Louisiana Consular Corps Selects New Leadership For 2017-2018
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Consular Corps has elected Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France, as Dean and Cesar Lurati, Honorary Consul of Uruguay, as Vice Dean for 2017-2018.
Consuls Trumel and Lurati are joined by Frank Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy, who will serve as Secretary, and William Langenstein, Honorary Consul of Korea, who will continue in his role as Treasurer.
“Serving as Dean of this distinguished organization is an honor for me and for France,” said Consul General Trumel. “With the City’s 300th anniversary soon to be upon us, this will be an exciting time for the Consular Corps, as well as an important opportunity to remind the world of New Orleans’ historically important role as a global city and home to thousands of persons from very different nations and cultures backgrounds.”
Prior to accepting his assignment as Consul General in New Orleans in August 2014, Trumel, 41, a career diplomat since 2000, served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Press counselor at the French embassy in Denmark.
With 56 operating career and honorary consulates in Louisiana, serving countries on five continents, the Louisiana Consulate Corps is among the largest consular communities in the United States. In recent years, nations as diverse as Hungary, Lithuania and Tanzania have named Honorary Consuls in Louisiana, with appointments to represent Georgia, Poland and Slovakia now pending.
Career and Honorary Consuls serve their nations through pursuit of new opportunities for trade, cultural and educational exchange and increased tourism, as well as assisting foreign nationals residing in, or traveling to Louisiana who find themselves in need of assistance.