Juan Gabriel Valdés was minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Chile; ambassador and permanent representative of Chile to the United Nations; ambassador of Chile to Spain and Argentina. He also served as special representative of the secretary general of the United Nations and chief of the United Nations mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Mr. Valdés holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Essex, England, and a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University, and has been a research fellow at Princeton University and at Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He has also taught Latin American international relations at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 2008, he organized under the auspices of the presidency of Chile a public foundation dedicated to the promotion of Chile in the world, "Imagen de Chile." Since 2010 he has been a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America, (CEPAL) of the United Nations and of CAF, Development Bank for Latin America.