Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
Carlos Urrutia was appointed Ambassador of Colombia to the United States on September 5, 2012 by President Juan Manuel Santos.
Throughout his career, Urrutia has been a leader in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Managing Partner of Brigard & Urrutia, the oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Colombia, from 1999 to 2012. Prior to this position, Urrutia, who has been with the firm since May 1977, served as Partner beginning in 1981. During his 35-year career at the firm, Urrutia advised clients on a wide variety of issues, including commercial law, commercial transactions, energy projects, international financial transactions, litigation and arbitration. His clients were some the world’s leading multinational companies and financial institutions with interests in Colombia.
Urrutia’s work in the public sector began in 1975 when he became Secretary General of the Governorship of the Department of Cundinamarca, serving until 1977. Following this role, he served as Secretary of Finance of the Governorship of the Department of Cundinamarca from February 1977 to April 1977. Appointed by the Colombian Government, Urrutia is also currently a panel member on the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes’ Panel of Arbitrators.
In addition, he has been a member of numerous boards of directors of a diverse group of Colombian companies and financial institutions. Until August 2012, he was a member of the board of directors of the following entities: Allianz Colseguros S.A., the largest insurance company in Colombia; Ladrillera Santafe S.A.; 3M Colombia S.A.; Leo Burnett Colombia S.A.; Dividendo por Colombia, a Colombian non-profit institution affiliated with United Way and devoted to the advancement of children’s primary school education in Colombia; and Cámara de Comercio Colombo Francesa.
Urrutia began his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and completed his studies at Facultad de Derecho of Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, earning a degree in law.
As an associate member of the American Bar Association and International Bar Association, Urrutia has attended numerous conferences, seminars and workshops in the United States and Europe. With his legal background, he also frequently participates as speaker or panelist on topics such as foreign investment, financial matters, investments in natural resources, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration.