- Claudia Turbay Quintero
Claudia Turbay Quintero Colombia Ambassador to Switzerland Incumbent Assumed office
12 January 2010
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Preceded by Claudia Jiménez Jaramillo Colombia Ambassador to Liechtenstein Incumbent Assumed office
17 June 2010
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Preceded by Claudia Jiménez Jaramillo Colombia Ambassador to Uruguay In office
8 November 2002 – 12 January 2010
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Preceded by Arturo Sarabia Better Succeeded by María Clara Isaza Merchán Permanent Representative of Colombia to the Latin American Integration Association In office
13 November 2002 – 25 November 2009
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Preceded by Arturo Sarabia Better Succeeded by María Clara Isaza Merchán President of Proexport In office
18 February 2002 – 8 August 2002
President Andres Pastrana Arango Preceded by Angela María Orozco Gómez Succeeded by Luis Guillermo Plata Páez Personal details Born 27 June 1952
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian Political party Liberal Spouse(s) Jaime Granja Leudo (divorced) Relations Julio César Turbay Ayala (father)
Diana Turbay Quintero (sister)
Julio César Turbay Quintero (brother)
Children Claudia Alexandra Granja Turbay
Laura Rojas Turbay
Santiago Rojas Turbay
Alma mater Fordham University (BA, 1980)
New York University (MA, 1984)
Profession Journalist Religion Roman Catholic
Claudia Turbay Quintero (born 27 June 1952) is a Colombian journalist and diplomat. She currently serves as Ambassador of Colombia to Switzerland, with dual accreditation as Non-Resident Ambassador to Lichtenstein. Prior to her current post, Turbay served as Ambassador of Colombia to Uruguay and concurrently as Permanent Representative of Colombia to the Latin American Integration Association in Montevideo from 2002 to 2009, and had over 27 years of experience working with Proexport, holding various positions including Commercial Director in the Miami offices, and Vice President, eventually being appointed President of the agency in 2002.
Turbay started working with Proexport, then called Proexpo, in 1974 in the New York City offices as a clerk in the business library; from there she became and adjunct member in New York City and was later appointed Commercial Director of the Miami office. She returned to Colombia in 1994 and worked for Proexport Advisor to the General Manager, Deputy General Manager, Vice President and eventually President of Proexport in 2002.
On 24 October 2002, Turbay was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay with dual accreditation as Permanent Representative to the Latin American Integration Association by President Álvaro Uribe Vélez in a ceremony that took place in the Palace of Nariño. She presented her credentials the following month to President of Uruguay Jorge Batlle Ibáñez at the Estévez Palace on 8 November, and to ALADI Secretary General Juan Francisco Rojas Penso on 24 November.
Following the refused acceptance of two previous candidates, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón submitted the candidacy of Turbay to the Swiss Government for their approval and after receiving the bene placito, Turbay was sworn in on 8 January 2009 by Chancellor Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to the Swiss Confederation with dual accreditation to the Principality of Liechtenstein in a ceremony that took place at the Palace of San Carlos. After arriving at her mission in Bern, Turbay presented her credentials to Swiss President Doris Leuthard in a ceremony at the Federal Palace of Switzerland on 2 January 2010, and later that year to Crown Prince Alois of Liechtenstein in ceremony at Vaduz Castle on 17 June.
Born on 27 June 1952, she is the daughter of former President of Colombia Julio César Turbay Ayala and his first wife and former First Lady of Colombia Nydia Quintero Turbay. She is of Lebanese and Basque descent through both her parents. The third out of four children, her other siblings are Julio César, a politician and former Comptroller General of Colombia, Diana Consuelo, a journalist who was killed during a rescue operation following her kidnapping, and María Victoria, a lawyer and Vice President of Fundación Solidaridad por Colombia a nonprofit organization in Bogotá. She married Jaime Granja Leudo with whom she had one daughter, Claudia Alexandra, but later divorced. From her second marriage she had two children Laura and Santiago.
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