Sandra Fuentes-Berain

Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union

Sandra Fuentes-Berain is Mexico’s Head of Mission to the European Union (EU) and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg.
 
Ms. Fuentes-Berain was born in Mexico City and studied law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. As a career diplomat, she ascended all the ranks of the External Service until she was appointed Ambassador in 1988 when she served as Consul General in Hong Kong. She has been Ambassador in Canada, France and The Netherlands as well as Consul General in Milan where she headed the Office for the Promotion of Businesses between Mexico and the EU. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was Director General for Europe, Director General for Asia/Pacific and Adviser to the Minister.
 
During her career Sandra Fuentes-Berain has actively promoted relations with NGOs, the media and the business sectors and she participated in the negotiations of both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement with the EU. In the Netherlands she succeeded in adding Mexico to the International Criminal Court and she chaired The Hague working group. During her tenure in Brussels she obtained the recognition of Mexico as a Strategic Partner of the EU, a distinction accorded only to nine countries in the world. In 2007 she was appointed Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe.
 
Ms. Fuentes-Berain  has collaborated in numerous publications: “Towards the Consolidation of a Strategic Relation: Mexico and Canada” (1997); “The Strategic Relation Between the European Union and Latin America” (2008); “Screams and Whispers II: 39 Women’s Untimely Experiences” (2009), to mention only a few. She has been decorated by governments and foreign institutions, among which she received: Knight Grand Cross of the Order Orange-Nassau, the Netherlands (May 2007); Grand Officer of Merit, Italy (December 2005); Commander of the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur, France (March 2001); Commander of the Order of Civilian Merit (May 1983), Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic, Spain (June 1983); Commander of the Order of the Polar Star, Sweden (October 1980); Order of Merit (Grand-Cross with Star), Germany  (May 1980); Member of the Royal Victorian Order, United Kingdom (April 1973).