Ambassador Fernando PONZ CANTO

Biography

Born: 27 July 1967, Badajoz, Spain

Status: Married, three children.

Languages: Spanish (native), English, French, Portuguese.

Education:

  • Degree in Political Science (5-year Degree)
  • Ph.D. on International Peace and Security
Professional Experience:
  • 1984-1986: Different positions in private sector companies.
  • 1986-1995: Official, Department of Culture, Government of Arag√≥n, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • 1995-1998: EU official, Merger Task Force, DG Competition, EU Commission, Brussels
  • 1998-2002: Desk Officer, United States Unit, DG Relex, EU Commission, Brussels
  • 2002-2005: EU official, External Service Directorate, EU Commission, Brussels
  • 2005-2007: First Secretary, Head of Political and Pre-Accession Affairs, EC Delegation in Bulgaria, Sofia
  • 2007-2009: Senior Policy Advisor, on secondment to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London
  • 2009-2014: Deputy Head of Division for EU-West Africa relations, EEAS, Brussels
  • 2014-2019: Deputy Head of Division for EU-Mexico, Central America and Caribbean relations, EEAS, Brussels.
Other information of interest:

German Marshall Fund Fellow; Fulbright grantee; Salzburg seminar presentor. Articles and lectures in EU and US
media. Laureate in 5 open competitions. Former Scout leader & group coordinator.

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, mountain sports, cinema

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