Ernesto Ottone

Assistant Director General for Culture, UNESCO - virtual

Ernesto Ottone Ramírez is assistant director general for culture of UNESCO.

Previously, he served as Chile’s first minister of culture, arts and heritage from 2015 to 2018. In this role, he created a Department of First Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protections. He also chaired the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From 2011 to 2015, he served as director general of the University of Chile’s Artistic and Cultural Extension Center, which manages the Chilean National Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet, the Symphonic Choir and the Vocal Camerata. From 2001 to 2010, he held the position of executive director at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago.

He holds a master's degree in management of cultural institutions and policies from the University of Paris IX Dauphine and a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Chile.

Ernesto Ottone