Juan José Gómez-Camacho
Amb. Juan José Gómez-Camacho is a senior fellow at SAIS’ Foreign Policy Institute, as well as a member of the teaching faculty of SAIS. Most recently he served as Ambassador of Mexico to Canada.
Prior to his current assignment he served as Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore and concurrently to the Union of Myanmar and the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam (2006-2009); Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland (2009-2013); Ambassador to the European Union as well as to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (2013-2016); and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2016-2019).
He is regarded as one of the most influential, experienced Mexican diplomats, and is widely recognized for his strong leadership and for his analytical and negotiation skills. During his 30-year diplomatic career, he has played a key role in addressing and providing solutions to diverse and increasingly complex global challenges, both political and economic, for which government-centered only alternatives are proving insufficient. Some of his major achievements include the conclusion of breakthrough international agreements on emerging global health challenges; the adoption of the first ever Global Deal on International Migration; the successful negotiation of the framework of the New Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union. Other important accomplishments include the negotiation and development of significant US-Mexico border infrastructures; and the design and implementation of the present Mexican foreign policy and legislation on Human Rights and Democracy.
He is highly recognized for his thorough understanding of North American relations, as well as North American- European Union relations, Latin America and Southeast Asia, on a multi-stakeholder basis. Building on his role as the Mexican Ambassador to Singapore, Myanmar and Brunei, to the United Nations in Geneva, to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, and to United Nations in New York.
He is a compelling communicator, including in the media, and is frequently invited as speaker in international conferences and events on diverse subjects. A Spanish mother tongue, he speaks English and French fluently.