Chilean Consul is first U.S. resident and the only woman to serve on board of directors of 28-year-old global organization of thousands.
18 Nov. 2009, Izmir, Turkey–/ Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Brussels-based Federation Internationale des Corps et Associations Consulaires (FICAC), known in English as the World Federation of Consuls.
FICAC is a United Nations-recognized NGO, formed in Copenhagen in 1982. The Organization is a global network of Consular Associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States. FICAC has over 3000 consul members on every continent, and is often credited with interpreting and promoting global adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.
Receiving the FICAC Medal of Honor, Bangkok, November 2007
Consul Biggs Sparkuhl is native of Chile and 25-year resident of Las Vegas. She was appointed Honorary Consul of Chile by President Lagos in 2002, and is founder and Chairperson of the Consular Chamber of Commerce. Involved with FICAC since 2005, she has participated in FICAC board meetings, conferences, and the organization’s signature event, the World Congress of Consuls, in Mexico, Jamaica, Belgium, Thailand, Ghana, Monaco and Cyprus. The organization just completed its latest World Congress of Consuls in Izmir, Turkey.
Awards Ceremony, FICAC Conference in Monte Carlo, February, 2009.
Consul Biggs Sparkuhl has served as the North American Membership Chairperson of FICAC since 2008, and has expanded membership to include Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado and her home of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2007 she was awarded the FICAC Medal of Honor by President Arnold Foote at the World Congress of Consuls in Bangkok Thailand.
“It has been an absolute pleasure participating with FICAC, and later
With President Foote and the Kings of Elmina, Ghana, October, 2008
serving FICAC in North America as Membership Chair. I am overwhelmed with excitement at the opportunities presented by being a member of the Board of Directors. It is such an honor to be the first Board member residing in the United States, and the only one who wears a skirt! Hosting the US Seat in Las Vegas also opens many doors.
“I find myself in extraordinary company of great and distinguished friends, from all over the world, whom I have come to hold so dear. I thank President Foote and all of the members of the Board of Directors, and the membership of FICAC, for having the faith in my abilities to elevate me to this position and peerage. I am humbled, and ready to engage!”
– Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile