Full Name
Juan Gabriel Valdes S
Job Title
Ambassador of Chile to the United States of America
Embassy of Chile
Speaker Bio
Juan Gabriel Valdés (1947) was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile from 1999
to 2000. Ambassador of Chile to the United States from 2014 to 2018. Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of Chile to the United Nations (2000-2004). Ambassador of Chile to Spain (1990-
1994) and to Argentina from 2003-2004. From 1996 to 1999 he was Chile's Trade Negotiator. He
also served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief of
the United Nations Mission in Haiti from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Valdés hold a PhD in Political Science
from Princeton University and has been a research fellow and conducted graduate seminars at the
Latin American Studies Center at Princeton University and at Notre Dame Kellogg Institute of
International Relations. From 2006 to 2010 he organized a public foundation dedicated to the
promotion of Chile in the world; “Fundación Imagen de Chile". He is the author of studies on Latin
American political and economic relations. His book "Pinochet's Economists: The Chicago School
of Economics in Chile" was published by Cambridge University Press and was republished this
year by Fondo de Cultura Economica. During the second semester 2010 he was visiting professor
of International Relations at the Institut d’Hautes Etudes de l'Amerique Latine at the University of
Paris, Sorbonne III. In 2011 he joined the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) as a
Consultant in matters of international affairs. After finishing his term as ambassador in
Washington DC in 2019 he was appointed Member of High Level Advisory Board on Mediations
of the Secretary General of the United Nations. During 2019 he was Visiting Professor of
International Relations at Columbia University in New York. Since 2020 until his appointment by
President Boric as Ambassador to the United States he has been Director of Institutional and
Strategic Affairs at the University of Chile in Santiago.
Juan Gabriel Valdes S