Bernardo Álvarez Herrera

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.

Bernardo Álvarez Herrera (Carora, Lara State, 18 August 1956 – 25 November 2016) was Venezuela's ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2010 (with an interruption from mid-2008 to mid-2009, when Venezuela withdrew its ambassador) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations.[1]

Álvarez Herrera held a degree in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a master's degree in development studies from the University of Sussex in England.[2] Beginning in 1982, he served as a professor at the Universidad Central's School of Political and Administrative Studies. His otther previous positions included; deputy minister of hydrocarbons (2000–03) and director-general of hydrocarbons (1999–2000) at the Ministry of Energy and Mines.[2] From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of the Venezuelan Chamber of Deputies.

In September 2008, Herrera was expelled from the United States after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused his American counterpart of conspiring to overthrow his regime and ordered him to leave the country.[3] He was restored to his post after the Venezuelan and US governments agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

In December 2010, the U.S. government again expelled Alvarez in response to President Hugo Chavez's refusal to accept President Obama's nomination of Larry Palmer.

He also served as Venezuela's ambassador to Spain from 2011 to 2013. In fall of 2013, he was appointed secretary general of ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.[4]

On October 2, 2015. Álvarez was designated Ambassador Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States (OAS)

On May 13, 2016. Without leaving his ambassadorship post, Álvarez was designated Acting Deputy Minister for North America .

He died of a heart attack on November 25, 2016 in Washington, DC


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Luis Herrera Marcano (Chargé d'affaires)
Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States of America
2003 2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Roy Chaderton
Ambassador Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the OAS
Succeeded by
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