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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

This ministry’s mission is to contribute to the formulation of Chile’s foreign policy. Its organizational structure drives and coordinates policy implementation by interacting with public and private stakeholders to safeguard the interests of Chile and Chileans around the world.

Andrés Allamand

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER

Mr Allamand has a degree in law from Universidad de Chile.

From 1996 until 1998, he led the Instituto Libertad, a political research and legislative advisory center. Mr Allamand served as a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with a branch in Washington D.C. in the US. He also served as visiting professor at Georgetown University. He joined Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in 2001 and headed up its School of Government between 2002 and 2007.

Andrés Allamand was a founder of the Renovación Nacional (RN) party and served as its vice-president and then secretary-general, before becoming president between 1990 and 1997

Mr Allamand served in the Chamber of Deputies from 1994 to 1998, representing District 23, which covers the Santiago municipalities of Las Condes, Vitacura and Lo Barnechea. Between 2006 and 2011, he served as senator for the Los Ríos Region, District 16, which covers the provinces of Valdivia, Puerto Montt and Quellón. From January 2011 to November 2012, he held the position of Defense Minister and then, in 2014, was elected senator for the 7th district — Santiago West — in the Metropolitan Region.

Carolina Valdivia

FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNDERSECRETARY

Ms. Valdivia holds a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master's Degree in Law and Economics from the Instituto Ortega y Gasset - Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Prior to this appointment, she served as Legal Director at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. She was formerly Agency Executive Coordinator at the International Court of Justice at the Hague for the legal case “Obligation to negotiate sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean between Bolivia and Chile”. Ms. Valdivia also practiced law in Spain and Chile with the legal firm Cariola Diez Pérez Cotapos & Cía Ltda.

She has had a number of academic works published. She is a visiting professor of Public International Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Ms. Valdivia also teaches the Frontiers and Neighborhood Policy course at the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, along with several specialization courses for officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and other State entities.

She is a member of the Chilean Society of International Law and the American Society of International Law.

Rodrigo Yáñez

International Economic Relations Undersecretary

Mr. Yáñez holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and a master’s in Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

As of March 2018, he served as director general of International Economic Relations of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, where he headed the intense agenda of bilateral negotiations for new agreements and the modernization of older instruments. In this position he also participated actively in multilateral trade forums such as APEC, Pacific Alliance, OECD, WTO, and in his role as Sherpa in the G20 representing Chile’s interests.

Previously, as of 2015, Mr. Yáñez was director of Financial Services at Deloitte Chile, overseeing the services related to business intelligence, anticorruption, compliance and regulation. He was recognized for his outstanding work in the area of Compliance in the 2018 edition of the Chambers and Partners Latin America guide, which identifies the best law firms and attorneys of the region.

He was also a member of the Public Works Concessions Panel (2014-2018), the Council System of Public Companies (2013-2014), and the International Cooperation Agency (2012-2014).

In the period from 2010 to 2014, he served as an advisor on international and regulatory matters to the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and, among other things, was responsible for developing proposals on foreign policy matters and supervising the implementation of public policy initiatives from different ministries.