11/04/2012

Santiago Martínez-Caro, Casa África's new General Director

Santiago Martínez-Caro (photograph provided by Opinión de Tenerife/Carsten W. Lauritsen)

Santiago Martínez-Caro (photograph provided by Opinión de Tenerife/Carsten W. Lauritsen)

Casa África's Board of Directors today approved the appointment of  Santiago Martínez-Caro de la Concha Castañeda as this organisation's General Director, as proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The new General Director will take over from Ricardo Martínez Vázquez. 

At the meeting, the Board of Directors praised and thanked Martínez Vázquez for his work which has been undertaken "with enthusiasm, effort and perseverance" since June 2008 until now, and highlighted that his work "has known how to combine all the feelings of all the organisations that make up Casa África." 

With this appointment, Casa África adapts itself to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation's aim to boost our country's image through Marca España (Brand Spain), with a greater coordination between the network of “Casas” and the rest of the public administrations. This new phase in the organisation will be translated into boosting commercial and economic diplomacy, and will involve the promotion of private funding in its management. Casa África will also design programmes on cultural activities to unite the six “Casas” and these will be linked to the Cervantes Institute and the cultural councils of the embassies. 

Santiago Martínez-Caro started his diplomatic career in 1984. Among other destinations, the new General Director was at the Spanish Embassy in Yaoundé (Cameroon), he was the Spanish Consul in Lima (Peru), he worked for Permanent Representation of Spain in the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) in 1989, and in1994 he was appointed Head of Trade at the Spanish Embassy in Rabat (Morocco). Between 1998 and 2001 he was General Consul in Caracas (Venezuela). He was deputy General Director of Sub-Saharan Africa in 2003 and 2004; he was appointed Spanish Ambassador to Zimbabwe at the end of that year and also later held the representation of Spain in Malawi and Zambia. In 2009 he was assigned the post of Deputy Head of the Permanent Representation of Spain at the UN in Vienna, a position he held until now.

Casa África's Board of Directors is made up from representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Canary Islands Government and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Town Council.

 

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