Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of América, Alfonso Quiñonez was the Public Affairs Manager for a large industrial conglomerate in Guatemala for a period of 5 years. Prior to his work in the private sector, Ambassador Quiñonez worked at the Organization of American States (OAS) for a period of approximately 15 years until 2015. His last position was Executive Secretary for the Summit of the Americas and Secretary for External Relations. Previously he served for five years as the Executive Secretary for Social and Economic Development and Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and- Development. He joined the OAS in 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies. Before joining the OAS, Ambassador Quiñonez was a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service, having held positions in Spain as Counselor, in the United States as Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States until 2000. Ambassador Quiñonez has held a number of positions in different organizations in Guatemala and internationally, such as member of the Board of the US-Guatemala Business Council, the Board of Advisors of the Inter American Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Development Foundation. He has also held different positions in international organizations and academia, such as member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where he chaired its Finance Committee; member of the Advisory Board of the Master’s Program in Integral Economic Development at the Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics; and lecturer at the United States Foreign Service Institute on Latin American and Caribbean issues. He was also a professor at the School of Political Studies and International Relations at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala. He is married and has two children.