Alfonso Quinonez is International Relations Manager of Grupo Progreso, one of Central America’s largest industrial conglomerates. Prior to taking up his role with Grupo Progreso, Quinonez held a number of positions with the Organization of American States (OAS), most recently as Executive Secretary for the Summit of the Americas. Before that he was the OAS’s Secretary for External Relations, a position preceded by four years as the Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development. He was also Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary General, after holding positions as the Director of the Office of Policies and Programs for Development of the OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, Acting Executive Secretary for Integral Development, and Acting Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Integral Development. He joined the OAS in July 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies.
His time with the OAS was preceded by a post as Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Municipality of the City of Guatemala; over nine years of service with Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, and a position as junior partner with law firm Mayora & Mayora of Guatemala.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and chair of the Board's Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Master's program in integral economic development at the Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics, and lecturer at the United States Foreign Service Institute on Latin American and Caribbean issues.
Quinonez earned his Master in Laws (LLM) from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor (JD) from Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala.