Andrés Allamand, lawyer, attended University of Chile’s Law School, where he graduated with the highest distinction. He signed the “National Agreement for the Transition to Full Democracy”, a key document for the Chilean transition that took place in the 1990s. Subsequently, he was elected deputy of the Republic of Chile for one term and senator twice. During his parliamentary career, he was a member of the Education, Constitution, Legislation and Justice, Labor and Social Security Commissions and attended to matters related to International Relations and regionalization processes. Formerly, he worked as a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC, focusing on issues of democratic governance, strengthening of Congresses and empowerment of civil society.
In the academic field, he was Dean of the School of Government at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. In this position he worked on issues related to leadership, reengineering of organizations, linkage between the political and business world and distancing between citizens and public institutions. He also served as Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs. Author and contributor of more than 10 books and several publications, among them, “Politics Matters. Democracy and Development in Latin America” edited by the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
On February 8th, he was elected Ibero-American Secretary General.