Carlos Westendorp

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (1995-1996), Secretary-General of the Club de Madrid

Carlos Westendorp is a Spanish diplomat and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He began his diplomatic service in 1966, initially working in embassies before moving on to work in Spain's Ministry of European Affairs, where he presided over the technical team in charge of accession negotiations. In 1986, when Spain joined the European Communities, he was appointed its first Ambassador Permanent Representative, and from 1991-1995 he was Spain’s Secretary of State for the European Union. In December 1995, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ambassador to the USA and as an MEP. Westendorp is President of Westendorp International S.L., a private consulting company. He has addressed conferences and lectures and has written articles and books mostly on European Affairs, for which he was awarded the Salvador de Madariaga Prize of Journalism. He currently serves as Secretary-General of the Club de Madrid.