Date: 09/15/2010 Description: Hispanic Heritage Month 2010: Guillermo S. Christensen - State Dept Image

Currently serving as the science and technology advisor to the U.S. Mission to the OECD, Guillermo Santiago Christensen advocates for U.S. interests on issues such data protection and privacy, internet freedom, cybersecurity, innovation, and international cooperation on bio- and nanotechnology, working closely with several bureaus including EB and OES.

In addition to his diplomatic experience, Guillermo leverages his background as a lawyer—previously in private international practice—and his work as an intelligence analyst. Since the OECD is in many ways a giant international think tank, Guillermo is also able to draw on his contacts and experiences as a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC.

Born in Argentina, Guillermo and his family left Buenos Aires during the “Dirty War” and, via a detour to South Africa, were able to immigrate to the U.S., where he became a U.S. citizen in 1988 (which together with the birth of his son, is the proudest moment of his life). The next year, while completing his master’s degree at Georgetown University, Guillermo began a long stint of public service as an intern at the consulate general in Cape Town, where, among other things, he helped to monitor the plight of political dissidents who had been “banned” by the South African apartheid regime. Guillermo is a tandem spouse of a Foreign Service officer.