Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

José Manuel Albares Bueno

Born in Madrid in 1972.

Academic training

  • Degree in Law from the University of Deusto, specializing in legal-economics with a diploma in business sciences (1995)
  • Diploma XXXIII National Defense Course. Higher Center for National Defense Studies (CESEDEN) (2013)
  • Expert in Cultural Management Abroad from the Carlos III University in collaboration with the Diplomatic School (2016-2017 academic year)

Political and professional career

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (July 2021-present)
  • Ambassador of Spain in the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco (February 2020-July 2021)
  • Secretary General for International Affairs, European Union, G20 and Global Security in the Cabinet of the President of the Government (June 2018-February 2020)
  • Cultural Counselor at the Spanish Embassy in Paris (August 2017-June 2018)
  • Advisory Member of the Support Unit of the General Directorate of Spaniards Abroad and of Consular and Consular Immigration Affairs (January 2016-August 2017)
  • Advisor to the Parliamentary Group in the Congress of Deputies (October 2015-January 2016)
  • Deputy Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa (September 2010-October 2015)
  • Head of the Department of Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa of the AECID (August 2008-September 2010)
  • Vice President of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); in charge of Administrative Affairs; Counselor at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the OECD in Paris (successive positions, April 2003-August 2008)
  • Consul of Spain in Bogotá (Colombia) (April 2001-April 2003)
  • Head of the Economic Relations Area with Africa and the Middle East (December 2000-April 2001)


  • Awarded with the Commendation of Number of the Order of Isabel La Católica and with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services of Peru

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