Genaro Arriagada is a political scientist and South American politician who has been a Senior Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington DC since 2008 and a board member of the University of the Americas since 2004. He is an international consultant.
He was the Chilean Ambassador to the United States from 1998-1999, head of the presidential campaign for Ricardo Lagos in 1999 and a board member of the State Bank of Chile from 2000-2006.
He has been a Fellow of the Wilson Centre in Washington DC and a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Genaro Arriagada led the group which defeated the Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet in 1988 and was head of Eduardo Frei’s presidential campaign in 1993.
He served as Minister Secretary General of the Presidency from 1994 to 1996 and has worked on transitions to democracy or to provide advice to opposition to dictatorships in countries like Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Serbia, Paraguay and several others.
He has written more than a dozen books.