Natalia Saltalamacchia Ziccardi is Director General of the Foreign Ministry's Matías Romero Institute (IMR). Previously, she was director of the undergraduate International Relations department and of the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs (CEPI) at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) where she was a professor for ten years.  She belongs to the National System of Researchers (SNI) as a level 1 national researcher.

Currently, Ms. Saltalamacchia is one of the vice-presidents of the Mexican Association of International Studies (AMEI). She holds a BA in International Relations from the ITAM, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

She is the author and editor of México y el multilateralismo del siglo XXI (Mexico and 21st Century Multilateralism), with Olga Pellicer and Guadalupe González, and the coordinator with Ana Covarrubias of Los derechos humanos en la política exterior: seis casos latinoamericános (Human Rights in Foreign Policy: Six Latin American Cases), among other books. She has also collaborated on articles and chapters for academic journals and books on human rights issues in international politics, regionalism and multilateralism, in addition to publishing opinion pieces in newspapers and magazines.

Since 2006, she has been a member of the editorial board of the Foreign Affairs Latin America journal; the editorial committee of the ITAM Estudios magazine; and the editorial research board of the Reforma newspaper. In addition, she has been a member of several juries: for the diplomatic-consular promotion exam of the Mexican Foreign Service; the Adrián Lajous Award for undergraduate theses at the Colegio de México and the Consultative Council of the Foreign Ministry's Archives of Diplomatic History.

She is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

She has taken part in numerous congresses, seminars and conferences in cities such as Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Sao Paulo at universities including the ITAM, COLMEX, UNAM and London School of Economics (LSE). In addition, she has lectured at the Matías Romero Institute and the Foreign Ministry.