Minister of foreign affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, The Kingdom of Spain
Mr. Albares was born in 1972 and is a career diplomat. He holds a Degree in Law from Deusto University, specializing in Economics and Law, with a Diploma in Business Science. He also holds a Diploma in National Defence Studies from Spain’s Centre for National Defence Studies (CESEDEN), and a Diploma in Cultural Management Abroad from Carlos III University, in collaboration with Spain’s Diplomatic School. He founded and coordinated the Spanish think tank Círculo de Reflexión Internacional.
Before his appointment as Minister, on July 10, 2021, he served as the Ambassador of Spain to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco.
He has been Secretary-General for International, European Union, G20 and Global Security Affairs at the Office of the President of the Government. In this capacity, he was the President of the Government’s Sherpa for both the European Union and the G20.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Albares has been Spanish Consul in Colombia, Counsellor for Culture at the Spanish Embassy in Paris, and held a post at the Spanish Permanent Representation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During his posting at the OECD he was elected Vice-Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, he has held different management positions, both in Foreign Affairs and at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
In Spain, he was named a Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, and in Peru, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service.
To mark the Freedom Online Coalition’s (FOC) 10th anniversary, Finland, as the Chair, is organising a virtual FOC 10th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting on 3 December 2021, hosted by Pekka Haavisto, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Ministerial, the culmination of Finland’s FOC Chairship, is an important opportunity to raise the visibility of the Coalition and to set the FOC's goals and vision for the 2020s.