Emilio Cassinello

Director General

Mr. Cassinello is a Law graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de México and from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and he holds a Master in Laws from Harvard University. He was assistant professor in Theory of the State and International Law at the Universidad Autónoma de México, and of Political Law and Theory of the State at the Universidad de Madrid (1961-1963).

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served in numerous functions: Deputy-Director for Africa, Director-General for International Organizations and Conferences, Director-General for Latin-American Affairs and Director of Planning Staff. He has had a number of Embassy postings, including Chargé d'Affaires in Addis Abeba and Dar es Salaam, Cultural Attaché in Mexico, Spanish Ambassador in Angola and Mexico, and Consul General in New York and Ambassador at large for North American Affairs

From 1985 to 1992, Emilio Cassinello was President of the Board of the EXPO'92, S.A. and Commissioner General of the Universal Exposition of Seville, 1992.

He is Vice-president of the Euroamerica Foundation; Founding Member and First Secretary General of the US-Spain Council; Member of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano; Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association in New York; Member of the Advisory Council of  Casa Árabe; Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation Duques de Soria;  Trustee of the Picasso Museum Foundation in Malaga and of the El Barrio Museum of New York.

Author of "Cultura y Economía Hispanas como nuevo horizonte de Cooperación" (Foro ABC/BBVA, 2002), and "Spain and the Hispanos: a Strategic Project" (Real Instituto Elcano, 2004).He has been awarded the “Gran Cruz del Mérito Civil”. 

Languages: Spanish, French, English