Andrés Allamand is a Chilean senator and former defense minister. From 1994 to 1998, Allamand was a national deputy representing Las Condes, Vitacura, and Lo Barnechea. Later, in 2006, he was elected senator for the Los Lagos region. In 2011, after Sebastián Piñera assumed the presidency, Allamand was appointed minister of defense. Since 2014, Allamand has again served as a senator. Allamand studied law at the University of Chile and has taught in the MBA program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. A student activist participating in politics from 1972 onward, Allamand left the Independent Democratic Union Party in 1987 to co-found the National Renewal Party.