Biography
03/12/2016

​Born in Madrid in 1957, he holds a degree in Law and a degree in Philosophy and Literature. He holds a Diploma from the College of Europe (Bruges) and was awarded a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.

After joining the diplomatic corps in 1983, he was posted to the Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, then to the Spanish Embassy in Israel and the Permanent Representation to the United Nations in Geneva.

Between 1992 and 2000, he was a diplomatic adviser to the International Department of the Cabinet Office of the Presidency of the Government, firstly, responsible for the Maghreb, the Middle East and Asia, and then, responsible for Ibero-American Affairs and the United Nations. During this time, he was also an associate professor in International Public Law at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Carlos III University. He was also a member of the Hispanic-Portuguese-American Institute for International Law.

In May 2000, he was appointed as Director of the Department of International Studies and Relations of the Cabinet Office of the Presidency of the Government, running 20 departments of information and coordinating information from the European Councils.

In July 2002, he joined the Secretariat for Ibero-American Cooperation in charge of communication. In 2005, he became the Assistant Director of the Cabinet Office of the Ibero-American Secretariat-General and headed up the office as from 2008.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Spanish Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, a post he held until 3 December 2016, when he was appointed as the State Secretary for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America.

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