Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento
|Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento|
|Senator of Colombia|
20 July 2008 – 20 July 2010
20 July 1986 – 1 February 1992
|24th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations|
18 September 1998 – 14 January 2003
|President||Andrés Pastrana Arango|
|Preceded by||Julio Londoño Paredes|
|Succeeded by||María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar|
|2nd Attorney General of Colombia|
17 August 1994 – 8 May 1997
|Nominated by||César Gaviria Trujillo|
|Preceded by||Gustavo de Greiff Restrepo|
|Succeeded by||Alfonso Gómez Méndez|
|Colombia Ambassador to Israel|
1 February 1992 – 20 March 1993
|President||César Gaviria Trujillo|
|Succeeded by||Patricio Samper Gnecco|
|Colombian Minister of National Education|
16 August 1990 – 16 November 1991
|President||Virgilio Barco Vargas|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Holmes Trujillo|
|Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia|
20 July 1982 – 20 July 1986
2 October 1949 |
Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
|Political party||Radical Change (2006-present)|
|Spouse(s)||Marta Cecilia León Reyes (1983-present)|
|Relations||Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento (cousin)|
|Children||Sergio Valdivieso León
Camilo Valdivieso León
|Alma mater||Pontifical Xavierian University (LLB)
Boston University (MA)
Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento (born 2 October 1949) is a Colombian lawyer and politician.
Alfonso Sarmiento was born in Bucaramanga, Santander to Roberto Valdivieso Sarmiento and Mercedes Sarmiento Suárez. He attended Divino Niño school and San Pedro Claver school. After graduating from Instituto Tecnológico Santandereano, he moved to Bogotá. He attended Pontifical Xavierian University where he graduated in Law with a concentration in Socio-Political Sciences. Afterwards he moved to the United States where he received a Master of Arts in Global Development Economics (MA GDE) from Boston University, and advanced studies in Urban and Regional Development at Toronto University.
He is the cousin of the late Luis Carlos Galán, who was assassinated when he was 39 years old.
Political and diplomatic career
As the 2nd Attorney General of Colombia, he brought charges and stood against the administration of Ernesto Samper Pizano during the Proceso 8000. He served as the 24th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and as Ambassador of Colombia to Israel. A Radical Change party politician, he was elected Representative and Senator in the Congress of Colombia, and served as Minister of National Education under the administration of Virgilio Barco Vargas.
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