Spain: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD




Born in Bogotá (Colombia) in June 1953, he graduated in 1975 with a degree in Law (specialized in Public Law) from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and obtained a diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Madrid (1978), entering the Spanish Diplomatic Service in June 1979. He has devoted most of his diplomatic career to European Affairs, being the author of a number of articles and conferences on subjects related to this area.

Mr. Díez-Hochleitner’s career began as Counsellor at the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1979-1981), followed as First Secretary responsible for Political and European Community Affairs in the Spanish Embassy in Bonn (Germany) until 1986.  He then occupied several technical posts in the State Secretariat for European Affairs (1986-1990), and was appointed in 1990 Director-General for Inter-ministerial Coordination on E.U. policies (COREPER I) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Photo: OECD/Michael Dean 

Ambassador of Spain to the Dominican Republic (1994), he returned to Madrid in July 1995 as Director-General of the International Department of the Presidency of the Government coinciding with the second Spanish Presidency of the EU (second semester 1995).  A year later and until June 2000, he was appointed Ambassador of Spain to Austria (with accreditation to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia).  In June 2000, he was called back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until December 2002 as Director-General for Europe (during that period he covered the preparation and development of the third Spanish Presidency of the EU).

From December 2002 up to September 2011, Mr. Díez-Hochleitner has been the Secretary General of the Royal Household of His Majesty the King of Spain.

Ambassador Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Spain to the OECD on 22 November 2011.

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