U.N. diplomat named new Austrian ambassador

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Longtime United Nations diplomat Enno Drofenik has succeeded Johannes Peterlik as Austria’s ambassador to Thailand.

Drofenik, 42, presented his credentials to Thai officials Aug. 21 and is now on the job at the Bangkok embassy. He also is Austria’s representative in Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik.Austrian Ambassador Enno Drofenik.

A native of Dießhübel, Drofenik spent most of his professional career with Austria’s permanent mission to the United Nations, working in Tokyo, where he met his wife Juri, and New York in 2005. In 2006, he returned to Vienna for a posting at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. In 2009, he became a member of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Development Agency.

Drofenik graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in law. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Japanese and German.

The ambassador carries the Grand Officer Cross of the Sovereign Order of Malta and likely will make his first public appearances at national day celebrations at the end of October.