Vladimir Olegovich Rakhmanin, FAO’s new Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, took office earlier this month at the Organization’s regional office in Budapest.
Rakhmanin, a national of Russia, holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. His diplomatic and professional career has included assignments in Beijing (1982-1983) and Washington D.C. (1983-1986 and 1992-1996).
He served in the late 1990s as spokesperson for the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as Director of the Information and Press Department.
From 2000 to 2002 he was Chief of Protocol for the President of the Russian Federation, and from 2002 to 2006 served as Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Dublin, Ireland.
From 2008 until joining FAO, he was Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.
Throughout his career, Rakhmanin has dealt with policy issues involving global and regional developments. He succeeds Fernanda Guerrieri in the role of FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia.
“FAO is an important technical resource for countries in this part of the world, as they move forward with economic transition and develop healthy food sectors,” Rakhmanin said. “I am honoured to lead FAO’s team in this part of the world.”
24 January 2014, Budapest, Hungary