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Juan Gabriel Valdés

Guest Speaker

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Ambassador of Chile to the United States

Full Biography

The Honorable Juan Gabriel Valdés is the Ambassador of Chile to the United States. Previously, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Chile to Spain and Argentina. He has also served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. From December 2007 until 2011 he was the Executive Director of the “Fundación Imagen de Chile,” a public foundation coordinating public and private institutions in the promotion of Chile’s public diplomacy. Throughout his career, Ambassador Valdés has consulted for numerous international institutions, including the United Nations Development Program, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and the United Nations Program of International Relations in Latin America (RIAL). Ambassador Valdés is the author of Pinochet’s Economists: The Chicago School in Chile, among other publications. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Essex, a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University, and has been a research fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute of International Relations.