H.E. Ambassador Oscar de Rojas
Ambassador Oscar de Rojas has been the Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations since September 2015.
Prior to his present functions, Amb. de Rojas had served for ten years as Director of the Financing for Development Office in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He was responsible for the organization and execution of the UN International summit Conference on Financing for Development convened in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002, and served also as Executive Secretary of its follow-up conference held in Doha, Qatar in 2008. Amb. de Rojas’ leadership, managerial and diplomatic skills are well known in United Nations circles and have earned him over the years the respect of countries from all regions and groups.
Before joining the UN in 1999, Amb. de Rojas had served for 27 years in the Venezuelan Foreign and Civil Services, attaining the rank of ambassador, and holding senior-level posts in that country’s diplomatic missions at the UN headquarters, in both New York and Geneva, in Paris, and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Caracas. He was Director for International Technical Cooperation between 1980 and 1983, and Director-General for International Economic Affairs between 1990 and 1992. While serving as Deputy Permanent Representative of Venezuela in Geneva, he was President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board and, as DPR in New York, served as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee.
In academia, Amb. de Rojas has been an adjunct professor of Political Science and International Studies at Long Island University in Brookville, New York, teaching courses in Economic Development, Latin American Politics, and United Nations Studies. He also held the position of Director of Global Partnerships for the university. In addition, Amb. de Rojas was a visiting professor at St. John’s University´s Master in Globalization and Development program in Rome and professor of development policy at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.
Amb. de Rojas has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s degrees in Economics and in International Affairs from Columbia University. He also earned a Certificate in International Economics from the Institut International d'Administration in Paris. He is a Knight of Grace and Devotion in Obedience of the Sovereign Order of Malta and has received awards and distinctions from several entities, including the United States, France, Brazil, Chile, and the OAS. Amb. de Rojas is also engaged in various development-policy, human-rights and cultural organizations, including the Latin American Foundation for Human Rights and the New York Crossroads Cultural Center. In 2000 he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II and appointed Consultant to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Amb. de Rojas was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in Venezuela and is also a US citizen; he is fluent in English, Spanish and French. Amb. de Rojas and his wife Patricia have two sons.