Sebastian Ortiz

MSc International Political Economy, 2011
Secretary, Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the World Trade Organization

Please describe your career path to date

After finishing my Masters at LSE I returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deal with issues in the MERCOSUR Trade Commission. My dissertation was centred on political economy aspects of the MERCOSUR's Trade Policy which was very useful for my job. I spent one year at the ministry before I was posted to the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the WTO in Geneva. 

Tell us about your current job

I’m a Second Secretary in the Permanent Mission; I deal with different issues regarding the participation of Paraguay in the World Trade Organisation. I am also the Geneva based negotiator of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and for Non Agriculture Market Access (NAMA) 

What do you like most about your job? Is there anything that you dislike?

Firstly, I like the field of International Trade. It is very interesting to defend the interest of my country in the multilateral trading system. We are a small Mission here in Geneva and we have to deal with everything. The only part that I do not like is the rigid and vertical hierarchy of the Diplomatic career.  

What career plans do you have for the future?  

I want to continue within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and work my way up the organisation. Maybe, someday I would like to work in an international economic organisation.  

Thinking back, why did you choose your degree subject and why did you choose LSE?  

I chose my degree as it was closely related to my university background in economics and my career in as a diplomat. I wanted to study a degree with a very strong base in economics plus some analysis of domestic and international politics. 

How has your time at LSE helped you so far in your career?

A lot - I met very interesting people at LSE and made very good friends. We are still in touch. I meet regularly with some of them here in Geneva in seminars, conferences, etc.   

What advice would you give to prospective or current LSE students?   

My first advice will be to take advantage of a such enormous institute like LSE, go to as much Public Lectures as you can; stay every Friday evening at the George IV; meet as much people you can, does not matter the field; and do not hesitate to ask to book appointments with the academics. 

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience? 

One of the best experience of my life; one year was too short!   

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Sebastian Ortiz