January 20, 2014
NEW AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NORTHERN IRELAND TAKES UP HIS DUTIES
• At a date yet to be confirmed, Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering will be invited by Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace in order to personally present to her the original Letters of Credence through which President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, requested his accreditation.
London, England, January 20, 2014.- Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering presented today to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) a copy of the Letters of Credence accrediting him as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatic Representative of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and international agencies based in this country.
In a brief ceremony, Ambassador Gomez Pickering presented the documents to Anna Clunes, Her Majesty´s Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and FCO´s Director of Protocol.
At a later date, yet to be confirmed, the Ambassador will be invited by the English Monarch to Buckingham Palace in order to formally present to her the original Letters of Credence through which President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, requested his accreditation.
As well as being a foreign affairs specialist, writer and journalist, Ambassador Gomez has previously collaborated with President Peña Nieto, and from December 2012 worked as the Director for Foreign Media within the Office of the Presidency. Moreover, he was head of Foreign Press Coordination for both President Peña Nieto´s presidential campaign and throughout his transition period as President elect.
He holds a B.A. in International Relations from ITAM, an M.A. on the same subject from the University of Columbia as well as a Postgraduate degree in Development Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.
He has worked as a journalist for CNN in Mexico City and the Americas edition of the Wall Street Journal, in addition to spending time as an international correspondent for Panamanian newspaper La Prensa, as well as working for various other Mexican and Hispano-American publications such as Reforma, Excelsior and El Universal in the U.S., Mexico, East Africa and the Middle East.
He has worked as a consultant and advisor to agencies of the United Nations, including UNESCO, the United Nations’ Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development, the International Labour Organisation, the Office for Humanitarian Affairs Coordination and the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Ambassador Gomez is an associate of the Mexican Council for International Affairs (COMEXI). He is also a member of the board of Child’s Fund Mexico and the American Society of Mexico.
Between 2008 and 2011 he lived in Damascus, Syria, where he worked as a communications consultant for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
Additionally, he spent time with the Mexican Foreign Service. In 2007 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he worked as the Mexican Embassy´s cultural attaché. Said Diplomatic Mission represented Mexico to six neighbouring countries and was a focal point of the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme; HABITAT.
In 2000, he lived in Hanover, Germany, where he was part of the public relations team in charge of the Mexican Government’s pavilion at the Universal Exhibition, showcased in said city.
He has published and edited more than a dozen books of prose and fiction, both individually and as part of collaborative works, such as Los Jueves en Nairobi (Thursday’s in Nairobi, 2010), and La Primavera de Damasco (Spring in Damascus 2013). His work has been translated in to English, French, Swahili, Arabic and Russian.
He has published numerous editorials and academic and journalistic articles over the past 16 years for various publications from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and the U.S.A., such as Foreign Affairs, the Journal of International Affairs and Letras Libres.
Gomez Pickering is multilingual, being fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German and will be taking over from Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, who was posted to the United Kingdom in December 2009 and as of the 9th of January 2013, is head of the Embassy of Mexico to the United States of America.