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August 29, 2005

MFA Press Statement: Presentation of Credentials

The following new foreign Heads of Mission presented their diplomatic credentials to President S R Nathan in separate ceremonies at the Istana today:

(a) The Ambassador of the State of Israel, Mr Ilan Ben-Dov, who has succeeded Mr Itzhak Shoham;

(b) The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Christiaan Cornelis Sanders, who has succeeded Mr Hendrik Jan Van Pesch; and

(c) The Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary, Mr Tamas Magda, who has succeeded Dr Gyorgy Nanovfszky.

The curricula vitae of Mr Ilan Ben-Dov, Mr Christiaan Cornelis Sanders and Mr Tamas Magda are attached.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SINGAPORE
29 AUGUST 2005

ILAN BEN-DOV

AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

STATE OF ISRAEL

BORN:
24 June 1959, Israel

AGE:
46

MARITAL
STATUS:
Married with three children

EDUCATION:
Bar Ilan University — BA, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology

Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Masters, International Relations

University of Vienna, Austria, Political Science and International Relations

CAREER:
1986 - 1990 Foreign Ministry Cadet, Training Department, Training Division

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North America Division, Cultural and Scientific Affairs Division, Division for the United Nations and International Organizations

1990 - 1995 First and Second Secretary, Bonn, Germany

1995 - 1998 Western Europe Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CAREER:
(cont'd) 1998 - 2002 Minister-Counsellor and Charge D'Affairs, Vienna, Austria

2002 - 2005 Director of Information and Internet Department, Media and Public Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

29 Aug 2005 - to date Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

LANGUAGES: Hebrew, English, German

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29 August 2005

CHRISTIAAN CORNELIS SANDERS

AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

BORN: 25 June 1946, Voorburg, the Netherlands

AGE: 59

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Marianne L. AANDEWIEL

EDUCATION: Graduated Secondary Education, 1965

Political Science, University of Amsterdam, 1973

CAREER: 1974 Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Has worked at several departments of MFA

1986 - 1991 Counsellor at the Permanent Representation to NATO, Brussels

1991 - 1995 Ambassador, Muscat

1995 - 1997 Consul-General, Hong Kong

1997 - 1999 Director, Security Policy Department, MFA

1999 - 2005
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

29 Aug 05 -
to date Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

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TAMAS MAGDA

AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY

BORN: 28 May 1971 in Miskolc, Hungary

AGE: 34

MARITAL
STATUS: Married to Mrs Krisztina Magdane HORNYIK
Has three children

EDUCATION: Graduated from Faculty of International Relations, State University of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow, 1989-94

Foreign Trade Manager, Budapest Foreign Trade Education Ltd, 1995

Completed International Course, Royal Spanish Diplomatic Academy, 1995

CAREER: 1994 Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1994-96 Desk Officer in charge of Spain and Portugal

1997 Member of the Cabinet of Dr Ferenc Somogyi, State Secretary for EU and NATO Affairs

Head, Integration State Secretariat, MFA

1997-2002 Diplomat in charge of EU Affairs, Hungarian Embassy in London

CAREER:
(cont'd) 2002-2004 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovac

2004 -
Jul 2005 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Minister Dr Ferenc Somogyi

29 Aug 2005 - to date Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian

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