Carlos Alfredo Magariños

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Carlos Alfredo Magariños
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Director-General, UNIDO
In office
December 1997 – December 2005
Preceded by Mauricio de Maria y Campos
Succeeded by Kandeh Yumkella
Personal details
Born (1962-08-16) 16 August 1962 (age 54)
Spouse(s) María Belén Di Paolo
Occupation diplomat and politician, academician and businessman

Carlos Alfredo Magariños (born August 16, 1962[1]) is an Argentine politician and former UN official. He was designated by the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, Ambassador of the Argentinean Republic to the Federate Republic of Brasil in January 2016. The Honorable Senate of the Argentinean Nation lend its unanimous agreement in February of the same year.

Magariños earned a master's degree in Business Administration (1989) at the University of Buenos Aires. While studying was elected Academic Counselor by the Student Senate to represent it on the Board of the Faculty of Economic Sciences (FCE UBA), its superior governing body (period 1985-87).

He also studied at the International Development Law Institute (Rome, 1990) and specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1997). His academic records includes positions as Assistant of Microeconomy (on Practical works, 1986) and Technical Coordinator in Research Methodology of Investigation (1987) at University of Buenos Aires; Assistant Professor of Foreign Trade Institutions (1989) at University of Belgrano, Argentina and Associate Professor for Argentine and Latin American Economic Issues (1989) as well as Full Professor of Political Economy (2009) at University of El Salvador, Argentina. Most recently Carlos Magariños was selected Senior Associated Member at St Antony's College, Oxford (2006) and Senior Fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY), Renmin University of China (2013).

Magariños was selected (through an open public process) National Director for Foreign Trade in 1991. He later became Under-Secretary of State for Industry (1992–93). During the first term of President Carlos Menem, he became State Secretary for Industry of Argentina (in 1993, when he was 31 years old). Towards the end of 1995 Magariños added responsibilities for Mining to his portfolio and, in mid-1996, was appointed Economic and Trade Representative of Argentina in Washington, D.C., with the rank of Ambassador and State Secretary.

A year later Magariños´ candidacy was submitted for the position of Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He was recommended by the Industrial Development Board, with two thirds of the votes becoming the first Argentinean and the youngest person ever (at 35) to lead a UN Agency. Following due process, in December 1997, UNIDO's General Conference elected him as Director-General of the Organization,[2] which was undergoing a severe financial crisis at the time.

At the helm of UNIDO he implemented an ambitious reform program to improved efficiency and transparency at the Organization and to update its technical cooperation program, modernizing the concept of industrial development and linking it with the fight against poverty and environmental degradation. Initial success of his reform efforts led Magariños to be elected for a second term, 2001-2005.[3]

During his second term these set of reforms boosted the confidence of the Member Status in the Organization and UNIDO increased the volume of its technical cooperation portfolio for developing countries by 50% between 2000 and 2005. Voluntary contributions from donor countries also increased by 147% between 1998 and 2005 and renew confidence in the organization brought new Member States. The merits of UNIDO´s reform were debated at the House of Commons in the UK Parliament [4] and the Department for International Development (DFID) ranked UNIDO highest among standard-setting agencies in its 2005 Multilateral Effectiveness Framework.

Upon his return to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Magariños became Board Member at several institutions, including the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires. He founded a group of companies (Foresight 2020 and Global Business Development Network in 2007 and 2010) dedicated to the promotion of investments in biotechnology, renewable energies, carbon markets, informatics, telecommunications and agri-business.[5]

Until his appointment as Argentinean Ambassador to Brazil, Magariños sat on several boards of institutions and organizations in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America, including University San Ignacio of Loyola, the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the Global Alliance of SMEs and Circulo of Montevideo.

His interest in understanding the challenges confronting developing and emerging societies in a globalized economy led him to design and manage various research projects. The results obtained were presented in several articles and writings, among which his 7 books published in Spanish, English and French, could be highlighted, as well as his numerous conferences and presentations around the world.[6]

Magariños’ won more than 30 international awards in Europe, Asia and America for his performance as national leader, particularly in international affairs, including 5 titles Honoris Cause and several decorations and recognitions from governments and public entities.[7]


  • Magariños, Carlos A.; Werthein, Darío (2017). Llegar al Futuro. Porque las nuevas tecnologías y el conocimiento pueden revolucionar la Argentina (Reach to the Future. Why new technologies and knowledge can revolutionized Argentina. Sudamericana. ISBN 978-950-07-5818-5. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A. (2013). Argentina 4.0 La Revolución Ciudadana. Prometeo. ISBN 978-987-574-608-4. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A. (2005). Towards a Common Agenda for Action. A Proposal in the Context of the Millennium Development Goals. UNIDO. ISBN 92-1-106431-7. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A.; Sercovich, Francisco (2003). Updating and fleshing out the development agenda. Papers and Proceedings of the Venice II Meeting. UNIDO. ISBN 92-1-106424-4. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A.; Yongtu, Long; Sercovich, Francisco C. (2003). China in the WTO. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-99930-4. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A.; Sercovich, Francisco (2002). Gearing up for a new development agenda. Papers and Proceedings of the Meeting on Marginalization vs Prosperity: How to improve and spread the gains of globalization. UNIDO. ISBN 9789211064193. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A.; Assaf, George; Lall, Sanjaya; Martinussen, John D.; Ricupero, Rubens; Sercovich, Francisco (2001). Reforming the UN System: Unido's Need-Driven Model. Brill. ISBN 90-411-1669-9. 
  • Magariños, Carlos A. (1995). El rol del Estado y la política industrial en los ´90. Aportes preliminares para una discusión inconclusa (The role of the state and the industrial policy of the 1990s. Preliminar contributions for an unfinished discussion). Macchi. ISBN 950-537-321-X. 

Academic Honors[edit]

  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University San Ignacio of Loyola, Lima, Peru (2015)
  • Kennedy Cross, John F. Kennedy University. Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004)
  • Honorary Doctor, National Technical University, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine (2002)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University for Social and Business Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2001)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, Budapest, Hungary (2000)
  • Professor Honoris Causa, Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russian Federation (1999)

Decorations and other awards[edit]

  • Peacemaker Medal. Brazilian Army (2016)
  • Distinguish Visitor of the City of Arequipa, Peru (2014)
  • Friendship Medal. Government of Cuba (2006)
  • Grand Decoration of Honour. Government of the Austrian Republic (2006)
  • National Order of Merit. Great Cross. Government of the Republic of Ecuador (2005)
  • Priyadarshni Academy Global Award, Mumbai, India (2004)
  • Decoration of the Government of Colombia, “Industrial Merit” Order, “Official” grade (2004)
  • Decoration of the Government of Italy, “Merit” Order, “Great Official” grade (2003)
  • Universal Forum Fondation (Fondation du Forum Universale) Fondation Prize. (Prix de la Fondation 2002) Mónaco.
  • Decoration of the Government of Guatemala, “Quetzal” Order, “Great Cross” grade (2001)
  • Distinguish Achievement Award, World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows. New York, U.S.A. (2001)
  • Decoration of the Government of Colombia, “San Carlos” Order (2000)
  • Performance Trophy of the year 2000, (Trophée des Performances del ánne 2000) Superior Institut of Management (Institut Supérieur de Gestion – ISG - ) Paris, France.
  • Honorary Citizen, Dallas City, U.S.A.¨(1997)

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