Lino Gutiérrez is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (2003-2006) and U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua (1996-1999). From 1999 to 2002, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department, including a stint as Acting Assistant Secretary from 2001-2002. From 2002-2003, Gutiérrez occupied the George Kennan chair as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. Other overseas postings included tours in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas. Ambassador Gutiérrez served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez on Cuba transition and Latin America from 2007-09. Gutiérrez has been the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times). He has also earned the U.S. Army’s civilian award.
Lino Gutiérrez is currently a Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is also the CEO of Gutiérrez Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing on strategic advice for corporations interested in investing in Latin America and Europe.