THE WIDESPREAD PROFESSIONAL CAREER OF
Born on December 18, 1943, in La Paz, Bolivia; attended the Colegio Aleman Mariscal Braun of La Paz and Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. His academic training belongs to Facultad de Derecho, Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Estatal de La Paz (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés).
With a multifaceted personality, Dr. Salazar-Paredes is also a seasoned diplomat, university professor and journalist. He is considered one of the most prominent and concerned internationalists of Bolivia.
Prior to his law practice, Fernando Salazar-Paredes had an extensive government career as member of the Bolivian foreign service having achieved the important post of Ambassador Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. and to the United Nations Organization in New York. While serving his government he also performed the important functions of Minister of Economic Integration and Minister of Labor. He was elected member of Parliament for a four-year term.
As an international civil servant, he served as UNDP Resident Representative, at different levels, in Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Dominican Republic. He was also appointed UNESCO Representative in Mexico and UNIDO Regional Advisor in Technical Cooperation for the Andean Countries. Dr. Salazar-Paredes has been a consultant of UNDP, UNESCO, PNUFID, BID, ALADI, SELA and other international organizations and, as such, has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Professor of Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Estatal de La Paz (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés), the most influential university of Bolivia. Foreign Policy professor in Facultad de Ciencias Políticas of the same university. Dr. Salazar-Paredes has published more than a dozen books on international affairs. He was also a professor at the Universidad Católica Boliviana and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He also taught post-graduate courses at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar.
He is Chairman of the Board and founder of the Center for the Study of International Relations and Development, CERID, a prestigious Bolivian based think-tank geared to the research, study and the training of international relations and development.
While Ambassador to the OAS, he was Chairman of the Permanent Council, the Interamerican Economic and Social Council and the Third Specialized Conference on Private International Law. As Minister of Economic Integration, he was President of the Comisión del Acuerdo de Cartagena, the paramount body of the Comunidad Andina de Naciones and Chairman of the Board at the Corporación Andina de Fomento CAF.
In repeated occasions he was a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration which has its headquarters in The Hague.