An Economic & Political Dialogue with Peru’s Ambassador to the United States of America

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The Peruvian-American Association welcomes members, private and public sector leaders to dialogue with Peru’s Ambassador to the United States of America.


Ambassador Carlos José Pareja Ríos

Became ambassador of Peru to the United States on Sept. 16, 2016, having previously headed Peru’s Directorate General of Africa, Middle East and Gulf Countries since 2015 and, before that, Peru’s Directorate General of America from 2014 to 2015.

Ambassador Pareja also served as Peru’s ambassador to Chile (2009-14); chief of state protocol in Lima (2006-09); ambassador to Switzerland (2003-05); ambassador to Spain (2000-02); and national director of the Directorate General of Sovereignty and Border Development, participating in peace negotiations with Ecuador, among other duties (1998-2000).
Ambassador Pareja holds a bachelor’s of law degree from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres, a master’s in diplomacy and foreign relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru, a law studies degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a bachelor’s of arts from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Kelli Bissett-Tom
Director in Fitch Ratings’ sovereigns group in New York, responsible for analysis and ratings of sovereign credits in Latin America. She has covered Peru since 2016. Her portfolio includes Peru, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Suriname. Prior to joining Fitch in 2015, Kelli was a credit analyst for multilateral bank and Caribbean and Central American sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor’s. She began her career as a policy associate for the ‘Americas Quarterly’ policy journal at the Council of the Americas.
Kelli earned her master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in finance and economic policy from Columbia University. She has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service, Spanish, and economics from Alma College. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

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