Claudia Guevara was born in Peru. She started her academic career in 1996, obtaining a BSc degree in accounting from the University of San Agustin, Peru. After finishing her studies she undertook two years of studies in law (1997-1998) and pursued a master in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru (1999-2000). She became diplomat in 2001. In 2002, she continued her studies in this field through a Programme in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy in Chile.
As her first post as a diplomat outside her country (2003-2009), she was sent to the Permanent Mission of Peru in Geneva to deal with trade and development issues at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). On WTO issues, she was responsible for representing her country in the negotiations on antidumping, horizontal subsidies, fisheries subsidies, regional trade agreements, trade and development and technical cooperation. On UNCTAD issues, she was in charge of the negotiations on the overall mandate of UNCTAD activities as well as for all the technical cooperation projects in favour of her country. In March 2009, she went back to the Ministry of Foreign Affaires in Lima and continued to be responsible for WTO and UNCTAD related issues. In addition, she worked on specific issues of the bilateral trade negotiations between Peru and the European Union, Peru and Japan and Peru and Korea.
She joined the IELPO program to gain more knowledge in international economic law and policy, which she believes will complement and enhance her existing foundations and experience in this area.
Apart from Spanish, Claudia is fluent in English. She also speaks French and some Arabic.