Ambassador Belen Alfaro is currently Senior Advisor for Mediation, Preventive Diplomacy and Dialogue in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs in Madrid. Before taking up her current office, she was Ambassador to the State of Qatar from 2018 to 2022, and Ambassador in Special Mission for the Alliance of Civilizations and for Interreligious Dialogue between 2011-2018.
With over 30 years of experience in the diplomatic services, Belen has been at the forefront of political events and international relations. After graduating in Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Belen entered the Spanish Diplomatic Service in 1991.
Her early career saw her in diplomatic postings as Head of Service at the Human Rights Office in Madrid and then Counsellor at the Cabinet of the Vice Minister for the European Union in Brussels. In 1997 she was appointed Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the European Union in Brussels and in 2002 moved on to Islamabad, taking up office as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain to Pakistan.
Back in Spain, she held office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Senior Counsellor for Foreign Policy with the Middle East and North Africa beforehand. In 2006 she moved to New York as Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Mission of Spain to the United Nations.