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Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria in AustriaHer Excellency MS. Maria Oyeyinka Laose is the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Austria and to Slovakia. She is also the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Organisations in Vienna.

Ambassador Laose was born on 7th October 1954. She graduated in French with BA (Honours) from University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile-Ife in June, 1975. After her National Youth Service, she worked as a French/English Translator at the International Secretariat of FESTAC and thereafter joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria on 3rd March 1978, and rose through the ranks to become Foreign Service Officer Special Grade, the highest career rank, in January 2006.

She was sent on Portuguese Language Course in Lisbon, Portugal in 1981 and then served as diplomatic officer at the Nigerian Mission in Paris (France) in 1982-1986, at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York (USA) in 1992 – 1998, and at the Embassy/Permanent Mission of Nigeria here in Vienna where she also served as Charge De'Affaires.

She served in various departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the International Organisations Department, Training and Welfare Division, European Affairs Division, African Department, and Protocol Department. Before her appointment, she was the Director in charge of International Organisations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. She arrived in Vienna on 22nd June, 2011 and has since assumed duty.

Ambassador Laose is an expert on disarmament and international security related matters, and in this capacity, participated in many multilateral, regional, and bilateral conferences and programmes, including the United Nations Fellowship Programme on Disarmament, which first brought her to the IAEA in Vienna in August/September 1987.

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