Alejandro Jara

Alejandro Jara

Co-Chair of Board

Former Deputy Director-General of WTO and former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Chile to the WTO


Alejandro Jara was born in Santiago, Chile (1949). He obtained his law degree from the University of Chile in 1973. He pursued graduate studies at the Law School, University of California at Berkeley (1975–1976).

In 1976, he joined the Foreign Service of Chile where he specialized in international economic relations. He served in the Delegation of Chile to the GATT in Geneva (1979– 1984) and was seconded to the Economic System for Latin America (SELA) in Caracas as Coordinator for Trade Policy Affairs. He was appointed Director for Bilateral Economic Affairs (1993–1994), as well as Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs (1994–1999). From 1996 to 1997, he also served as Chile’s Senior Official to APEC. At the same period, he was deputy Chief negotiator for the Chile-Canada Free Trade Agreement. From 1997 to 1998, he was Chief Negotiator for the Chile-Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In July 1999, he was designated Director General for International Economic Relations.

In June 2000, he was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. In 2001, he served as Chairperson of the Committee on Trade and Environment of the WTO. Between 2002 and 2005, he was Chairman of the Negotiating Group of Trade in Services of the WTO.

From 2005 to 2013, he served as Deputy Director General of the WTO.

For three years until October 2016, he was Senior Counsel with the law firm King & Spalding LLP (Geneva).

He presently practices international trade law in Santiago, Chile and teaches in several universities including Institute of International Studies of Universidad de Chile, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE Beijing), Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE Beijing), Master in International Trade Negotiations (Mexico), Master in International Law, Investment, Trade and Arbitration. of the University of Chile and University of Heidelberg, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), Diplomatic Academy of Chile.

He is a founding member of the Punta del Este Group

He is author of numerous publications on trade policy. His latest publication is “The Future of Globalization under New political realities” See: