Ambassador Milenko E. Skoknic Tapia, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres as Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations on 21st May, 2018.
Prior to his appointment, from 2016, Ambassador Skoknic was Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, having previously served as Consul-General in La Paz, Bolivia, from 2014 to 2016 and as Ambassador to Argentina from 2013 to 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, he was Chile's Representative in the Dialogue of Peace between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Havana, Cuba.
Earlier in his diplomatic career, the Mr. Skoknic was Chef de Cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013. Between 2005 and 2010, he was Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, serving concurrently as Permanent Representative to the international organizations based in Vienna, including as President of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) between 2007 and 2008. He also held positions in Chile's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York; its embassies in the Holy See, Turkey and Argentina; and its consulates in Toronto, Canada, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ambassador Skoknic studied law at the University of Chile and later attended St. Antony's College, Oxford, and holds a diploma in International Politics and Economics from the Foreign Service Programme, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, United Kingdom.
From 1972 to 1976m he was a member of the Chilean national basketball team. Born in 1954, he is married and has three children.