Daniel Filmus

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Daniel Filmus
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
In office
20 September 2021 – 10 December 2023
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byRoberto Salvarezza
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Secretary of Malvinas Affairs
In office
27 December 2019 – 20 September 2021
Preceded byMateo Estreme (as Undersecretary)
Succeeded byGuillermo Carmona
In office
6 January 2014 – 10 December 2015
Preceded byJavier Esteban Figueroa (as General Director)
Succeeded byMaría Teresa Kralikas (as Undersecretary)
National Senator
In office
10 December 2007 – 10 December 2013
ConstituencyCity of Buenos Aires
Minister of Education, Science and Technology
In office
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
PresidentNéstor Kirchner
Preceded byGraciela Giannettasio
Succeeded byJuan Carlos Tedesco
Personal details
Born (1955-06-03) June 3, 1955 (age 68)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–2017)
Citizen's Unity (2017–2019)
Frente de Todos (2019–present)
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires

Daniel Fernando Filmus (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjel feɾˈnando ˈfilmus]; born June 3, 1955) is an Argentine politician and academic, who served as the country's Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, from 2021 to 2023.

Filmus formerly served as a National Senator for the City of Buenos Aires from 2007 to 2013, and as Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the government of President Néstor Kirchner. From 2014 to 2015, and later from 2019 to 2021, he was Secretary of Affairs pertaining to the Malvinas (Falkland Islands).[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in La Paternal, Buenos Aires, to María Cecilia Cwik and Salomón Filmus,[3] his mother was an English language teacher of Polish descent, and his father a Jewish immigrant from Bessarabia (now Moldova) who arrived in Argentina in 1928 and became a shopkeeper.[4] Daniel Filmus was briefly involved in the Communist youth wing as a teenager, and enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He became involved in Peronist politics as a student union activist, and helped establish an office of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights at UBA. He studied psychology and sociology at the university, and earned a degree in the latter in 1977.[3] Filmus became a secondary school teacher, working in Entre Ríos and Chaco Provinces.[5] He earned a specialization in adult education at CREFAL, a literacy promotion program in Mexico, and a master's degree in education at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro in 1989.[6] Filmus never married. He had a daughter in 1992 during his first long-term relationship, and another daughter in 2002 with his second partner, Marisa Factorovich, a psychoanalyst.[4][3]

Filmus became a professor of sociology at UBA in 1985 and served as president of the UBA Sociology Alumni Association, writing several books on the subject. He served in the Citizen Power Council of Buenos Aires and as staff researcher in the Latin American School of Social Studies (FLACSO), whose Argentine chapter he headed between 1992 and 2000.[7]

Political career[edit]

Filmus was appointed secretary of education of the City of Buenos Aires by Mayor Aníbal Ibarra, who asked him to become his running mate for his successful 2003 bid for reelection.[8] Newly inaugurated president Néstor Kirchner appointed Filmus Minister of Education before the mayoral race began, however.[5] Filmus also served as staff researcher at the National Research Council from 1997, and as president of the UNESCO Debt-for-Education task force from 2006.[6]

Filmus ran for mayor of Buenos Aires on the Kirchnerist Front for Victory ticket in 2007. He came in second in the first round, and was defeated by Republican Proposal candidate Mauricio Macri by nearly 22% in the runoff.[9] He was, however, elected Senator for Buenos Aires and took office in December 2007; he was named president of the Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.[6]

He again ran as the Front for Victory candidate mayor of Buenos Aires in 2011, naming his rival in the primaries, Labor Minister Carlos Tomada, as his running mate.[10] The results were largely a replay of the 2007 election, however, with a second place showing in the first round and Macri's eventual reelection in the runoff by a margin of over 28%.[11]

In 2021, he was appointed as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in replacement of Roberto Salvarezza, as part of a cabinet reshuffle following the government's poor showings in the 2021 legislative primary elections.[12]


  1. ^ "Filmus officially appointed as Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Secretary". MercoPress (in Spanish). 30 December 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  2. ^ Watts, Jonathan (7 January 2014). "Falkland islands: Argentina appoints Malvinas secretary". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Macri, Filmus: la historia de dos vidas cruzadas". Clarín. 24 June 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Filmus: Defiendo la educación pública aunque no la necesite". La Nación. 24 April 2018. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Acerca de mí". Daniel Filmus. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Antecedentes Profesionales". Daniel Filmus.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Conocé a Daniel Filmus". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Daniel Filmus será el compañero de fórmula de Aníbal Ibarra". Clarín. 17 April 2003. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2006.
  9. ^ "Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Jefe de Gobierno y Vice (2007)". Atlas Electoral de Andy Tow. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Filmus llevará la camiseta K en la Capital". Página 12.
  11. ^ "Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Jefe de Gobierno y Vice (2011)". Atlas Electoral de Andy Tow. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Quién es Daniel Filmus, el nuevo ministro de Ciencia y Tecnología". Página/12 (in Spanish). 17 September 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.

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