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Ministry of the Interior and Public Security

The Interior Ministry proposes regulations and initiatives related to internal policies that are designed to maintain public order and safeguard security and social peace. It also applies these regulations, through the different Interior Government authorities. The ministry coordinates other ministries where their area of responsibility relates to public security.

Víctor Pérez

INTERIOR AND PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER

Mr Pérez has a degree in law from Universidad de Concepción and is an active member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party. He attended the José Victorino Lastarría school and the Liceo de Hombres in Concepción. Later he entered the Law Faculty of Universidad de Concepción, where he earned his law degree.

He has served in a range of public roles. In 1989, Mr Pérez was elected as an independent deputy for the Biobío Region, a position he held for 4 consecutive periods. In 2005, he began his career as a senator for the Biobío Region and he was re-elected in 2013. During his period as a senator, he served on the following committees: Housing and Urban Development, Government, Decentralization and Regionalization.

Katherine Martorell

CRIME PREVENTION UNDERSECRETARY

Katherine Martorell holds a Degree and a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) with a major in Regulatory Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  She was a council member representing the Quinta Normal district from 2012 to 2016 and ran for representative of District No. 9 in the 2017 Parliamentary Elections.

Between 2011 and 2014, Ms. Martorell served as the Director of the Territorial Management Unit in the Telecommunications Undersecretary's Office, where she coordinated and managed cross-cutting government issues such as gender, decentralization, disability and indigenous affairs.

She also worked as Director of Sustainability and Communities for the company ENTEL from 2015 to 2017.

She is single and is an active member of the Renovación Nacional political party.

Juan Masferrer

Regional and Administrative Development UNDERSECRETARY

Mr. Masferrer has a Degree in Law from Universidad Andrés Bello. Before his appointment as Regional Governor, he was Director of Student Affairs at Universidad Del Desarrollo.

Prior to that he served as General Director of Student Life and National Director of the Leadership School at Universidad San Sebastián.

Throughout his career, he has been closely involved with university life, first as a participant and organizer of volunteer work in the federations when he was a student, and later as a professional in different departments at Universidad San Sebastián and Universidad del Desarrollo.

Mr. Masferrer is an active member of the  Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party, was the General Secretary for Youth of his party and a candidate for the regional council in 2013.

Juan Francisco Galli

INTERIOR UNDERSECRETARY

Mr. Galli holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica and completed graduate studies in Economics and Finance for Attorneys at the Universidad de Chile’s School of Economic and Administrative Sciences. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He has substantial experience in the public sector in a wide range of areas including public finance, national security, defense and energy, and particularly in the area of negotiation, regulation, public policy evaluation and inter-governmental coordination. Mr. Galli has served as an advisor to members of Congress and worked in the central government to process and negotiate various bills before Congress.

He served as advisory counsel to the Treasury Ministry Cabinet (2003-2006), advisor in Institutional Development to the Energy Ministry (2008-2010), Chief of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Energy Ministry (2010), Chief Legislative Advisor to the Interior and Public Security Ministry (2010-2013), and Cabinet Chief in the National Defense Ministry (2013-2014).

He earned the title of professional football referee in the National Football Institute; represented the Chilean government as a co-agent before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Lonkos case (a case involving leaders of the Mapuche people); and was a Renovación Nacional candidate for council member for the Lo Espejo and Vitacura districts.

Mr. Galli has served as Legal and Legislative Director of thinktank Fundación Avanza Chile since August 2014.

He is an active member of Renovación Nacional. He is married to Marina Junge Roeckel and has three children.