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Brief Resumé of Ambassador Teshome TOGA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Ambassador Teshome TOGA joined the Ethiopian Diplomatic Mission in Brussels on October 11, 2013. As Head of the Mission, he is accredited to the Benelux and Baltic States and to the EU Institutions. Prior to this, he served in the same capacity in Paris since January 2011, concurrently accredited to Spain, Portugal, the Vatican and Tunisia. At the same time, Ambassador TOGA was the Permanent delegate to UNESCO.
From 2005-2010, Ambassador TOGA was the Speaker of the 3rd House of the Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the highest authority of the Federal Government. While Speaker of the House, he led the Ethiopian Parliamentary delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly between 2005-2011 and was member of the Bureau and Vice-President in charge of Human Rights from the ACP side. As Speaker, he also participated in several Parliamentary Meetings.
He was the President of the 120th IPU General Conference and related meetings. Ambassador TOGA also presided over the 30th African Parliamentary Union Assembly. He contributed to the revitalizing of IGAD Inter Parliamentary Union and was Vice-President of IPU-IGAD.
Ambassador TOGA was appointed to the Cabinet in 2001 as the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture until his election as Speaker of HOPR in 2005. He was a member of the Council of the South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State from 1995 to 2005. Ambassador TOGA was also a member of the 1st House of Federation from 1995-2000. He was elected member of the 4th HOPR in 2010.
In between 1992 and 2001, Ambassador TOGA was Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ghana (1992), Egypt (1993-1996) and Kenya (1996-2001). While in Kenya, he was accredited to Tanzania and Permanent Representative to UNEP and HABITAT.
He served as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to the IGAD sponsored Sudan Peace Talks and to the peace process in Great Lakes Region.
He is married with 3 children.