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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • AMBASSADOR

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     Mr. Andrzej Kanthak

     

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Kingdom of eSwatini, the Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Zimbabwe based in Pretoria, RSA

     

     

     

     
     
     

    Mr. Andrzej Kanthak serves as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of South Africa, as well as the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Kingdom of eSwatini, the Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Zimbabwe, since February 2017. The residence of the Ambassador is situated in Pretoria.


    Immediately after graduating from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Technology in Poznan, Mr. Andrzej Kanthak worked for ten years in the ship industry in managerial positions involving direct production and design.


    Since 1991 until February 2017, with some breaks, he served as the CEO of consulting company ABC Consulting Ltd, directing the entire company’s affairs and supervising the execution of hundreds of consulting projects in the field of financial advisory services, mainly privatization, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, creating strategic plans and public issues of securities.


    In 1995 – 1996 he acted as the President of the Board of the XIII National Investment Fund PLC and the President of the Board of the Yamaichi Regent ABC Poland (an industrial fund management company), established by the Japanese investment bank Yamaichi Securities with participation of Mitsubishi Corp., Regent Pacific of Hong Kong and ABC Consulting.


    Mr. Andrzej Kanthak served both as chairman and as a member of the supervisory boards of several public companies, representing various sectors of the economy, including stock companies.


    In 2006 – 2007 Mr. Andrzej Kanthak was the President of the Polish Foreign Investment and Information Agency (PAIiIZ). The primary task of the Agency was to support the country's economic development through increasing foreign direct investment and capital  flow to Poland as well as the economic promotion of our country in the world.


    Mr. Andrzej Kanthak has been involved in diplomatic activities since 1994, when he was nominated as the Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Gdansk. He held this position for 22 years until his appointment as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of South Africa. In 2000 – 2010 he acted as the President of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Poland and in 1995 – 1998 he was the director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Gdansk.


    Since 1991 he was a member of the Council and in 2015 – 2017 he served as chairman of the board of the Foundation Theatrum Gedanense, under honorary patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales. The main objective of the foundation was the construction of the Elizabethan theater, which was completed in 2014, and the organization of the annual Shakespeare festivals in Gdansk.


    He is married and has one son. Mr. Andrzej Kanthak’s favourite activities are gardening, hiking and reading.

     

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