Growing up the son of a diplomat, Manuel Estuardo Roldán, the new ambassador of Guatemala, always aspired to joining the foreign service. Since becoming a diplomat in 1989, his career has closely mirrored that of his father. For instance, he started off as a desk officer responsible for Panama, a position similar to his father's, who was once a desk officer in charge of Central American affairs. Mr. Roldán and his father have each served as Guatemala's deputy head of mission in Mexico, many years apart. His father was also Guatemala's ambassador to Brazil, the position that Mr. Roldán held prior to arriving in Ottawa last month to replace Carlos Jimenez, who's now ambassador to Brazil.