L-R Consul General de Leon (center) with other Consuls General & Consuls at a recent Society of Foreign Consuls event; Consul General de Leon 12 September 2013, New York.
Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. assumed the Presidency of the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York on 07 September 2013. The Society was founded in 1925 and represents the world’s largest Consular Corps with over 113 New York City-based Consulates as members. The Society aims to promote closer economic, cultural and political relations as well as strengthening ties with the US, the host country and New York City, the host city. The Society of Foreign Consuls organizes events on matters of mutual interest and concern among its members including seminars, talks by leading figures in different fields, tourism, trade, and cultural promotions. The members of the Society also promote a spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and sharing of best practices among the members of the Consular Corps in New York. Consul General de Leon takes over from the immediate past President Consul General Phil Scanlan of Australia. Prior to assuming the Presidency, Consul General de Leon served as Vice President for the East Asia and Western Pacific Region of the Society. Consul General de Leon presided over the first Autumn Meeting of the Society on 10 September 2013 which was held at the Consulate General of Switzerland. In heading the organization, he pledged to work closely with Society members in coming up with a substantive slate of initiatives and events in the coming months.