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Honorary Consul of Mali in Budapest featured at Dine with Dignitaries in Las Vegas June 22, 2011.

So who is Consul Andrew G. Szabo?

Andrew Szabo in coastal Mauritania

Andrew Szabo in coastal Mauritania

Andrew G. Szabo left his native Hungary in 1987 at the age of 18 to attend college in America. While in college he launched a phone matchmaking service. In 1996 he spent the most amount ever on a single domain name by purchasing Date.com for $50,000. A few years later Date.com was the third largest dating site on the internet. He launched and sold several online marketing and entertainment companies and junior mining companies. His mining ventures took him to West Africa where he was touched by the beauty and kindness of the African continent. He decided to enter the trans-Sahara Dakar Rally, but realized that the strict racing requirements and the high-speed dash through Africa took away the magic of adventure and discovery.

 Not finding a decent alternative to the Dakar, in 2005 he created a gentler, kinder and more humanitarian car race to explore Consul Szabo, creator of the Budapest to Bamako RallyAfrica. In 2005 the Budapest To Bamako Rally was born. For his work to promote travel, tourism and commerce to West Africa the Republic Of Mali appointed Mr. Szabo to be their Honorary Consul to Hungary. The 2005 run of the Budapest-Bamako had 100 participants. Four years later, the race hosting 600 participants from five continents became the largest amateur rally in the world and the most influential charity rally in Africa. In 2010 the Budapest-Bamako had more cars than Dakar.

Consul Szabo

Participants deliver 600,000 to 1 million dollars  worth of aid to West Africa each year. Mr. Szabo currently spends his time in Los Angeles, Budapest and Bissau with his wife and three daughters. He’s actively organizing next year’s rally to Bamako and working on his next internet venture. For his work in Guinea-Bissau, this small West African nation has recently bestowed the prestigious traveling ambassador to North America title to him. Mr. Szabo is also a founder of the Budapest Holocaust Museum and plays badminton for Guinea-Bissau’s Macabbi Badminton Team.

Consul Szabo will give a brief talk followed by a 90-minute Travel Channel documentary of the Budapest to Bamako Rally.  The audience will then adjourn to a nearby restaurant for a private dinner with the speaker.  See www.dinewithdignitaries.com for details.

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Consular Chamber Founders in MonacoBy invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Co-Founders of the Consular Chamber of Commerce Jonathan Warren (Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas) and Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl (Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Las Vegas) were whisked away on three-day so festivities in Monaco. 

The events began with a cocktail at the Palace HSH Prince Albert II, HRH The Princess of Hanover and HRH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.  The couple also had the pleasure to meet Miss Charlene Wittstock, Fiancé of the Prince.  The event included approximately 150 consuls, ambassadors and members of Monaco’s Parliament.   The following two days included a night at the Opera, the famous Mass at the Cathedral, National Day parade and plenty of nightlife.

Following the celebrations of the Monaco’s National Day, the Principality took the opportunity to intoduce its latest initiatives to the Consuar and Diplomatic Corps.

The Consular Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, through the work of member Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan, hosted the visit of His Excellency Ilhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States.

Uzbekistan InformationFrom Alexander the Great, to Genghis Khan, to the Soviet Union, to independence, Uzbekistan’s challenges and opportunities are legendary.

A former Ambassador to both Russia and to India, His Excellency is now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States.

Much of the Mojave Desert environment resembles a great deal of Uzbekistan, aConsular Chamber Presents Ambassador Nematov country the size and population of California.  While in Las Vegas, the Consular Chamber arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the World Affairs Council October luncheon on October 26, as well as tours of cutting edge power and water facilities, and a meeting with Consular Chamber organizers of the Global PURE Water Expo.  Meetings with Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Patricia Mulroy and Mayor Oscar Goodman have also been arranged.

Aral Sea reduction in UzbekistanOn the evening of October 26th, the Ambassador and Mrs. Nematova will be the Guests of Honor at Dine with Dignitaries, a Consular Chamber tradition.  Twenty-two participants will join the Ambassador and his wife for a spectacular dinner prepared by renowned Las Vegas chef Andre Roché, at Alizé, at the top of the Palms hotel in Las Vegas.  Dine with Dignitaries allows for candid, off-the-record conversation with no speeches, no agenda, no press and no podium.  Business discussion is encouraged.  Reservations may be made online.

Consul of Monaco Jonathan WarrenJonathan Warren has been tapped by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to become Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas.  The post serves Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.  Consul Warren has been accredited by the US Department of State.

Mr. Warren co-founded the Consular Chamber in 2006, and developed or co-developed several of its brands, including Identify.nu, Cocktails with the Consuls, Dine with Dignitaries, the Royal African Ball and the Global PURE Water Expo.  He has resided in Las Vegas for over 40 years.

Chopin on the RocksHonorary Consul of Poland John Petkus selects Springs Preserve as venue for first-ever consular concert event in Las Vegas: “Chopin on the Rocks”

 

One of the newest confirmed honorary consuls in Las Vegas has stepped up to the occasion in a big way.  John Petkus annakijanowska.comwas confirmed as Honorary Consul of Poland in Las Vegas just last year, and on October 2nd will host “Chopin on the Rocks” at the Springs Preserve outdoor amphitheater in Las Vegas.

A unique concert event featuring popular, jazz and classical stylings of polish stars of the music scene, Chopin on the Rocks marks the first time any consulate has produced a musical event in Las Vegas. 

“This will not be a typical or ‘boring’ classical concert.”  Consul Petkus says.  “We have three fantastic acts, and we will be doing a contemporary ‘twist’.”

The bulk of the proceeds will go toward the Las Vegas Polish School and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, which, along with Pianist David Kowaleski, will provide pre-concert entertainment.

General Admission is $40.  Members of the Consular Chamber are invited to join us at VIP seating by booking your seats with the Consulate directly by telephone at 702-368-7974.   VIP seats are $50. each.  Doors open at 5:30.  The Concert begins at 7:00.

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The Consular Chamber of Commerce has become one of the first institutional members of the ICD in the Western United States.

The ICD is a Berlin-based not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which was formed to promote global peace and stability through strenghening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.  The progams and products of the ICD will be included in the activities of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  The Consular Chamber also intends to invite the leadership of the ICD to speak at functions at various locations around the world.

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