to CCAP!


October 14, 2016

47th International Festival of Students

For its 47th consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania hosted the Festival of International Students at the Penn Museum to celebrate the rich, cultural diversity of foreign students in the Philadelphia region. Hundreds of participants enjoyed global cuisine, music, dance and networking among the museum’s impressive collections. A brief welcoming ceremony included comments by Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia; Dr. Julian Siggers, Director of the Penn Museum; Dr. Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global; Dr. Christian Frei, Academic Director, Penn Language Center; and Peter Longstreth, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.


(L to R): HC Longstreth, Dr. Frei, Mayor Kenney, Dr. Gadsden, Dr. Siggers (partially obscured), surrounded by performers and cultural groups


October 6, 2016

Consuls Attend Andy Scott Exhibit and Lecture

With an introduction from CCAP Member Donnie Jack, Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas, a number of consuls attended an exhibit and lecture provided by Andy Scott, Scotland’s most renowned sculptor, in Center City Philadelphia. Known for his figurative and monumental sculpture with many equine figures, Scott works in galvanized steel, fiberglass and cast bronze.

A selection of his smaller bronze works was on display in the lobby of the Graham Building where the artist and his wife, Hanneke Scott-van Wel, hosted a reception followed by a lecture on his remarkable career, which has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth. Scott plans to open a studio in Philadelphia.


Reception guests admire Scott sculpture at exhibit



During lecture, Scott describes photograph of his meeting with Queen Elizabeth


October 5, 2016

HC Leavenworth Joins Delaware Delegation to Chile


(L to R): Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia; Heraldo Munoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile; Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware; Carla Markell, First Lady of Delaware; Dale Eppler, Charges D’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Chile


September 27, 2016

CCAP Funds Earthquake Relief to Italy

An earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale struck Central Italy on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 and devastated the region causing hundreds of deaths and injuries, while destroying buildings and infrastructure. Earthquake relief has been mobilized on a global scale ( and, with guidance from the Consulate General in Philadelphia, CCAP has contributed to a fundraising effort by several non-profits in Italy. Other Philadelphians are encouraged to do the same.


September 25, 2016

Polish Minister of Culture Tours Historic Site with HC Majka

Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Philadelphia, guided Polish Vice Premier and Minister of Culture and Heritage Prof. Piotr Glinski on a visit to the Kosciuszko House Memorial. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was, of course, a military engineer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. After returning to his native Poland, he resided for a short period in the late 1790’s in a house which has been recreated at the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets in Society Hill.


(L to R): HC Majka and Poland’s Vice Premier and Minister Glinski, surrounded by Kosciuszko House memorabilia


September 24-25, 2016

Flemish Lions Roar to the Shore

Building on the proud track record of Flemish professional cyclists and the renowned pro-races in Flanders, local Representative and CCAP Member Daisy Van den Hooff-Mertens organized the “Flemish Lions” bicycle team, which has just completed its fifth City to Shore bike ride to raise $17,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The team combines members of Pennsylvania’s Flemish community with American friends and ranges from baby boomers to millennials. What a great way to continue a national tradition while generously supporting an important cause!


Representative Van den Hooff-Mertens presents the specially-designed team uniform to Flanders’ Minister President Geert Bourgeois during a delegation visit to Philadelphia in May, 2015



The “Flemish Lions” prepare for action with Representative Van den Hooff-Mertens (front row, second from left) leading the way


September 19, 2016

Consuls Join Governor Wolf to Celebrate PA Global Impact


(L to R): CG Gallardo, Peru; HC Kathio, Pakistan; HC Scullin, France; HC Pfister, Switzerland; HC Wiedemann, Germany; Governor Wolf; Secretary Cortes; Consul Kerber, Mexico; HC Longstreth, Uruguay; Secretary Davin; Rep. Van den Hooff-Mertens, Flanders


CCAP was well represented at the Governor’s Mansion to an evening reception hosted by Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf in partnership with the World Trade Center Harrisburg. Titled “Bringing the World to Pennsylvania”, the garden party celebrated Pennsylvania’s global impact and included the Commonwealth’s trade representatives from around the world. Guests included members of the diplomatic and the local business communities. Governor Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin provided comments.


September 16, 2016

LG Stack Hosts Mexican Celebration at the Capitol


Lieutenant Governor Stack, Consul Kerber, Ana Flores and HC Longstreth are surrounded by Math/Science Academy students and the mariachi band

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack hosted a vibrant Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Capitol Rotunda, as yet another example of CCAP’s National Day Program in Harrisburg. Speakers included Robert Torres, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Department of State; Alicia Kerber, Mexican Consul in Philadelphia; and Peter Longstreth, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and Honorary Consul of Uruguay.

The formal portions of the program were accompanied by lively mariachi music, the 6th grade class of Harrisburg’s Math/Science Academy’s, delicious food, the Mexican national anthem and a display of the country’s flag. This colorful pageantry was organized by the Mexican Cultural Center, represented by Ana Flores. Visitors were also provided with a private tour of the Capitol’s legislative chambers.


September 15, 2016

Central American Independence Days Celebrated in Harrisburg


CCAP’s National Day Program was active with multiple celebrations last week in Harrisburg as Independence Days for El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala were all recognized in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Thursday, September 15.

Deputy Executive Secretary of State Robert Torres hosted a ceremony recognizing the independence of El Salvador and Nicaragua and including comments by Ana Maria Keene, Honorary Consul of El Salvador in Philadelphia; Sandra Cruz, Consul General of El Salvador in New York and Pennsylvania; Eli Gabay, Honorary Consul of Nicaragua in Philadelphia; and Peter Longstreth, President of CCAP.

National anthems were played, country flags were displayed and educational materials were presented by El Salvador and Nicaragua. The event culminated with presentations of Citations from Lieutenant Governor Stack by Secretary Torres to representatives for each of the countries.

Following the formal program, Honorary Consuls and the Consul General joined Lieutenant Governor Stack and his staff for a private meeting, followed by a tour of the magnificent legislative and judicial chambers in the Capitol Building.


(L to R): Peter Longstreth, HC of Uruguay; Eli Gabay, HC of Nicaragua; Lieutenant Governor Stack; Sandra Cruz, Consul General of El Salvador in New York; Ana Maria Keene, HC of El Salvador; Robert Torres, Deputy Executive Secretary of State


August 3, 2016

AJC Says “L’Hitraot” to Consul General Sideman and Welcomes Consul General Dayan

Sideman Farewell

Bidding farewell to Consul General Sideman and welcoming Consul General Dayan at a reception held by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Left to right: Tammy Sideman; Consul General Yaron Sideman; Consul General Dani Dayan; Marcia Bronstein, AJC Regional Director; Morris Gocial, AJC Philadelphia President

AJC Philadelphia/SNJ leaders and community members bid farewell to Consul General Yaron Sideman at a reception hosted  by the Philadelphia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce on August 3rd. Consul General Sideman was a great friend to our region throughout his four year term and will be sorely missed. We warmly welcome and look forward to working with Dani Dayan, the new Consul General of Israel based out of the Consulate General of Israel in New York, which now officially covers our region.


July 29, 2016

Peru Inaugurates CCAP National Day Program in Harrisburg


CG Gallardo addresses the audience


Peru Ind Day

(L to R): Matt Franchak, Robert Torres, Consul General Vitaliano Gallardo, Peter Longstreth


CCAP’s National Day recognition program at the State Capitol in Harrisburg was inaugurated by Peru’s Consulate General from Paterson, New Jersey. The inspirational ceremony occurred in the dramatic rotunda of Pennsylvania’s majestic Statehouse, opened with welcoming comments from Robert Torres, Deputy Executive Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of State and included recognition of the country’s flag, singing of the national anthem, speeches, a citation from Lieutenant Governor Stack and attendance by the local Peruvian community. Consul General Vitaliano Gallardo worked closely with Matt Franchak, Chief-of-Staff to Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack, to organize this successful event, which will be followed by many more as other CCAP Member countries are celebrated.


July 26, 2016

CCAP/NDI Host Union League Reception for Diplomatic Visitors to DNC


(L to R): Krista Bard, HC Lithuania; Christine Pfister, HC Switzerland; Ana Maria Keene, HC El Salvador; George Sfedu, HC Romania (Background) and Mayor Jim Kenney


By way of background, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the U.S. State Department organized the International Leaders Forum (ILF) for approximately 400 international visitors to the DNC. NDI is a branch of the Democratic Party chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The ILF assembled members of the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, cabinet ministers and heads of political parties who participated in day-time programs at the Prince Theater in center City, which included bipartisan conferences, panels and social events to discuss the various aspects of the 2016 election process. In the evenings, the ILF participants were bused to the Wells Fargo Center where they observed the convention itself.

Earlier this year the CCAP approached the NDI and reached an agreement to co-host a cocktail reception at the Union League for approximately 80 ambassadors, CCAP Members, NDI/State Department representatives and guests. Subsequently, Drexel University committed to sponsor the event. On the evening of July 26, 170 total attendees enjoyed comments by Mayor Jim Kenney, Drexel President John Fry, NDI’s Vice Chairman Marc Nathanson and CCAP President Peter Longstreth. The event provided an extraordinary opportunity to network with the highest levels of the diplomatic community and to encourage membership in our association.


July, 2016

News Article in Philadelphia Magazine:

Philadelphia’s Part-Time Diplomats


June 12, 2016

Visit to Philadelphia of H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States


(L to R): Joseph Del Raso (The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)), Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia Andrea Canepari, H.E. Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio and Frank Giordano (The Philly POPS) in front of the Union League of Philadelphia


On Tuesday, June 12, 2016, Philadelphia welcomed H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States!
Ambassador Armando Varricchio with Consul General Andrea Canepari, Joseph Del Raso (The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)) and Frank Giordano (The Philly POPS) discussed about Italian initiatives in Philadelphia.


May 26, 2016

Swiss HC Welcomes First Round-The-World Solar Flight to Pennsylvania

Solar impulse is a solar powered aircraft created by two Swiss innovators – engineer/businessman Andre Borschberg and psychiatrist/aeronaut Bertrand Piccard. An extraordinary airplane of perpetual endurance, Solar Impulse can fly night and day on solar power alone, without a drop of fuel. As a part of its remarkable round-the–world clean technology demonstration flight, the aircraft landed at the Lehigh Valley International Airport on the evening of May 25, where pilot Piccard was welcomed by Swiss Honorary Consul Christine Pfister.

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Bertrand Piccard and Swiss HC Pfister


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May 23, 2016

HC Jannetta and Select Host Belgian Ambassador’s Day in Philadelphia

Steve Jannetta, Morgan Lewis & Bockius attorney and Belgium’s Honorary Consul in Philadelphia, and Select Greater Philadelphia, the region’s business marketing organization, hosted Johan Verbeke, Ambassador to the United States from the Kingdom of Belgium, for a productive visit to Philadelphia. Ambassador Verbeke and his staff joined members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for breakfast, visited Center City, University City and The Navy Yard and closed their busy schedule at a cocktail reception with Mayor Jim Kenney. The Ambassador is a veteran diplomat who articulated Belgium’s importance as a European hub of government, financial and professional services. The various meetings suggested opportunities for cooperation between Philadelphia and Belgian institutions.


Ambassador Verbeke, Mayor Kenney, HC Jannetta


May 6, 2016

City Hall Reception for The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte


(L to R): Ana Maria de Keene (Honorary Consul of El Salvador) and husband John, and The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte


Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Nilda Ruiz, President of Asociacion Puertorricenos en Marcha, and Romulo Diaz, President of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia hosted a City Hall reception for The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, former United States Ambassador to El Salvador and recently confirmed U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador Aponte has deep local roots, with degrees from Rosemont College, Villanova University and Temple University School of Law, and she clearly enjoyed reconnecting with her many friends in Philadelphia, including, most notably, with Ana Maria de Keene, Honorary Consul of El Salvador.


May 3, 2016

AJC Hosts Consul General of India

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(L to R): Nissim Reuben, Assistant Director, AJC Asia Pacific Institute; Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India; Krista Bard, Honorary Consul of Lithuania; Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Moran Birman, Deputy General Consul of Israel; Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay


The American Jewish Committee (AJC) of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s National Leadership Council and Marshall Society hosted a reception and dinner with Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in New York. The intimate group shared thoughtful, off-the-record conversations regarding US-India-Israel Relations and India’s Jewish Heritage. Several Members of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia were also in attendance.


May 1, 2016

HC Scullin Delivers French Alliance Day Address

Hon. Consul of France Michael Scullin recently presented the keynote address at French Alliance Day at Valley Forge Washington Memorial Chapel. Each year the congregation commemorates the date in May of 1778 when George Washington and the troops at Valley Forge, after a terrible winter, learned that the King of France had entered a treaty of Alliance with the Americans. Benjamin Franklin, our region’s adoptive son, had spent over a year in France charming and beseeching the King to intercede on behalf of the rebels, an unusual alliance in the making. Eventually Franklin prevailed, and the King’s support was won.

This news undoubtedly ignited the troops, boosting morale at a crucial time. It also meant a dramatic change in the war. Previous support from the Marquis de Lafayette had been substantial and important. But the French soon arrived en masse under the command of the Compte de Rochambeau, with thousands of troops, and matériel, and silver. At Yorktown, the scene of the final and decisive events of the American quest for independence, it has been observed that there more French troops than there were American troops. French support was decisive to the American victory.

The event also provides the French an opportunity to reiterate their enduring appreciation for American sacrifices in the First and Second World Wars.

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April 30, 2016

Deborah Majka, Philadelphia’s Honorary Consul of Poland, addresses an audience at the Tadeusz Kosciuszka Day ceremonies at the United States Military Academy at West Point




April 13, 2016

A Day at the State Capitol


In response to a generous invitation from State Secretary Pedro Cortes, 30 Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia Members and guests traveled to Harrisburg on April 13 for an extraordinary experience, including the following highlights:

  • Remarkable “red carpet treatment” by Secretary Cortes, his cabinet colleagues and his staff which included a coordinated schedule with top members of Pennsylvania’s governmental leadership.
  • A full forty minute conversation with Governor Wolf who provided general comments regarding the importance of foreign trade and investment, interacted individually with various CCAP Members and participated in a brief ceremony with visiting Chilean dignitaries.
  • A meeting with Philadelphia’s delegation to the House of Representatives, followed by Speaker Michael Turzai’s formal recognition of CCAP in the historic House Chamber and individual introductions of each group member to the full House in session.
  • A similar recognition by Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack on the floor of the equally impressive Senate Chamber where CCAP President Longstreth provided brief remarks to the seated Senators, followed by a private meeting in Lt. Governor Stack’s office.
  • A luncheon which included informal conversation among Members and guests followed by a useful discussion with David Briel, Director of International Business with DCED, who described state programs to support his department.

In closing, our day in Harrisburg set a new CCAP standard for governmental engagement and established relationships which can enhance the future effectiveness of individual consuls.

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Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia visit with Governor Tom Wolf in his reception chamber in Harrisburg


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CCAP Members and guests with Philadelphia delegation of Pennsylvania House of Representatives in House Chambers of Capitol


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CCAP Members and guests with Lieutenant Governor Stack at the podium of the Senate Chambers in Capitol Complex, Harrisburg

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April 13, 2016

Chilean Officials Visit Capitol with CCAP


During CCAP’s recent visit to Harrisburg, we were joined by two distinguished Chilean guests: Senator Alejandro Garcia Huidobro and Regional Councilor 6th Region Felipe Garcia Huidobro. Our colleague, Honorary Consul Benjamin Leavenworth introduced these two charming brothers to our Members, emphasizing their Chilean region’s economic impact on Philadelphia. Later the Chilean “delegation” participated in a brief ceremony with Governor Wolf.

(L to R): Regional Councilor Garcia Huidobro, HC Leavenworth, Senator Garcia Huidobro, Governor Wolf


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March 21, 2016

Leavenworth Applies Worldly Awareness in Advancing Chile-Delaware River Tradeclick for article

Published in The American Journal of Transportation by Paul Scott Abbott

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Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile