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Houston Consular Corps

Published May 06, 2020 by A.J. Mistretta

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With 90 different nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the United States. 

The Honorable Ana Paula de Almeida Sebastiao do Nascimento 
Consul General of Angola

The Honorable Gabriel Volpi
Consul General of Argentina 

The Honorable Peter McGauran
Consul General of Australia 

The Honorable Gerald Seidl
Honorary Consul of Austria 

The Honorable Lynden Rose
Honorary Consul of the Bahamas
No website listed

The Honorable Marty McVey 
Honorary Consul of Bangladesh

The Honorable Louis A. Browne, Ph.D.
Honorary Consul of Barbados
No website listed


No website listed

The Honorable Dennis Johnson
Honorary Consul of Belize 
No website listed

The Honorable Carlos Duran 
Consul General of Bolivia 

The Honorable Donald L. Kramer, M.D.
Honorary Consul of Botswana

His Excellency Jose Borges dos Santos Jr. 
Consul General of Brazil 

Honorary Consul of Cameroon 
No website listed 

The Honorable Delon Chan 
Consul of Canada

The Honorable Jose Luis Briceño
Consul General of Chile , 

The Honorable Lucia Maria Amalia Salgado Romero 
Consul General of Colombia

Costa Rica
The Honorable Herbert Daniel Espinoza Solano
Consul General of Costa Rica, 

Côte d'Ivoire 
The Honorable Marlene McClinton
Honorary Consul of Côte d'Ivoire 

The Honorable Philip Berquist
Honorary Consul of Croatia

The Honorable Christos Angelides 
Honorary Consul of Cyprus

Czech Republic
The Honorable Brian Vanicek
Honorary Consul of Czech Republic
No website listed 

The Honorable Jacob Vind
Consul General of Denmark

The Honorable Ruth Maria Dueñas Montero
Consul General of Ecuador 

The Honorable Kahled Rizk
Consul General of Egypt

El Salvador
The Honorable Nancy Margarita Guevara 
Consul General of El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea 
The Honorable Tomas Dickens 
Consul General of Equatorial Guinea

Honorary Consul of Estonia

The Honorable Gezahgen Kebede
Honorary Consul of Ethiopia

The Honorable Frank Donnelly 
Honorary Consul of Finland

The Honorable Alexis Andres
Consul General of France 

The Honorable Janet Moore
Honorary Consul of Georgia  
No website listed

The Honorable Thomas Hermann Meister
Consul General of Germany

The Honorable Jack Webb
Honorary Consul of Ghana 

The Honorable Ioannis Stamatekos
Consul of Greece 

The Honorable José Barillas Trennert
Consul General of Guatemala 
No website listed

Honorary Consul of Guyana

The Honorable Yolanda Oliva
Consul General of Honduras

The Honorable Gabor Markocsany
Honorary Consul of Hungary

The Honorable Michael Ray Dumas 
Honorary Consul of Iceland 
No website listed 

The Honorable Aseem Mahajan 
Consul General of India 

The Honorable Nana Yuliana 
Consul General of Indonesia

The Honorable John B. Kane
Honorary Consul of Ireland

The Honorable Gilad Katz
Consul General of Israel

The Honorable Federico Ciattaglia
Consul General of Italy 

The Honorable Khalfani Omari Fullerton
Honorary Consul of Jamaica
No website listed 

The Honorable Hideo Fukushima
Consul General of Japan

Honorary Consul of Jordan

John Willis Gibson III
Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan

His Excellency Myung Soo Ahn

The Honorable Peter Ragauss
Honorary Consul of Latvia 

The Honorable Amin Bohsali
Honorary Consul of Lebanon - Go to "Consular Services"

The Honorable Dennis Houston
Honorary Consul of Liechtenstein

The Honorable William C. Altman
Honorary Consul of Lithuania 

The Honorable Jordan Price 
Honorary Consul of Malawi 

Honorary Consul of Malaysia

Honorary Consul of Malta

The Honorable Alicia Guadalupe Kerber Palma 
Consul General of Mexico 

The Honorable Edward Story
Honorary Consul of Mongolia 

The Honorable Giti Zarinkelk
Honorary Consul of Namibia 

The Honorable Jos G. Wellink
Honorary Consul of the Netherlands 

New Zealand 
The Honorable James Daniel Connelly
Honorary Consul of New Zealand

The Honorable Samuel Trejos
Consul General of Nicaragua

The Honorable Hilde Janne Skorpen 
Consul General of Norway

The Honorable Abrar H. Hashmi 
Consul General of Pakistan

The Honorable Jaime Alberto Sosa
Consul General of Panama

Papua New Guinea
Honorary Consul of Papua New Guinea

The Honorable Gustavo E. Ayala
Honorary Consul of Paraguay
No website listed 

The Honorable Rodolfo Enrique Coronado Molina
Consul General of Peru, 

The Honorable Jerril G. Santos
Consul General of the Philippines 

The Honorable Robert Rusiecki
Consul General of Poland

The Honorable José M. Ivo
Honorary Consul of Portugal 

The Honorable Rashid Al Dehaimi 
Consul General of Qatar

The Honorable Nicholas A. Florescu
Honorary Consul of Romania

Consul General of Russia

The Honorable Cynthia Perry
Honorary Consul of Rwanda 

Saudi Arabia
The Honorable Saad Aljebreen
Consul General of Saudi Arabia 

Sierra Leone
Honorary Consul of Sierra Leone

The Honorable Sandra (Sandy) P. Wilkens 
Honorary Consul of Slovenia

Her Excellency Julia Alicia Olmo y Romero 
Consul General of Spain 

The Honorable Astrid Marklund
Honorary Consul of Sweden; 

The Honorable John A. Bernhard
Honorary Consul of Switzerland 

The Honorable Charles C. Foster
Honorary Consul of Thailand 

The Honorable Adel Chaouch
Honorary Consul of Tunisia

The Honorable Akil Oktem
Consul General of Turkey 

The Honorable Gregory Buchai
Honorary Consul of Ukraine; 

United Arab Emirates
The Honorable Saeed Almheiri
Consul General of the UAE 

United Kingdom
The Honorable Richard Hyde 
Consul General of the United Kingdom 

The Honorable Christopher Ashby
Honorary Consul of Uruguay


The Honorable Luong Quoc Huy
Consul General of Vietnam 

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