THE USMCOC WELCOMES AMBASSADOR OR MEXICO MARTHA BARCENA COQUI

THE USMCOC WELCOMES AMB. MARTHA BARCENA COQUI, AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO TO THE U.S.

Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2019) – The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce offered a reception in honor of Amb. Martha Bárcena Coqui, recently appointed Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The reception took place at Verizon Technology and Policy Center in Washington, D.C., the evening of February 26th.
Ambassador of Canada to the U.S. David MacNaughton also attended this reception as special guest, and along with Albert Zapanta, President of the USMCOC, offered kind remarks to welcome Ambassador Bárcena to Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979, and has been the Consul in Barcelona (1989-1990); Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark non-resident to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland from December 2004 to April 2013; Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, non-resident to Georgia and the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan from May 2013 to March 2017; and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations Agencies based in Rome from April 2017 to December 2018.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has served in several positions, including Adviser to the Undersecretary for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United Nations; Deputy Director of the Planning and Prospective Division and Advisor to the Executive Director of the Mexican Institute of International Cooperation, as well as the Director in Chief of Multilateral Affairs. She was also Head of the Department of Migrant Workers and Border Cooperation in the General Directorate for North America.
Ambassador Bárcena has been Mexico´s delegate to the UN, the OAS, UNESCO, FAO, WFP, IFAD and ICAO, as well as head of Delegation in sessions of the Forum on Migration and Development.
She has combined professional activity with academic work as a professor since 1981 at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and she was also a professor at the Matías Romero Institute, the Naval Studies Center (CESNAV) of the Secretary of the Navy. She has also participated in several conferences, in the National Defense College, the Diplomatic Academy of Argentina and the University of Växjö, Sweden, as well as in various universities in Turkey.
This reception was the conclusion of the USMCOC XVIII Border Issues and NAFTA/USMCA Conference, an event designed to address common challenges in the U.S. and Mexico border region.