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Juan Carlos Pinzón

Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
Juan Carlos Pinzón

On July 26, 2021, Juan Carlos Pinzón was appointed Ambassador of Colombia to the United States for a second time. Since then the Colombia-USA relationship has been taken to a historical peak. President Biden designated Colombia as a Major Non-Nato Ally. The US Congress approved the highest budget for Colombia in a decade. The Bicentennial Partnership was launched by President Biden and President Duque as part of the celebrations of 200 years of diplomatic relations.

Throughout his career, Pinzón has been a leader in both the public and private, sectors. Between 2018 and 2021, Pinzón was President of the Foundation for the Progress of the Capital Region – ProBogotá, a private non-profit for the promotion of public policy and long-term strategic projects for the capital region of Colombia. He has been a member of several corporate advisory boards and NGOs.

In July 2017, Juan Carlos Pinzón launched a bid for president with the support of the civic citizens’ movement “Colombia Above All.” In March 2018, he became vice presidential candidate.

Pinzón previously served as Colombia's Ambassador to Washington from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure, he oversaw the approval of the “Peace Colombia or Plan Colombia II” funding package for security and development. Additionally, he led the creation of the “U.S.-Colombia Business Council” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Council’s “Colombia Task Force. " While in office, the Colombian Embassy was recognized as the best diplomatic delegation in Washington by the World Affairs Council in Washington, DC.

He also served as Colombian Minister of Defense of Colombia for nearly four years. Under his leadership, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt the most severe blows in history to terrorist organizations – FARC and ELN – and criminal bands, highly degrading their logistics, structure and leadership. Pinzón also established Colombia as a regional security cooperation leader. He led the process for a partnership with NATO. By the end of his tenure, he left the Armed Forces at its historical peak in manpower, capabilities, welfare, technology and budget.

Additional previous positions include Chief of Staff to the President of Colombia; Deputy Minister of Defense; Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank; Vice President of the Colombian Banking Association; Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Citigroup; Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Finance and Public Credit Ministry; and Economist for Colombia at Citigroup. Pinzón Has been awarded 65 national and international medals including the Great Cross of the Order of Boyacá, the maximum award granted by Colombia, and the distinguished Public Medal of Service by the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2001 he was recognized by The World Economic Forum (WEF) as Young Global Leader.

Pinzón received an honorable mention for his outstanding academic performance while earning his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He also holds three master’s degrees: Master of Science in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; a Master in public policy from Princeton University (scholarship awarded); and a master’s degree (honoris causa) in Defense and National Security from Colombia’s National War College.

Pinzón also completed advanced courses in strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, in science and technology policy at Harvard University, and smart cities at Nanyang Technological University-Singapore. Ambassador Pinzón taught Economics at Javeriana and Andes University from 1996 to 2004.

Juan Carlos Pinzón was born in Bogotá on December 22, 1971. He is married to Pilar Lozano, and they have two children, Natalia and Juan Pablo.