UNWTO Deputy Secretary-General

Mr. Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente of Colombia was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in June 2018.

Prior to joining UNWTO Mr. Cabal served as Minister of Economic Development (1999-2000) and as his country’s Ambassador to Austria (2014-2018) and South Korea (2011-2014). He has held different private sector positions, including key responsibilities in the tourism sector such as the presidencies of the Colombian Hotel and Tourism Association – COTELCO (2002-2011), the presidency of the Chamber of Tourism of Colombia and the Latin American Federation of Hotels and Tourism, and, in the economic sphere, the presidency of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (1994-1999) and of the Colombian Trade Union-Business Council (1998-1999). He has served as an international consultant and lecturer, and as a member of several boards of Colombian organizations and companies, receving multiple awards and recognitions for his work in his country and abroad.

Mr. Cabal holds a degree in Industrial Engineering (Javeriana University) and postgraduate degrees in Senior Management (Los Andes University and Inalde Business School), all from his native Colombia. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the American University in Washington D.C., and studied English Language and Economics at Georgetown University. He has also undertaken specialized management studies at the University of South Carolina (USA), IE Business School and Complutense University in Madrid.