This event is free for YPA members and $10 for non-members.
Join Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) and the Consulate of Colombia in New York for a conversation with Maria Isabel Nieto, consul general of Colombia in New York City, followed by wine and networking. Learn from the consul’s extensive career in government and diplomacy and her advice to young professionals seeking careers in the United States and Latin America. AS/COA’s Senior Director Adriana la Rotta will moderate the conversation.
This event will be held in Spanish.
Event Information: Sarah Bons | firstname.lastname@example.org | 1-212-277-8392
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María Isabel Nieto is the consul general of Colombia in New York since January 2015. She served as president of the Coalition of Latin American Consuls in New York in 2016, an organization that works to defend human rights and improve the living conditions of the Latino immigrant community. In November 2016, Nieto was the first woman and Colombian citizen to be elected president of the Society of Foreign Consuls. She was previously chief of staff and high presidential adviser to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Nieto was deputy secretary of Interior and Justice from 2006 to 2009, councilwoman of Bogotá from 2003 to 2006, and private secretary of the First Lady during the presidential term of Cesar Gaviria from 1990 to 1994. In the private sector, Nieto worked for seven years with the Colombian banker Luis Carlos Sarmiento, directing its foundation that supports the justice sector, and was Director of Government Affairs of the multinational beer company SABMiller. Nieto has a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes and a degree in political science from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. She was a fellow of the State Department and the government of Japan.