Diego Díaz holds a Degree in International Relations with a Minor in Foreign Trade and another minor in International Organizations from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala). During his studies he was very interested in regional integration and he participated in the Model of the Organization of American States (MOAS) at Washington, D.C. in 2002.
In 2005 he started his professional career at the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry as an advisor in international trade, where he was soon responsible for the industrial sectors market access and rules of origin negotiations for the Guatemalan Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Chile and CARICOM. In 2008 he participated in the beginning of the negotiating process of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union. At the Guatemalan Chamber of industry he was representative at the Guatemalan Standardization Commission (COGUANOR) as well as to the standardization committee at the National Science and Technology Council (CONCYT).
He has published several articles for the Central American Region´s Industrial Sector, such as: "Historic Accomplishments of the Free Trade Agreements", "The Importance of Management Systems in the DR-CAFTA", "The Impact of the Pre-packing Central American Technical Directive in the Industrial Sector", "The behavior of the industrial exports, after one year of the DR-CAFTA" and " Fair Trade, an alternative for the small producer".
He has participated in the development and execution of projects in cooperation with the European Union, United States and the government of Japan. Some of the projects are: "Single Sanitary Authorization Center" between the Guatemalan Health Ministry and the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry, the management system certifications for the industries SME´s project; the project has given support to more than 10 firms to get certifications in ISO 9001:2000, Safe Quality Food and HACCP, "Senior Management System Assessor" for the SME´s project; the project has given technical support to SME´s to acquire ISO 9001:2000, Safe Quality Food and HACCP internal assessors, as well as Safe Quality Certifications for the Wall-Mart distributors Project, between others.
He has taken courses developed by the Advisory Center for WTO Law (ACWL) for the government of Guatemala in Trade Remedies, Trade in Goods, SPS, Agriculture at the WTO and Dispute Settlement.
After graduating from IELPO, Diego became the head of the international firm Uno Trade Strategy Advisors for the Central American region, participating in anti-dumping procedures involving the governments of Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, among others. He has worked with different industries such as glass, sugar, mining and bio-fuels.
Since May 2011 Diego works as the International Trade Commissioner for the Government of Guatemala in New York, United States, where he is responsible for increasing the Guatemalan exports and attracting foreign direct investment in Guatemala from the Northeast coast of the United States, and Southeast of Canada.
(Last update: August 2012)