Meet the Ambassador

Iván Ogando Lora

Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union



Ambassador Ogando Lora was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 13 April 1963. He holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy with an emphasis on International Relations and postgraduate studies in Development Cooperation and Management of Development Projects, and has more than thirty years of experience in the areas of Trade Negotiations and Integration and Regional Cooperation in the Caribbean and Latin America.


He has held various technical positions in regional and international institutions at the diplomatic representation level. From 1995 to 1999 he headed the CARIFORUM Programming Unit in Georgetown, Guyana, coordinating regional projects financed by the European Development Fund (EDF). He opened the first permanent diplomatic mission of the Dominican Republic in Trinidad and Tobago as its Ad-Hoc Minister Counsellor from 1999 to 2000. Later he was named Executive Director of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Administrative Secretariat from 2000 to 2004, with headquarters in Miami, Florida (USA), Panama City (Panama) and Puebla (Mexico). From 2005 to 2007 he was a member of the regional technical team of the Caribbean Regional Negotiations Machinery (CRMN) based in Barbados, which coordinated the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Association with the European Union.  He returned in 2007 to Santo Domingo to assume the post of General Manager of the “Program to Strengthen Foreign Trade Management” funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).  From 2011 to 2013, he was the first Director General of CARIFORUM, and was Director of the Caribbean Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2017. Until recently, he served as Advisor to the Vice Ministry of Negotiations and International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Ambassador Ogando has extensive academic experience as a professor for postgraduate programs at universities such as the Pontifícia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), as well as at the Institute of Diplomatic and Consular Training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dominican Republic.  From 2014 to 2020, he was Director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Dominican Republic Program (FLACSO-RD). He is the author of multiple publications on the issues of regional integration and cooperation in the Caribbean and Europe, having been a speaker at numerous national and international academic conferences and congresses.


Ambassador Ogando´s interests include reading, history, politics, economics, and Latin American literature. He is an avid sports fan, in particular of baseball and basketball, and enjoys hiking, nature walks and music.


He is married to Laura Denisa Pujols Subero and is father of three: Iván Ogando Pérez (1991) and stepsons Ian Mario Rondón Pujols (1994) and Joel Antonio Rondón Pujols (1999).

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