Juan Gabriel Valdés was minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Chile (1999-2000) and ambassador of Chile to the United States (2014-2018). He previously served as ambassador and permanent representative of Chile to the United Nations, ambassador of Chile to the Republic of Argentina, and ambassador of Chile to the Kingdom of Spain. From 2004 to 2006, he was the special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and chief of the United Nations Mission MINUSTAH in Haiti.
Valdés holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Essex, England, and a PhD in Political Science from Princeton University, and has been a research fellow at Princeton University and at Notre Dame Kellogg Institute of International Relations.
He has also taught Latin American international relations at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 2008, under the auspices of the Presidency of Chile, he organized “Imagen de Chile”, a public foundation dedicated to the promotion of Chile in the world. Since 2010 he has been a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (CEPAL) and for CAF – Development Bank for Latin America. Valdés is a member of the board of the Global Leadership Foundation and of the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University.
Valdés was an event speaker at the Dialogue.