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Marcos Barraza Gómez is a Chilean psychologist and politician and has been Chile’s Minister of Social Development since 2015.

He was previously the Undersecretary for Social Welfare of the Ministry of Labour and Vice-President for the Southern Cone of the Ibero-American Social Security Organization (OISS).

He has also acted as a trade union adviser, assisting with collective bargaining and performance evaluation. He has conducted research into the Chilean social security system together with professionals from the Alejandro Lipschutz Science Institute (ICAL) and the National Centre for Alternative Development Studies (CENDA), analysing and developing proposals for pension and social security systems. He was the Director of ICAL and carried out research into labour rights and substandard working conditions among retail, service and forestry workers.

Marcos Barraza Gómez qualified as a social and clinical psychologist at the University of Santiago, Chile (USACH). He holds a diploma in Forensic Psychological Assessment for Sex Crimes and a bachelor’s degree in Sciences and Humanities, and has a qualification in Personnel Administration Technology from USACH. He has also qualified as a Social Educator with the Matríztico Institute. He was a student leader, President of the USACH Student Federation and student representative on the university governing council.

Marcos Barraza Gómez

Marcos Barraza

Minister of Social Development of Chile