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Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez
Ambassador Alfonso Quiñónez is the Secretary for External Relations of the Organization of American States which is responsible for the promotion and image of the Organization. His Secretariat also coordinates the relations with other International Organizations, Permanent Observers and Civil Society as well as the fund raising efforts and cultural activities of the Organization. Previously, he served as the Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Director General of the Inter American Agency for Cooperation and Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating the OAS’ political and cooperation efforts in the areas of social and economic development, particularly in education, labor, culture, science and technology, trade, tourism and sustainable development. He was also responsible for overseeing the Fellowship and Training programs of the OAS.
Previously, he held the position of Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS. Prior to that position, he was the Director of the Department of Policies and Programs for Development. He joined the OAS in July, 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies.
During ten years, Ambassador Quiñónez was a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service, having held positions in Spain, the United States, and from January, 1998 through April, 2000, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. As a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service and then as a member of the OAS General Secretariat, Ambassador Quinonez has participated in multiple international conferences and meetings. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Ambassador Quiñónez is an attorney graduated from Francisco Marroquin University of Guatemala and holds a masters degree in Common Law Studies from Georgetown University. He was also a fellow at the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland, studying United States Foreign Policy Making. He was also a fellow at the Inter-American Defense College, having been the first Guatemalan civilian that attended that institution. During 2000 and 2001, he was a professor in the Schools of Law and International Relations of the Francisco Marroquin University in his native Guatemala. Currently he is a member of Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development at the Department of Business and Economics of The Catholic University of America.
Beatriz Piñeres: Specialist / SIRG Coordinator - Tel: 202-370-0667
Savio D'Souza: Communications Specialist - Tel: 202-370-0697
Jennifer Molina-Vrolijk: Administrative Assistant - Tel: 202-370-0707
Patricia Andrade: Consultant/Follow-up and Implementation - Tel: 202-370-0684
Yolanda Torres: Consultant/Social Actors - Tel: 202-370-0763
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