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Head Of Mission Profile

H.E. Hector Valezzi Ambassador of Mexico in South Africa

      

DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa

HE: Ethiopia (2007-2011), where I was ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Permanent Representative (observer) to the African Union.

DS: Most interesting place in South Africa

HE:  The Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

DS: Your impression about South Africa in 3 words

HE:  Beautiful, lovable, fascinating.

DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit

HE:  Angkor Thom, Cambodia

DS: Most memorable appointment thus far

HE: Brazil (1984-1988), where my daughter was born

DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far

HE: Being part of the Mexican negotiating team of the Association Agreement with the European Union, Brussels 1995-1998.

DS: My inspiration is/comes from…

HE:  Music

DS: Place in your own country that you love to visit.

HE:  Oaxaca City

DS: Most interesting place to visit elsewhere.

HE: Leptis Magna, Libya.

DS:Favourite dish of your country

HE: Tacos

DS:Favourite dish of another country

HE: Sashimi

DS: Favorite eating place in Pretoria.

HE: Brasserie de Paris.

DS: The best book ever read is…

HE: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

DS: At the moment I am reading

HE: The State of Africa by Martin Meredith

DS: I spend my leisure time

HE: Going to galleries, cinema, reading, playing tennis and walking my dog.

DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat

HE: Know as much as you can about the country of your counterpart.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January/February 2020

 
 
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