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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.

Teodoro Ribera

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER

Ribera holds a law degree from the Universidad de Chile and Doctor "Iuris Utriusque" from Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg in Germany.

He was elected to Congress as a representative of La Araucanía District 51 (Carahue, Nueva Imperial, Saavedra, Teodoro Schmidt, Freire, Pitrufquén) in 1989 to serve from 1990 to 1994. He was reelected in 1993 to serve from 1994 to 1998.

He was a member of the Constitution, Legislation and Justice Commission and Second Vice President of the Chamber from March 14, 1995 to March 19, 1996. He left his position as Congressman in 1998.

After that, he was appointed Rector of the Universidad Autónoma de Chile, a position that he held until 2011. During that time, he also taught Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Chile Law School.

His articles on international law have been published in Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina and Germany. The latter country awarded him the Order of Merit.

He directed Televisión Nacional de Chile from 2000 to 2003 and served on Chile’s Constitutional Court from 2006 to 2009.

He served as Justice Minister from July 18, 2011 to December 2012 during President Sebastián Piñera’s first term.

In 2015, he returned to his position as Rector at the Universidad Autónoma de Chile.

He is married and has three children.

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

Subsecretario de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales

Abogado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) y Máster en Regulación del London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Desde marzo de 2018 se desempeñó como Director General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, donde lideró la intensa agenda de negociaciones bilaterales para nuevos acuerdos y la modernización de instrumentos más antiguos. En el cargo también tuvo una activa participación en los foros multilaterales de comercio como APEC, Alianza del Pacífico, OCDE, OMC, además de su rol como Sherpa en el G20 representando los intereses de Chile.

Previamente, y desde 2015, Rodrigo Yáñez fue Director de Servicios Financieros de Deloitte Chile, donde lideró las líneas de servicios en Inteligencia de Negocios, Anticorrupción, Cumplimiento y Regulatorio, siendo reconocido en la versión 2018 de la guía Chambers and Partners Latin America –que identifica a los mejores estudios y abogados de la región– por su destacada labor en el área de Cumplimiento.

Fue también miembro del Panel de Concesiones de Obras Públicas (2014-2018); del Consejo del Sistema de Empresas Públicas (2013-2014); y de la Agencia de Cooperación Internacional (2012-2014).

En el periodo 2010 a 2014, se desempeñó como asesor internacional y de temas regulatorios de la Presidencia de la República, Sebastián Piñera, donde entre otras responsabilidades, desarrolló propuestas en materias de política exterior y supervisó la implementación de iniciativas de políticas públicas de diferentes ministerios.

 

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