New German Honorary Consul to St. Kitts and NevisEnlarge image Ambassador Dr. Ernst Martens and Honorary Consul Mrs. Denise Parris-Mertins (© German Embassy)
On 16 May 2009 a new German Honorary Consul to St. Kitts and Nevis, Mrs. Denise Parris-Mertins, was installed by the then German Ambassador, Dr. Ernst Martens.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. It was accompanied by a reception hosted by the Ambassador and his wife Christine Martens.
The position of German Honorary Consul in St. Kitts and Nevis was formerly held by Mr. Reginald Kawaja of RL Kawaja and Associates. After his retirement the position remained vacant for a number of years.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to have found a highly qualified Kittitian for this important position. Mrs. Denise Parris-Mertins is a senior officer of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange in Basseterre, a position she has held since 2005. Previously, she was working as a consultant for the Panamerican Health Organisation in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and prior to that for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. Starting in 1982, Mrs. Denise Parris-Mertins was employed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), serving in New York, Kenya and Malawi. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Finance) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Management) of Baruch College, City University of New York.
Mrs. Denise Parris-Mertins is the daughter of Mr. Weston Parris, the first Deputy Governor General of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. She is married to Mr. Walter Mertins, a former German Diplomat. They met while both were working in Africa. After marriage they shared a number of postings abroad, the last one in Port of Spain, Trinidad, while always continuing their respective careers. Since her husband’s retirement from the German Diplomatic Service they are both living in Basseterre.