Alabama Model United Nations X is proud to present former U.S. Ambassador Lino Gutierrez as the Keynote Speaker of our conference.

Ambassador (ret.) Lino Gutiérrez has been the Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which is dedicated to a strong and professional Foreign Service, since 2010.  In September of 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ambassador Gutiérrez is CEO of Gutiérrez Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing on strategic advice on Latin America and Europe for potential investors.  In 2007, Gutiérrez Global LLC signed a contract with the Department of Commerce.  Ambassador Gutiérrez served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez on Cuba transition and Latin America from 2007-09.  In 2010, Gutiérrez Global LLC won a five-year State Department contract to direct and teach a course on the Southern Cone countries at the Foreign Service Institute.


Ambassador Gutierrez serves as adjunct professor and Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.  In September 2013, he was named Distinguished Visiting Professor in Strategic and International Studies at the University of Alabama.


After a 29-year career in which he served six U.S. Presidents and 11 Secretaries of State, Lino Gutiérrez retired from the Department of State in November 2006.  His last posting was as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006.  During his tenure, the U.S. and Argentina signed agreements on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and container security.  In 2005, Ambassador Gutiérrez welcomed President Bush to Argentina as he attended the Summit of the Americas. 


Gutiérrez also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 1999-2002.  He led the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on September 11, 2001 and beyond.  He accompanied Secretary of State Colin Powell to Lima, Peru for the signing of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and returned with the Secretary to the United States on September 11, 2001.


In 1996, President Clinton nominated Lino Gutiérrez to serve as Ambassador to Nicaragua.  After being confirmed by the Senate, he served until 1999.  While in Nicaragua, Ambassador Gutiérrez coordinated the relief effort after Hurricane Mitch.  Other overseas postings included tours in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas.


Gutiérrez is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.   From 2007-2012, he served on the SOUTHCOM Commander’s Advisory Board, and from 2009-2012 he served on the Board of Visitors of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security in Fort Benning, Ga.  From 2002-2003, Gutiérrez occupied the Department of State George Kennan chair as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. 


Lino Gutiérrez has been the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times).  He has also earned the U.S. Army’s Civilian Award.


A native of Havana, Cuba, Gutiérrez has a master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Alabama, and also attended the University of Miami.  After graduating from college, he taught social studies for the Dade County (Fla.) school system and the Urban League.  He is married to the former Miriam Messina from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The couple has three daughters and six grandchildren.

On campus, the Ambassador is an honored guest of Alabama International Relations Club, Capstone International Center, the History and Political Science Departments, the Blount Honors Program, and the Honors College.