Esteemed diplomat Ronald Austin CCH, is a ‘Special Person’

Esteemed diplomat Ronald Austin CCH, is a ‘Special Person’

“I have had the privilege of working with the finest collection of individuals including Sir Shridath Ramphal, Rudolph Collins, Cecil Pilgrim, Cedric Joseph, Rashleigh Jackson and Noel Sinclair. Their knowledge; their competence and their culture…Words cannot explain how grateful I am to these gentlemen.”

Ronald Austin

By Suraj Narine
With over 35 years of service to Guyana in the field of diplomacy, our Special Person this week, has surely set the bar high for persons desirous of entering into the Foreign Service.


He is a proud recipient of the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH) and has served as the Guyana’s Ambassador to China and Deputy High Commissioner to Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently Director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.     

Ronald Mortimer Austin was born on the 16th of December 1949 in Da Silva Street, Newtown, to George and Hyacinth Austin. He grew up with five siblings: Myrna, Mariette, Phillene and Phillip – who were twins, and Keith Michael.
He vividly remembers his formative years growing up in Newtown – a community which he described as small and multiracial, and “contained villagers who respected and looked out for each other”. It was also where his childhood was encapsulated.   [Read more]

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