Martín Torrijos served as president of Panama from 2004 to 2009. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2010 and sits on the Board of Directors.
Prior to his election as president, Torrijos served as deputy minister for the interior and justice, handling matters involving national security, public transport, communications, as well as a modernization of the national penitentiary system.
As president, Torrijos oversaw the passing of a USD 5 billion expansion plan of the Panama Canal and negotiated the Panama-US Trade Promotion Agreement.
Torrijos received his BA in economics and political science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and is a graduate of St. John’s Military Academy.