AGÜERO, MARÍA ELENA
Secretary General of the Club de Madrid
Maria Elena Agüero is the current Secretary General of Club de Madrid, a role she has held since 2016.
Early in her career Ms. Agüero worked in the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for Americans as research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She was also a trade policy officer at the U.S. Department of Treasury during the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations.
Since then, Ms. Agüero has gathered over 35 years of international experience in economic development, social cohesion, governance, institutional strengthening and democracy promotion project management, particularly in Latin America. As project officer, sector specialist and senior adviser in the Interamerican Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program, she worked extensively in these organization's Washington, Uruguay, Brussels and Paris offices, leading projects and programmes in the various areas noted above, in partnership with other international organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, at both the national, regional and international levels.
For the past 15 years, Ms. Agüero has held various positions in the Club de Madrid (CdM), a unique organization that brings together more than 100 democratic, former Heads of State and Government from across the globe around the singular mission of fostering democratic values, good governance, accountability and leadership. Over the years, Ms Agüero has been responsible for coordinating CdM’s special global projects, institutional relations, outreach and communications and, after 6 years as Deputy Secretary General, was elected to become the organization’s Secretary General in 2016, leading a committed team of international professionals at the Madrid-based CdM Secretariat in the identification, design and implementation of the organization’s various projects.
Ms. Agüero holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Masters in Latin American Economic Development from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.