Susana Malcorra was designated by President-elect Mauricio Macri to be his new foreign minister. Photo via Flickr.

President-elect Mauricio Macri announced that he has selected United Nations Chief of Staff Susana Malcorra to replace Héctor Timerman.

Who is Malcorra, you ask? The Rosario native has worked as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff since 2012. Prior to that, she worked in the same organization as Secretary General Adjunct of the Department for Support for Field Operations, coordinating peace missions.

“She’s a smart, vigorous and wise woman. She comes to provide her vision on international politics in this new stage we’ll be starting soon. Argentina needs to establish bonds with the rest of the world to develop growth opportunities and prosperity,” said Macri in his announcement.


Before working with Ban Ki Moon, Malcorra worked as deputy executive director of the UN’s World Food Program, supervising humanitarian and emergency operations.

She also ran a hunger-fighting organization under the supervision of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where she was in charge of humanitarian operations carried in 60 countries. In fact, she coordinated and oversaw the initial emergency operations in reaction to the 2004 South Asia tsunami.

Before becoming involved in humanitarian actions, Malcorra worked in the private sector for 25 years and held executive positions in companies such as IBM and Telecóm Argentina, which she became CEO of.