Francisco Santos Calderón
Francisco Santos Calderón
|42nd Colombia Ambassador to the United States|
|Assumed office |
6 September 2018
|President||Iván Duque Márquez|
|Preceded by||Camilo Reyes Rodríguez|
|8th Vice President of Colombia|
August 7, 2002 – August 7, 2010
|President||Álvaro Uribe Vélez|
|Preceded by||Gustavo Bell|
|Succeeded by||Angelino Garzón|
|Born||August 14, 1961|
Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
|Political party||Democratic Center (Colombia)|
|Spouse(s)||María Victoria García|
|Alma mater||University of Kansas|
University of Texas at Austin
Francisco Santos Calderón (born October 14, 1961 in Bogotá), also known as Pacho Santos, is a Colombian politician and journalist. Santos was elected as Álvaro Uribe's second runner up and became Vice President in the Colombian elections of 2002. Santos was re-elected in the presidential elections of 2006 for a second term once again with President Uribe to continue as Vice President of Colombia. His great-uncle Eduardo Santos was President of Colombia from 1938 to 1942 and the succeeding president of Colombia (Juan Manuel Santos) is his cousin. He is currently serving as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States. He presented his credentials to president Donald Trump on September 17, 2018.
Santos, like his cousin, ex-President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, attended high school at Colegio San Carlos a private all-male elite school in Bogotá. Both are also is a graduates of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, United States.
Santos also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and attended Harvard as a Neiman Fellow.
Human rights advocate
Upon his return, Santos became an advocate of human rights in Colombia, especially those of victims affected by kidnapping after he himself suffered from this practice. He created a non-governmental organisation called Fundación Pais Libre (Free Country Foundation), with the intentions of advancing awareness and helping the victims and their families. However, he has been criticised due to polemic declarations that support repression against students involved in protests.
Since 2008, Santos has spoken as part of the Shared Responsibility campaign to raise public awareness of cocaine production's impacts on Colombia's forest biodiversity, including deforestation and chemical contamination. The campaign links cocaine use to environmental destruction.
Ambassador of Colombia to the United States of America
Santos served as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States of America in Washington D.C. from September 2018 to January 2020.
- "Shared Responsibility". Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- "Pacho Santos anuncia su salida de la embajada en Estados Unidos". eltiempo.com. Retrieved 17 January 2020.