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Ricardo Herrera Saldías is a Chilean political scientist and currently Executive Director of the Chilean International Cooperation for Development Agency (AGCID).
He has a wealth of experience with international and cooperation affairs. He was the Scientific and Cooperation Attaché at the Embassy of Chile to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg from 2000 to 2006, during which time he headed the team negotiating cooperation issues for the Association Agreement with the European Union (2000-2002). Before that, he was the Science and Cooperation Attaché at the Embassy of Chile to Spain (1997-2000), Political Adviser to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996-1997), Science and Cooperation Attaché at the Embassy of Chile to Belgium and Luxembourg (1993-1996) and Political Adviser to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1990-1993).
He has also served as Ambassador and Consul General of Chile in the Plurinational State of Bolivia (2009-2011) and a member of the International Cooperation Agency board (2006-2009). He has been a consultant to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), a research associate on the “New Policies for a Social Agenda” Regional Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2006-2007) and UNDP Consultant on the regional Project on Democratic Development in Latin America (PRODDAL) (2001-2006).
He has a degree in Political Science from ARCIS University, a diploma in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a master’s degree in International Relations, with a specialization in Latin America, from the Ortega y Gasset University Institute (Spain).