Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Looking East, TPP and the Pacific Allies: a view from Santiago, Chile

Guest Speaker: HE Mr Isauro Torres Negri
Ambassador of Chile in New Zealand

Event Date: Tuesday 10th November 2015
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Wellington CBD
Wellington, Wellington.

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Photo_Ambassador TorresAfter obtaining a Law Degree from the Universidad de Chile, Isauro Torres joined the Foreign Service in March 1979. He was appointed Ambassador in December 2009. He is the Ambassador of Chile to New Zealand since February 2012.

From January 2009 to January 2012 Ambassador Torres served as Director of the Division for North America, Central America and the Caribbean Affairs, MFA. In that capacity he was actively involved in the development of Special Partnerships with “like minded” countries and regions (Chile & California; Chile & Massachusetts).

Ambassador Torres has served three diplomatic terms at the Embassy of Chile in Washington DC (Minister Counsellor and Head of the Political Section from January 1, 2007- December, 2008; First Secretary and Congressional Liaison Officer between 1989 and 1993; and from 1982-1984 Second Secretary in charge of economic affairs).

From 2001-2003 he served as Coordinator for Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in charge of Cooperation (ECOTECH), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later on, from August 2003 to December 2006 he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Chile to the UK.

Having served as Head of the Department for International Security Affairs (MFA 1994-1995), Ambassador Torres was posted to Peru where he served as Counsellor to the Embassy of Chile in Lima from 1996 to 2000.

Ambassador Torres gained multilateral experience on a brief stint in Austria as First Secretary to the Delegation of Chile before the UN International Organisations in Vienna (AEIA, UNIDO) in 1985-1986. He has been elected as Vice President of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation for the period 2013-2015.

During his career, Ambassador Torres has developed an academic interest in foreign relations and a keen eye for the establishment of alliances – with specific targets – favouring practical expressions over political good-will, an effort which has been particularly fruitful in the area of science and technology as the partnerships with California and Massachusetts reflect.

Amongst his hobbies, Ambassador Torres enjoys painting and playing golf although he acknowledges that this golfing skills might need to be revived!

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