Enrique Alvarado, Ambassador Of Venezuela In Hungary

  • 10 Sep 2020 6:57 AM
Enrique Alvarado, Ambassador Of Venezuela In Hungary
Corporate Attorney, journalist, and politician. Born in 1954, Mr. Alvarado has ample professional experience in international relations, communications, and politics in Latin America and Spain.

In his role as consultant and chief of communications for Venezuelan Ex-president Dr. Rafael Caldera, Enrique has had close relationships with multiple governments and leaders from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

He is professionally recognized for his organizational, political communication, and foreign relations abilities, put to work with the main media outlets in Latin America and Spain. Mr. Alvarado has been a neighbor of Caracas, Madrid, and Miami.

He has traveled to over 86 countries.

In the academic front, he has Master’s Degrees in International Relations, Cooperation, and Organization of large events in prestigious Spanish universities.

1. When did you come to Hungary and what brought you here?
I arrived in Budapest on April 19, 2019 when I was appointed representative of the interim and legitimate president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó Márquez, to the government of Hungary.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
I have previously both done Postgraduate studies and lived in Spain.

3. What surprised you the most about Hungary?
Its history and its fascinating Magyar nationalism.

4. Friends are in Budapeste for a weekend. What should they see and do?
Walk Budapest, explore the Buddha mountains and take a stroll along the Danube bank all the way to Szentendre.

5. What is your favorite Hungarian food?
Halaszlé - delicious!

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
A good and diverse set of cheeses - always a good conduit for meaningful dialogue.

7. What is your favorite Hungarian word?
Egészségedre, very similar to what we use in a similar context in Spanish: ¡salúd! (Health)

8. What do you miss most about home?
Enjoying the view of the beautiful Ávila Mountain in Caracas.

9. What other career besides yours would you like to pursue?
Journalism, especially in this age of misinformation.

10. What is the job you definitely never want?
I could never work in law enforcement using physical force against people.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Doing the Camino de Santiago - a refreshing and thoroughly introspective experience.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next vacation?
In complete freedom and democracy in Venezuela.

13. Aside from temptation, what can't you resist?
I cannot resist the feeling of frustration and injustice seeing how my country bleeds every day while it remains under the grip of an unjust, illegitimate, and usurper government.

14. What was your favorite band, movie, or hobby when you were a teenager?
Funnily and ironically enough compared to question 10, The Police.

15. Red or white wine?
Red, always.

16. Book or movie?
Book, especially those by contemporary Venezuelan intellectuals such as Rómulo Gallegos or Carlos Rangel - I recommend them to your readership!

17. Morning or night?
Morning! I like my days to be as productive as possible.

18. What social issue interests you the most?
Inequality of opportunity. A successful and healthy, growing country needs to guarantee equal access to opportunity to all of its citizens!

19. The Buda side or the Pest side?
I'm a proud inhabitant of the Pest side of the city.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
"Strength and Faith" - a phrase which has become the symbol of a large segment of us representing the Venezuelan legitimate government.

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