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Secretary-General, Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat

February 5th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Business and Globalization, Development, International Relations
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean
Languages: English, Spanish
Field of Work: Government, Politics, United Nations
City: Madrid
Country: Spain
Continent: Europe


Iglesias Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias took office as the first Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat (SECIB) on October 1st, 2005, following his election by the Ibero-American Conference member-states in May.

Between 1988 and 2005 Mr. Iglesias was President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to this, he was Foreign Minister of Uruguay (1985-1988); Executive Secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), (1972-1985); Chairman of the Punta del Este conference that launched the Uruguay Round international trade negotiations in 1986; and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy held in Kenya in 1981. From 1966 to 1968, he served as President of Uruguay’s Central Bank.

Mr. Iglesias has taught economic development at Uruguay’s Universidad de la Republica, where he directed its Institute of Economics. He has written numerous articles, papers and books on Latin American and Uruguayan economic issues, capital markets, external financing and multilateralism.

He has received nine honorary academic degrees from North, South and Central American and European universities, as well as official decorations and professional awards, among them the Principe de Asturias award.

In 2003, the UN Secretary General appointed Mr. Iglesias as a Member of the High Level Group which produced the report “A Safer World: The Responsibility We Share” dealing with the challenges to world peace and security and with UN reform. In 2005, Kofi Annan once again called on Mr. Iglesias as an international expert to take part in the High-Level Group for the Alliance of Civilizations.

Born in Asturias, Spain, Mr. Iglesias is a naturalized Uruguayan citizen. He graduated from Uruguay’s Universidad de la Republica in Economics and Business Administration in 1953 and pursued post graduate specialized studies in the United States and France.

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