Algirdas Kudzys, 45, a former mayor of Vilnius, is to become ambassador to Japan as of Dec. 17. Kudzys is currently a member of Vilnius City Council and teaches at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. He is also vice president of the Lithuanian-Japanese Association.
Kudzys is a fluent Japanese speaker. He met his Japanese wife Masako while participating in an exchange program in Japan several years ago. He replaces acting Lithuanian charge d'affaires to Japan Dainius Kamaitis.
Sean Farrell, 55, is the first ambassador of Ireland to reside in Tallinn. He presented his credentials to President Arnold Ruutel last week.
Farrell has had a long string of diplomatic jobs. A history graduate, he served as vice consul in Chicago from 1973 to 1975, and was first secretary of the Irish Embassy in Washington D.C. until 1977. Later he was the press officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, first secretary of the Irish Embassy in Netherlands, and press officer of the embassy in London.
Farrell was an EU monitor at the European Community mission to the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and 1992. From 1992 to 1995 he was deputy Irish joint secretary at the British-Irish secretariat in Maryfield and Belfast.
From then until 1998 he was the counselor in charge of EU external relations at the Irish permanent mission to the EU in Brussels. He specialized in relations with the EU's associated and candidate countries, and in 1998 he became the Irish representative of the enlargement group.
Farrell is married with three kids. He cites reading, music, chess and sports among his interests.