Loreto Leyton is the Executive Director of the Chile Pacific Foundation and is currently serving as Executive Director of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) during 2019. 

The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence was fortunate to bring Ms Leyton to New Zealand as a guest speaker. 

As a former diplomat of the Chilean Foreign Service, she served, among other postings, five years at the Embassy of Chile in Argentina, five years at the Mission of Chile to the United Nations and two years as senior adviser to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). She has deep experience in international negotiations and affairs. 

During her work at the UN, she was elected Vice-President of the Third Committee of the General Assembly and Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women, both on behalf of Latin America. 

Before leaving the diplomatic service, she also spent two years at the Chilean Trade Promotion Agency where she was the Executive Secretary of the Advisory Councils on Attraction of Foreign Investment and on Industry and Services. She has a Master´s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Institute of High Entrepreneurial Studies of the Universidad Austral of Argentina and a degree in Geography from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. 

In two years, time New Zealand will be hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. This year Chile is hosting the meeting of APEC leaders and their annual dialogue with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). 

Meetings to prepare these events have seen the emergence of some exciting new ideas that emphasise the digital economy, sustainability and the increased participation of women and SMEs alongside traditional APEC and ABAC goals. 

In her seminar presentations in both Auckland and Wellington, Ms Leyton gave a private sector view of ABAC’s goals for Chile’s APEC Year, and how these goals can create new opportunities for exporters. 


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