Carlos de Icaza has been Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs since January 1, 2013 and G20 Sherpa for Mexico since February of the same year.

A career diplomat, he studied international relations in the Political and Social Sciences Department of the UNAM. He joined the Mexican Foreign Service as Vice Consul after passing the public exam and was promoted through the ranks of Mexican diplomacy throughout his career until being named ambassador in 1982.

He was appointed Ambassador Emeritus in 2015, a distinction created by the Foreign Service Law and reserved for diplomats with a long, outstanding career in service to Mexico.

Prior to his current post in the Mexican Foreign Ministry, he served as Undersecretary for Latin America and Asia-Pacific (1998-2000); Chief Administrative Officer (1991-93); Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (1988-91); Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean (1983-86); Director General of the Foreign Service (1980-83); and Secretary to the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs (1973-77).

Abroad he has been Mexico's ambassador to France (2007-2012) and Permanent Representative of Mexico to UNESCO (2010-2012); Ambassador to the United States (2004-2007); Japan (2001-2004); Belgium (1996-98); Argentina (1995-96); and Ecuador (1986-88); Third Secretary at the Mexican Embassy in Panama (1971-73), and Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Labor Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland (1979-80).

He has also been Chief Administrative Officer of the Education Ministry and Director of the Documentation and Information Center of the Office of the Undersecretary of Culture, also at the Education Ministry.

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