Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé was born in Madrid on the 8th of June 1951 and has committed his professional and political activity to international relationships and development cooperation. He graduated in Law and Political Sciences at the University Complutense in Madrid, and then in Diplomatic Studies at the Spanish Diplomatic School. He entered Spain’s diplomatic service in 1977.
He was appointed by the European Union as EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, from 1996 to 2003. From 2004 until 2010 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. He ran to be elected Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2011. From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly and promoted the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar.
During his career he has been awarded numerous distinctions, awards and decorations acknowledging his political and diplomatic career path. He is also a regular lecturer in several international institutions and forums, as well as a prolific writer of articles in Spain and abroad. Since 2011, he teaches at Sciences Po Paris.
Actually he is Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and president of the SDSN Spanish Network, REDS