Mathias Francke is the Director for Bilateral Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since July 2012. Previously he was Chief of Cabinet and senior advisor to the Chilean Vice Minister of Trade. As a Foreign Service officer since 1989, he has been posted to the Economic Section of the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC (1992 to 1996) and the Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2000 to 2005 and 2006 to 2010 the latter as Deputy Chief of Mission). Back in capital he has worked in the America’s Bureau of the Trade Promotion Bureau – ProChile -, and in the office of the Director General both in the General Directorate for International Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005 after returning from Geneva he was asked to establish and implement a Dispute Settlement Unit in charge of the defense of the country’s trade interest in bilateral and WTO disputes.
Mr. Francke is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Chile and has a graduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is frequently invited to give lectures and to participate in seminars and workshops in the areas of Trade Policy particularly in dispute settlement, trade and environment, TBT and trade remedies. He has served as panelists in WTO cases US – Gambling and Korea – Measures affecting the importation of beef from Canada.