The KAICIID Council of Parties unanimously approved the appointment of Ambassador Alvaro Albacete as Deputy Secretary General for External Relations, whose duties commence immediately.
Ambassador Albacete is a career diplomat. Prior to assuming his duties as Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Albacete served KAICIID as special advisor to the Secretary-General for public diplomacy from February 2014. Since then he has been a leader in developing and implementing KAICIID’s use of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding in particular in the Central African Republic and Nigeria.
Previously, Ambassador Albacete was Ambassador at Large dealing with interreligious and intercultural dialogue for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has worked for the European Commission in Bosnia -Herzegovina as an advisor in the area of good government for the Presidency of the State and the Ministry of European Integration between 1999 and 2002. He has also worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Argentina, Bolivia, Panama and Paraguay, and has been a guest professor of the École Nationale d'Administration of France. He was trained in Driving Government Performance by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ambassador Albacete has served in diverse positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, including Division for the United Nations, Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Deputy Director of the Minister’s Cabinet and Ambassador.
KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Bin Muaammar stated, “Ambassador Albacete’s expertise in multilateral affairs, including interreligious and intercultural dialogue, good governance, development and UN cooperation are the ideal skill mix to support KAICIID in the future. The Member States’ decision is also an endorsement of KAICIID’s mission and work and a concrete contribution to its effective implementation”.
In his new role, Ambassador Albacete will develop and coordinate KAICIID policy and action at the wider international level, in close co-operation with the European Union, the United Nations and other international organizations. This coordination will promote inter-institutional relations with relevant international organizations. At the same time, Ambassador Albacete will promote dialogue and cooperation with non-Member States and will design and implement KAICIID’s membership enlargement strategy.