After participating in some of the most significant foreign policy debates of the last quarter century, Ambassador Javier Sancho brings diplomatic heft to Podesta Group’s international team. Ambassador Sancho has skillfully navigated both bilateral and multilateral negotiations around the globe by adeptly managing crises and delivering results. Providing clients unparalleled counsel on global risk and opportunity, Ambassador Sancho has profound expertise on issues as diverse as European Union (EU) integration, Middle East peace negotiations and Latin American affairs. In short, whether on behalf of foreign sovereigns or multinational corporations, he knows what it takes to succeed on the global stage.
As an EU official, Ambassador Sancho spent time in Brussels and New York, where he worked as a United Nations (UN) liaison, and traveled throughout the Middle East, actively participating in bilateral negotiations and multilateral conferences. Additionally, Ambassador Sancho was involved in the creation of the Middle East Quartet in 2002. While serving as Spain’s youngest ambassador at the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Sancho developed enduring relationships with fellow ambassadors, ministers and political leaders worldwide, as they collaborated on cooperation programs in the fields of human rights, governance, electoral observation, humanitarian issues, de-mining and peace operations. He has also served as special adviser to the President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly regarding Latin American and Caribbean affairs.
Previously, Ambassador Sancho was chief of staff for Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. In this position, he represented Spain, its citizens and its companies when their interests were at stake, playing a prominent role in handling sensitive diplomatic negotiations and the facilitation of Spanish companies’ international expansion.
A native of Spain, Ambassador Sancho holds a master’s in European Studies from the University of Brussels and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Madrid. He has been awarded 12 decorations from different states, including the Legion d’Honneur by the French Republic, for delivering outstanding results in foreign policy. Ambassador Sancho was appointed as Diplomat-in-Residence in the School of International Sevice at American University, where he taught a course on diplomacy in a changing world.