Hugo Llorens, Assistant Chief of Mission
Assistant Chief of Mission
Term of Appointment: May 2012 to present
Ambassador Hugo Llorens is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Llorens was on the National War College faculty and served as Ambassador to Honduras from September 2008 to July 2011. Prior to his assignment as Ambassador, he served for two years as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the American Embassy in Madrid, where he took up his duties on September 1, 2006. Ambassador Llorens was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he served for three years from August 2003 until July 2006.
From 2002-2003, Mr. Llorens was Director of Andean Affairs at the NSC, where he was the principal advisor to the President and National Security Advisor on issues pertaining to Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Prior to the NSC, he served for three years as Principal Officer at the Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada. In Vancouver, he created a novel multi-agency “Law Enforcement Hub” that included the opening of FBI, ATF, U.S. Customs, Secret Service, and Regional Security offices to work with Canadian counterparts on counterterrorism and international crime investigations.
Prior to Vancouver, Mr. Llorens was Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs where he helped launch the FTAA negotiations in 1998. As a 30-year veteran, he has served in Tegucigalpa, La Paz, Asunción, San Salvador, and Manila. Prior to joining the Service, Mr. Llorens was an Assistant Treasurer at the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Mr. Llorens received his Master of Science in National Security Studies, National War College in 1997; Master of Arts in Economics, University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 1980; and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1977.
Mr. Llorens has earned three Superior and six Meritorious Awards. He is a past recipient of the Cobb Award for excellence in the promotion of U.S. business, was runner-up for the Saltzman Award for distinguished performance in advancing U.S. international economic interests, and was nominated for the James Baker Award for superior performance by a DCM. He speaks Spanish, Tagalog, and some French.
He is married to Lisett Aparicio Llorens, and they have two sons, Andrew 23 and Dirk 21.