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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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Aldo Aguirre tapped for Governor-Elect Sandoval Transition TeamNevada Governor-Elect Brian Sandoval has named the President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce to his Transition Team

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Vice-consul ofDr. Aldo Aguirre Guatemala in Nevada, is one of two Las Vegas-area latino members named to the 29-member team.  He is also it’s only Consular officer.

“It is an honor to be in the distinguished company of those chosen by Governor-Elect Sandoval, and to assist with  transitioning the new Administration into office,”  Dr. Aguirre said.

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.

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, photo by Las Vegas SunThe Las Vegas Clark County Library District Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Aldo Aguirre as its Chairman on June 9th, 2010.  His 12-month term begins July 1. 

Dr. Aguirre will serve concurrently as President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, in addition to his duties as a consultant and Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas.

“I am honored to serve as chair during these very challenging times for the Library District, as we are charged with providing more services with a significantly reduced operating budget,” stated Dr. Aguirre.

The Board of Directors and officers of the Consular Chamber of Commerce congratulate the LVCCLD Board of Trustees on making an outstanding appointment, and we congratulate Dr. Aguirre for his continued success.

PURE Global Water ExpoThe Consular Chamber of Commerce is inviting those interested in potable water development to Las Vegas for a newly developed expo and conference in Fall of 2011.    

PURE Global Water Expo is being marketed internationally.  PURE stands for Potability Underdevelopment Rescue Expo.  The conference is designed to attract several key sectors, including:     

  • Water purification and de-salination technology firms
  • Charity and NGO entities involved in funding potable water projects in developing communities
  • Governments and communities in need of potable water development
  • Venture capitalists and government agencies interested in financing potable water development

“One billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water, despite the fact that it is often easily developed and sustainable in their immediate area.  The results are disastrous for all people.  War, disease, famine, mass exodus, human trafficking and more can all point to a root cause of a lack of clean water.   We set out to bring together those catalysts changing this dynamic.”    

                                                   – Dr. Aldo Aguirre
                                                     Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala
                                                     President, Consular Chamber of Commerce
 

  

 Charity: Water is one of the major inspirations of PURE Global Water Expo
 

Decline in Financing for Potable Water Development

UN Figures: Decline in potable water financing

  The Consular Chamber of Commerce is presently reviewing proposals for PURE Global Water Expo venue, catering and hotels.  Affordability for attendees is paramount.  The event will also include a the Chamber’s well-known Dine With Dignitaries, welcoming visiting VIP’s to Las Vegas with personal introductions to Las Vegas society and US officials. 

  The 3-day conference will primarily be a product show, allowing the latest in water purification technologies, such as portable solar-powered water purification systems and the latest in micro-well drilling techniques.  The related shelter and power technologies will also be featured.  Participation by various Non-Governmental Organizations and charities is anticipated, as the Expo will facilitate working outdoor demonstrations of many technologies in one place.  

Las Vegas has been chosen for the first PURE Global Water Expo not only because it is the headquarters of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, but also because it rose from the Mojave Desert in one generation to become the most visited city in the world, due in large part to successful, albeit tumultuous, potable water development.    

The Expo can be followed on Facebook and Twitter, or at www.purewaterexpo.com    

Inquiries by exhibitors, venues, attendees or others may be directed to info@purewaterexpo.com.    

 

 

International Business Association 17th World Trade Conference

Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder and President Emeritus  Jonathan Warren will be the keynote speaker opening the 17th World Trade Conference  & U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Awards, May 4th, 2010 in Ontario, California.

Mr. Warren is a past-President of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations, which later merged into the Las Vegas World Affairs Council.  He co-founded the Consular Chamber of Commerce a not-for-profit, independent, global chamber of commerce; the Order of Consular Emissaries, a group of volunteers supporting Honorary Consulates; Dine With Dignitaries, hosting dignitaries at intimate dinners in many countries; Identify.nu, the Chamber’s proprietary global identity verification service, and;  countries.consul.cc, the Chamber’s proprietary global directory of local area information and mapping.  

Jonathan went on to conceive and create the Office of the Legal Attaché of the Consular Chamber, and the Consultancy of the Consular Chamber.  He then gained acceptance of the Chamber as a institutional member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the first such member in the western United States.

Mr. Warren will be speaking on the catalysts and motives in forming the Consular Chamber, and the capabilities it brings to its membership.  He will also provide his opinions as to where the group will go under its present leadership.  The following afternoon, he will be moderating a panel of experts on Global Opportunity Zones.

 

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