(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño, presented his credentials to UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ramírez was Vice-President for the Political Sovereignty and Minister for Foreign Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Vice‑President of the Revolutionary Council of Ministers for the Economic Area.
Throughout his career, he had occupied many energy-related posts, serving as Vice-President of the Ministerial Council of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in 2010, President of Petrocaribe from 2005 to 2014 and President of Petroleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA) from 2004 to 2014, during which he was also Minister of People’s Power for Petroleum and Mining. He was also founding President of the National Gas Entity (ENAGAS) in 2000, a company responsible for the development and execution of the national plan for natural gas consumption.
Mr. Ramírez holds a master’s degree in energy from the Central University of Venezuela and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Los Andes University, Mérida, Venezuela.
Born on 4 August 1963, he is married.