Ambassador Alejandro Orfila, Secretary
General of the Organization of American States (OAS), is an experimented argentine
diplomat. Until he was elected by the General Assembly, he was Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Argentina to United States.
He was born in Mendoza, Argentina, on March 9 of 1925. After high
school he start his superior education at the University de Buenos Aires, in which he
studied Law Right. Later he took courses of political sciences in Stanford University,
California, and Foreign Commerce in the Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1946 he was Secretary of the Embassy in the External Relations
Ministry in Buenos Aires. From 1946 to 1947 he was sent under the same position to Moscow.
He flew from Moscow to Warsaw, in where he served as Consul until 1948,
and then he went to San Francisco, California and New Orleans with the same position
between 1949 and 1950.
Between 1951 and 1952 Dr. Orfila was Secretary in the Argentine Embassy
in Washington. Later he leaves that position to direct the firm Josť Orfila, Ltd., in
Between 1953 and 1958, he went back to United States to take the
direction of the OASs Public Relations Department for a period of five years. In
that position he was Advisor in several interAmerican conferences and in some cases
he was OASs delegate to several special meetings in different places of the
Sooner he was designated Plenipotentiary Minister to the Argentine
Embassy in Washington; he remained in that position until 1960. That year he traveled to
Japan as argentine Ambassador until he decide to work in their own business in 1962.
For eleven years he was consultant in international finances and
economic matters fields.
In november of 1973 he was named United States Ambassador.
Ambassador Orfila has been awarded by the governments of Spain,
Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the Vatican, Thailand, Japan and Greece.