María Ángela Holguín

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María Ángela Holguín, OSC
María Ángela Holguín in 2018 – Perú, en Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia (cropped).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
7 August 2010
President Juan Manuel Santos
Preceded by Jaime Bermúdez
25th Colombian Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
16 September 2004 – 11 September 2006
President Álvaro Uribe
Preceded by Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento
Succeeded by Claudia Blum
Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela
In office
16 September 2002 – 20 August 2004
President Álvaro Uribe
Preceded by Germán Bula Escobar
Succeeded by Enrique Vargas Ramírez
Personal details
Born (1963-11-13) 13 November 1963 (age 54)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Santiago Jiménez Mejía (1983–1990)
Domestic partner Carlos Espinosa Pérez
Children Antonio Espinosa
Alma mater University of the Andes
Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies
Signature Signature of María Ángela Holguín

María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar (born 13 November 1963) is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. She has also served as the 25th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela.

Early life and education[edit]

María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar was born on 13 November 1963 to Julio Holguín Umaña and Lucila Cuéllar Calderón.[1] She is related to Carlos and Jorge Holguín Mallarino, briefly appointed as interim presidents of Colombia in the presidential periods of 1888–1892 and 1921–1922 respectively.

Holguín studied at the Gimnasio Femenino school in Bogota, and then studied French at the Université Paris X. She graduated from the University of the Andes in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and she also completed a specialization there in Public Management and Administrative Institutions in 1992.

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 2010, while Holguín was serving as Colombia's Representative to the Development Bank of Latin America in Buenos Aires, the then president-elect Juan Manuel Santos Calderón nominated her to head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Holguín's nomination was hailed as a wise political move given the diplomatic problems in the region following the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis. Holguín's ambassadorship in Venezuela was overall seen as the tacit endorsement that enabled her to tackle the diplomatic détente between the sister nations, while her work with the Development Bank of Latin America signalled Santos' desire to strengthen ties with the rest of the continent.

Before having taken office, Holguín accompanied president-elect Santos on his first overseas trip after being elected, taking the diplomatic role head on during their meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[2] Holguín as Chancellor-designate also headed talks with Venezuelan Chancellor Nicolás Maduro that spearheaded the renewal of diplomatic ties with the neighbouring nation, which were later formalised in a meeting held in Santa Marta between the two Presidents.[3] Holguín then travelled to Ecuador to meet with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño to convince Quito to renew diplomatic ties and to personally invite President Rafael Correa to attend the inauguration,[4] a feat she managed even though Ecuador had an arrest warrant for Santos for his actions as Minister of National Defence of Colombia.

Personal life[edit]

Holguín married Santiago Jiménez Mejía on 27 August 1983 but later divorced having no children. She later met Carlos Espinosa Pérez, with whom she had a son, Antonio, born 23 January 1991.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Restrepo Sáenz, José María; Rivas, Raimundo; Restrepo Posada, José (1995). Genealogías de Santa Fe de Bogotá [Genealogies of Santa Fe de Bogotá] (Genealogy book) (in Spanish). IV. Bogotá: Grupo de investigaciones Genealógicas José Maria Restrepo Sáenz. pp. 199–200. OCLC 28546996. 
  2. ^ "María Ángela Holguín, La Canciller". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Fraval, Germán Duque (2010-07-15). "Autorizó A Su Canciller Para Reunirse Con María Ángela Holguín Chávez 'Evalúa' Si Viene A Posesión" [Authorized his Chancellor to meet with María Ángela Holguín, Chávez "evaluates" if he will come to inauguration]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  4. ^ Mena Erazo, Paúl (2010-07-22). "Correa acudirá a toma de posesión de Santos" [Correa will attend inauguration of Santos] (in Spanish). BBC Mundo. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jaime Bermúdez
Minister of Foreign Affairs