Secretary General of the Organization of American States


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 Mendoza.

Between 1953 and 1958, he went back to United States to take the direction of the OAS’s Public Relations Department for a period of five years. In that position he was Advisor in several inter–American conferences and in some cases he was OAS’s delegate to several special meetings in different places of the hemisphere.

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.