Keynot speech given by Berenice Díaz Ceballos,Chief of Staff to the Deputy Foreign Minister and Mexico G-20 Sous Sherpa."
Berenice Díaz Ceballos
Berenice Díaz Ceballos obtained a bachelor's degree in international relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, with honorary mention for her thesis "Human Rights Conference: The Treatment of the Subject in the New International Context." With this research project, she also won the first contest for the best dissertation on human rights organized by the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico in 1995. Ms. Díaz Ceballos is a career diplomat since 1998. In 2005 she was appointed Chief of Staff to the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for Mexico's bilateral relations with countries and organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In this capacity she has served as Mexican Sous-sherpa for the Group of Five (G-5), the Group of Eight (G-8), and since 2008, for the G-20 Leaders' Summit. Berenice Díaz Ceballos has also held various positions in the Vice Ministry for Multilateral Affairs. From 2002 to 2005 she served as Deputy Director General for Global Affairs, the area responsible for coordinating Mexican international policy on environment, sustainable development, gender equality, human rights of indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, the fight against corruption, drugs, and crime prevention issues. Previously she held different posts in the Direction General for the United Nations System. Abroad she has participated as the Mexican representative in several international events and conferences, as well as various formal and informal groups. In the academic field she has taken several international relations courses, including one on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.