About us

Consular Spouses of Shanghai (CSS) is a non-profit network of diplomatic spouses promoting cultural and social exchange between the members as well as the host city, Shanghai.

CSS is run by a board of members elected every two years by simple majority vote.

Meet the board 2019-2020:
President: Oksana Ponomarenko, spouse of Consul General of Ukraine
Vice President: Timea Bolla, spouse of Consul General of Hungary
Cultural Officer: Whitney Heimer, spouse of US Commercial Consul
Website Manager: Hongshu Yin, spouse of Food Attache of Ireland

Meet the board 2018-2019:
President: Oksana Ponomarenko, spouse of Consul General of Ukraine
Administrative Officer and Treasurer: Catherine Hogan-Colon
Charity Liaison Officer: Heewon Kang, spouse of Deputy Consul General of United Kingdom
Cultural Officer: Hongshu Yin, spouse of Food Attache of Ireland
Social Media: Mario Zapata, spouse of Consul General of Ecuador

Meet the board 2017-2018:
President: Nicoletta Beltrame, spouse of Consul General of Italy
Vice President: Oksana Ponomarenko, spouse of Consul General of Ukraine
Administrative Officer and Treasurer: Catherine Hogan-Colon
Charity Liaison Officer: Heewon Kang, spouse of Deputy Consul General of United Kingdom
Cultural Officer: Hongshu
Website Manager: Mario Zapata, spouse of Consul General of Ecuador

The board 2016-2017:
President: Busi Thage, spouse of Consul General of South Africa
Vice President: Nava Levy, spouse of Consul General of Israel
Administrative Officer and Treasurer: Isabella Macchia Pasqualucci, spouse of Italian Trade Commissioner
Charity Liaison Officer: Pei-chin He, spouse of Deputy Consul General of Germany
Cultural Officer: Christophe Catala, partner of Food Attaché of Ireland
Website Manager: Ilse Naves-Scheidel, former Board member working from abroad

The board of 2015-2016:
President: Busi Thage, spouse of Consul General of South Africa
Vice President: Valeria Herrán, spouse of Consul General of Colombia
Administrative Officer and Treasurer: Isabella Macchia Pasqualucci, spouse of Italian Trade Commissioner
Charity Liaison Officer: Lydia Forbes, spouse of Deputy Consul General of United Kingdom
Cultural Officer: Christophe Catala, partner of Food Attaché of Ireland
Website Manager: Ilse Naves-Scheidel, spouse of Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands

The board of 2014 – 2015:
President: Valeria Herrán, spouse of Consul General of Colombia
Vice President: Busi Thage, spouse of Consul General of South Africa
Cultural Officer: Christophe Catala, partner of Food Attaché of Ireland
Administrative Officer and Treasurer: Isabella Macchia Pasqualucci, spouse of Italian Trade Commissioner
Charity Liaison Officer: Lydia Forbes, spouse of Deputy Consul General of United Kingdom

CURRENT CSS MEMBERSHIP