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President Piñera appoints new Chilean Ambassadors to Ecuador and New Zealand

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodoro Ribera, informed that the President of the Republic, Sebastián Piñera, has appointed as Ambassadors of Chile in Ecuador and New Zealand the career diplomats, Rodrigo Pérez and Hugo Ignacio Llanos respectively. Both have already received the respective approval.

Ambassador Pérez studied journalism and graduated from the "Andrés Bello" Diplomatic Academy where he later taught the subject of Ceremonial and Protocol. Among the functions he has performed at the Foreign Ministry are those of Deputy Director of the Directorate of European Affairs and of the Department of Ceremonial of the General Directorate of Ceremonial and Protocol. Until his appointment, he served as Ambassador to Malaysia. Previously he was Director of European Affairs.

Abroad he has been Ambassador of Chile in Honduras, Consul General in Guayaquil and in Los Angeles. He has also served in the Chilean Embassies in Ecuador, Paraguay, the Philippines, Argentina and Mexico. During his stay in Ecuador, he was a columnist for the newspaper "Hoy".

Ambassador Llanos is a lawyer and holds a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a graduate of the "Andrés Bello" Diplomatic Academy and a Doctor of International Public Law from the Institute of Higher International Studies of the University of Geneva. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University Law School.

He has worked at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the International Organizations in Geneva, at the Chilean Embassies in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations in New York.

He has been Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization and Political Coordinator of Chile in the United Nations Security Council.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago, he has been head of the United Nations Department and Head of the Security Council Unit. From July 2015 to December 2017 he served as Director of Multilateral Policy. Prior to his appointment, Llanos served as Ambassador to Iran.