Dr Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo has been the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since July 2011. He has a PhD in Development Economics, Regional Science and Econometrics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSc in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Santo Domingo Technological Institute (INTEC).
While in London, he achieved the first-ever signature of a Strategic Partnership between the UK and a Latin American Country: the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rt Hon William Hague, MP, a former British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Carlos Morales Troncoso, a former Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs. Working with British and Dominican trade associations, he has organised six Dominican Weeks in London, the annual Gala Dinner of the Fresh Produce Consortium of the Dominican Republic and the launch of the Direct Cacao movement for fine cacao exports from developing countries. As part of the Presidency Pro-tempore of Central American Integration System (SICA) countries, Ambassador Cuello hosted a Business Seminar at the prestigious Lancaster House in London. He also organised Gastro-DR, which has been the first and largest event promoting the Dominican gastronomic culture.
He was previously appointed as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he succeeded in getting his country elected for the first time as a Member of the Executive Board of UN Women (2011-14) and the ECOSOC (2012-13). At the UN, his priorities were: promoting political stability and economic development in Haiti; food and nutritional security; compliance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); preventing and mitigating natural disasters; achieving gender equality; and transitioning to renewable energy sources in order to adapt to climate change.
From 2005 to 2009, he served as Ambassador to Belgium and the EU, where he was elected President of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors; Chairman of the Rio Group and Chairman of the Caribbean Group. While in Brussels, he was appointed as a Member of the Caribbean College of Negotiators, in order to serve as Lead Negotiator on Services and Investment for the Economic Partnership Agreement between CARIFORUM and its Member States and the EU and its Member States (the CARIFORUM-EU EPA).
From 1999 to 2002, he represented his country as Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva and the WTO, achieving balanced negotiating mandates for developing countries, through strategic alliances with like-minded countries. While in Geneva he was also Chairman of UNCTAD’s Commission on Trade; Member of ILO’s Management Board; Chairman of the ACP Group; Chairman of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) at WIPO, UNCTAD and the ITU; Vice-President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board; Vice-Chairman of the International Summit for the Information Society; and Vice-Chairman of UNCTAD’s International Conference on Competition Law and Policy.
On completing his PhD, he was hired in the Dominican Ministry of Economics as an Economic Advisor to the Minister (1993-95), later becoming a Vice-Minister for Economic Cooperation, co-ordinating the reforms on industrial property, copyright, trade negotiations, consumer protection, competition policy, customs valuation and telecommunications arising from the Uruguay Round Agreements.