José Octavio Bordón is ambassador of Argentina to Chile. He was previously the director of the Center for Global Affairs at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and is a former deputy, senator, and governor for Mendoza Province. He also served as ambassador of Argentina to the United States from 2003 to 2007. Bordón has been a professor of political sociology at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, visiting professor at Georgetown University, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has also been a professor and lecturer at numerous other universities in Argentina, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Bordón graduated in sociology from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires in 1970. He became President of the Fundación Andina in 1982 and in 1983 he was elected to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies as deputy for Mendoza Province. During that time, he was deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee. In 1987 Bordón was elected governor of Mendoza Province, stepping down in 1991. The following year he was elected to the Argentine Senate. In 1994, he helped form a new alliance, the Front for a Country in Solidarity (FrePaSo) and was the party’s presidential candidate for the 1995 general elections, obtaining second place with 30% of the votes. He has also been minister of culture, education, and sciences for the province of Buenos Aires and was president of the Ibero-American Parliamentarian Group for the 75th Meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Ottowa. He was also part of the Bicameral Delegation of the Argentine Congress that, in 1985, visited the United Kingdom for the first time after the Falklands/Malvinas war.
Currently he is also a member of the Board of Directors of CARI (the Argentine International Relations Council) and President of the Advisory Council of CIPPEC (the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equality and Growth).
Bordón is on leave from the Dialogue while he serves as ambassador of Argentina to Chile.