Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente - 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) and the Colombian Business Associations Council (1998-1999). He has served as an international consultant and lecturer, and as a member of several boards of Colombian organizations and companies.

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.

In addition to his native Spanish, he is fluent in English as a business language.