Enrique V. Iglesias has been the Ibero-American Summit´s Secretary General based in Madrid, Spain from its foundation in 2005 until April 2014. Prior to this, Iglesias held different positions in international organizations, as well as in the Government of Uruguay, including President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the U.N Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Uruguay’s Minister of Foreign Relations and President of its Central Bank. He also was Secretary General of the 1981 U.N Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy and Chairman of the Conference that in 1986 launched in Punta del Este, Uruguay the Uruguay Round and the eventual creation of the WTO.
Iglesias graduated from the Universidad de la República of Uruguay in Economics and Business Administration and pursued specialized programs of study in the United States and France. He was Professor at the Universidad de la República of Uruguay and also served as Director of its Institute of Economics. He has published extensively on Latin American and Uruguayan economic issues, capital markets, external financing and multilateralism. Iglesias has received ten honorary academic degrees from American and European universities, as well as official decorations and professional awards, among them the Príncipe de Asturias award.