Paulina Nazal Aranda, General Director of International Economic Affairs
On October 24, 2016, Paulina Nazal Aranda became the General Director of International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. She is the first woman to serve in this role.
Ms. Nazal holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Universidad de Chile and a master’s in applied economics from New York University. Prior to her new position, she served as Director of Multilateral Economic Affairs at DIRECON. Among other duties, she coordinated Chile’s participation in international economic forums, such as APEC, the OECD and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Paulina Nazal joined DIRECON as an economic advisor in the Services and Investments and the WTO departments in 1994. In 1996, she moved to the United States to pursue post graduate studies.
After graduation, Ms. Nazal worked as an economic and financial analyst for the Latin American Division at Lehman Brothers in New York. From 2001 to 2004, she served as a consultant for Central America at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Paulina Nazal returned to DIRECON as Head of the North America department for two years, in charge of the implementation and administration of the Free Trade Agreements with Mexico, the United States and Canada.
She became Head of the Market Access department in 2009. There, she led the negotiations on trade in goods for the Free Trade Agreements with Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Pacific Alliance and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), among others.
In the academic realm, she has taught economics at Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile’s Institute of International Studies.
Pablo Urria Hering, Director of Bilateral Economic Affairs
Pablo Urria joined the DIRECON in 1998 as Adviser of the Market Access department and later was head of that department, participating as a negotiator in free trade agreements with Canada, Mexico, Central United States, European Union and Korea.
He served as Minister Counsellor Economic of the Mission of Chile to the European Union (2004-2009) and he was legal adviser to the Department of International Affairs of the National Customs.
Until March 2014 he served as Head of the South Department and Integration DIRECON regional organizations, responsible for economic relations with the countries of South America, Panama, Cuba and economic forums in the same region (LAIA, UNASUR, CELAC). He has also been the technical manager of the Pacific Partnership negotiations.
From the March 17, 2014, he holds the position of Director of Bilateral Economic Affairs DIRECON.