Latin America Regional Advisory Council /

María Ángela Holguín

With over 20 years of diplomatic experience, María Ángela Holguín is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (2010-2018). In this role, she also served as the delegate of President Juan Manuel Santos in the peace negotiations with the FARC, and was a member of the Post-Conflict Cabinet. 

María Ángela has also held positions including Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations; Ambassador of Colombia to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry; and First Secretary of the Embassy of Colombia in Paris, overseeing commercial affairs. Her extensive professional experience also includes serving as the Private Secretary of the Attorney General and representing the Interamerican Development Bank-CAF in Argentina. 

A political scientist by education, María Ángela holds specialisations in Public Administration and Administrative Institutions from the Universidad de los Andes and in Diplomacy and Strategy from the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS) in Paris, France. She authored the book “La Venezuela que Viví” and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several companies.