Secretary-General appoints Maria Jose Torres Macho of Spain United Nations Resident Coordinator in Chile
On 14 November, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Maria Jose Torres Macho of Spain as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Chile, with the host Government’s approval.
Ms. Torres Macho has more than 30 years of experience in law, sustainable development, humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding, and development coordination, which she has acquired at the United Nations and externally. Within the Organization, she most recently served as Resident Coordinator in Malawi, after occupying other leadership positions at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), including head and deputy head of office in Colombia and Palestine respectively. She also worked as a political officer with the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) in New York and in Somalia, and held managerial positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia and Rwanda, as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Guatemala
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms Torres Macho was Executive Director of the Fundación Instituto de Promoción y Apoyo al Desarrollo (IPADE), a Spanish non-governmental organization specialised in local development, and worked at the European parliament.
She obtained a master’s degree in international humanitarian law and human rights law from Essex University, UK, a master’s degree in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, a master’s degree in European studies from Pontificia University, Spain and a law degree from Cantabria University, Spain.