The current ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union began his diplomatic career as Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2004 after a long career as a professional journalist and media executive. He was appointed as ambassador – concurrent to the Commonwealth of Australia from 2007 to 2011, and to the Republic of Ireland in 2009.
His next mission led him to serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America until the end of 2014. At the end of his mission, de Castro became ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, where he held office until 2017.
Originally from Hostos, the Dominican Republic, journalist and communicator Aníbal de Castro was born on June 18, 1949. He studied Information Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). From 1968 to 1974 de Castro worked as a journalist for the newspapers Nacional de Ahora and Última Hora, becoming director of the latter. In 1979 he completed a BA in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, in England.
In 1993 he was a co-founder of Editorial AA, from which he directed the major socio-political magazine Rumbo between 1993 and 2000. Between 2000 and his first diplomatic appointment in 2004, he held the position of executive vice-president of Omnimedia, was the first editor of the newspaper Diario Libre, the first free daily circulation publication in the Dominican Republic, and produced several television programs on current issues.
He has been a member of the boards of directors of various institutions in the Dominican Republic, such as the Dominican Diaries Society, the Dominican Electricity Corporation (CDE), Antena Latina, Instituto Científico del Cibao Oriental, Fundación Economía y Desarrollo, the Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises, Dominican Development Foundation, Small Business Bank and TRICOM International.
In 1986, he received the Order of Merit award of Duarte, Sánchez y Mella, and in 2012, the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez y Mella in the Degree of Knight. In 2000, the Dominican Association of Journalists and Writers awarded him the prestigious “Caonabo de Oro”.
He has five children.
His publications include “República Dominicana frente a su propia realidad”, “Antes De Comenzar” y “A Decir Cosas”.