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Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon Presents Credentials to President Barack Obama


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September 11, 2015

Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon Presents Credentials to President Barack Obama 
 
Washington, DC — Today, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzon, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House. Pinzon most recently served as Colombia’s Minister of Defense, a cabinet position he held in the Santos Administration for almost four years. “Colombians are proud and thankful to have in the United States, not only a friend, but also our strongest ally,” said Ambassador Pinzon after the ceremony. “At times of international turmoil and uncertainty, the strategic partnership between Colombia and the United States rises as a beam of hope and represents a successful example of cooperation for stability, prosperity and peace. It will be my priority as Ambassador to deepen and strengthen our partnership to benefit our people, our Hemisphere and the world.” A native of Bogotá, Pinzon has served as a leader in both the public and private sector, including in his most recent position as Minister of Defense. Throughout his career, Pinzon has accumulated specialized experience relating to international relations, economics, public policy and strategic studies, as well as national and regional defense issues in Colombia. His past experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to President Juan Manuel Santos; Vice Minister of Defense; Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank; Vice President of the Colombian Banking Association; Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Citigroup; Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Finance; and Economist for Colombia at Citigroup, among other positions. An economist, Pinzon holds a Master of Science in Economics from the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and he was awarded a scholarship to receive his master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has also completed advanced courses in international relations and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, and in science and technology at Harvard University, and in 2011, the World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader.