The Consulate of Latvia in New York represents the Republic of Latvia in the United States, specifically in the New York area. Covering the 5 Boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, its broad mission is to promote Latvian interests in New York and to provide assistance to Latvians visiting New York and who live here. The Consulate seeks to assist in fostering broader knowledge in New York about Latvia and to facilitate increased business, educational, and cultural relations between New York - the world's International Capital and Latvia - one of the European Union's fastest growing and historically and culturally interesting nations. The Honorary Consul is Mr. Daris Delins, who has held this position since 2007.
Daris Gunars Delins was born in Melbourne, Australia, is of Latvian parentage, and has lived in Manhattan since 1999. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Economics cum laude, triple majoring in Economics, Statistics, and Accounting from LaTrobe University. He has also attended the School of Economics / J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar in 1981-82, and completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Delins is an international finance specialist, having worked since 1985 for international organizations including Citigroup, NatWest Markets and UBS in Australia, London and New York. Prior to this, Mr.Delins held the position of Economic advisor to the former Premier of Victoria, Hon. Jeff Kennett, then leader of the Opposition. He was also Graduate Researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research, University of Melbourne, Australia; and thereafter Business Management Analyst, Ford Sales Company of Australia. He is now runs a private financial and business advisory consultancy.
Mr. Delins has been an active member of the Latvian community since childhood. His father Emils Delins, OAM, was the Honorary Consul General for Latvia in Australia from 1983-2004, and from 1949-2003 the editor of 'Australijas Latvietis', the longest running published Latvian newspaper in the world. His brother, Janis R. Delins, is currently the Honorary Consul General for Latvia in Australia. Mr. Delins visits Latvia several times a year. Mr. Delins is married with 2 children.
NB: Honorary Consuls are appointed by the Latvian government but are not their employees and as such do not receive any financial support from the Latvian government or any of their representatives.