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Today, Concordia is proud to announce the appointment of H.E. Luis Almagro to its Leadership Council. 

A highly-reputed career diplomat, Almagro was re-elected in March for a second term as Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Prior to assuming his role at the OAS, Almagro served a five-year tenure as Uruguay’s foreign minister. He has also served as the Uruguayan Ambassador to China. 

As Secretary General of the OAS, Almagro has worked tirelessly to defend democracy and human rights in the Western Hemisphere. Among its many diplomatic efforts, his administration has forcefully spoken out against the rupture of democracy in Venezuela, led the search for solutions to the Nicaraguan crisis, placed the restoration of Cuban democracy at the forefront of the regional agenda, and spearheaded the creation of the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). 

At the 2016 Concordia Americas Summit, Almagro joined political activist Maria Corina Machado, human rights advocate Lilian Tintori, and others for a session titled “Road to Recovery: Venezuela’s Uphill Battle.” During the session, Almagro reaffirmed his commitment to the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which outlines provisions and measures to be taken when democracy has been subverted in a country in the Americas.

“Latin America has remained a focal point for Concordia since 2011,” commented Concordia Co-Founders Nicholas Logothetis and Matthew Swift. “His Excellency’s regional expertise, dedication to human rights, and lifelong commitment to public service will strengthen Concordia’s efforts to build much-needed global collaboration in today’s uncertain world.”

Upon accepting the invitation, Almagro commented: “It is an honor to be named a member of the Concordia Leadership Council. Together we will work to articulate partnerships for more social impact and to build a just hemisphere, one without dictatorships.”

To view the full Concordia Leadership Council, click here.