Fernando Schmidt Ariztía
Ambassador Fernando Schmidt Ariztía studied law at the Catholic University of Chile and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy. He obtained a Master's degree in International Relations from the Ortega y Gasset Institute in Madrid and a scholarship from the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the IFO Institute for Economic Research, Munich, Germany.
During his diplomatic career in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served in the Permanent Mission of Chile to the Organization of American States (OAS), in the Chilean consulate in Ushuaia, Argentina and in the Chilean embassies in Germany and, later, Spain.
He has served as Ambassador of Chile in Hungary, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Brazil and, later, Trinidad and Tobago, the latter concurrently in Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Guyana and before CARICOM.
In Chile he served as Director of North/Central American and Caribbean Affairs and later as Director of Asia Pacific Affairs. Between 2010 and 2012 he served as Chile's Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) of Foreign Affairs.