Ir Arriba


M.Sc. in Agricultural Development from the University of London, Masters in Animal Production from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), headquartered in Costa Rica, and qualified Veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

He began his career at IICA in 1988 at its Headquarters. He has worked as an Advisor to the Director General, as Director of Programming and Evaluation, as Director of the Andean Regional Centre, and as IICA Representative to Uruguay and to Brazil, a position he held on two occasions.

He has authored several technical documents on international trade, sectoral policies and agricultural modernization.

Previously, he served in Washington D.C. as an Agricultural Attaché, attached to the Ministry of Agriculture of Argentina and was also Vice-President of Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria – INTA (The National Institute of Agricultural Technology).

He was elected in 2017 as Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for the 2018-2022 period. In his first few months in office, Dr. Otero focused on laying the foundation for the transformation of the Institute, the primary mission of which is to promote agricultural and rural development in its 34 Member States through technical cooperation of excellence. With this objective in mind, he has succeeded in implementing an innovative policy on partnerships, by developing work agendas with multilateral, bilateral, national and local entities and with the private sector, with a view to strengthening agriculture, rural well-being in the Americas and the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on new models of cooperation.

In keeping with his demonstrable leadership role in the western hemisphere, Dr. Otero has been nominated by the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit as a member of the Multi-Actor Food Systems Champions Network to represent the agricultural and rural sectors of North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This Network is one of the four principal support structures for the Food Systems Summit. As a Champion, he is committed to providing effective advocacy for improved resilience and sustainability in the agricultural sector of the Americas.

Dr. Víctor M. Villalobos

2010 - 2018

Dr. Chelston W.D. Brathwaite

2002 - 2010

Dr. Carlos E. Aquino G.

1994 - 2002

Dr. Martín Piñeiro

1986 - 1994

Dr. Francisco Morillo A.

1982 - 1986

Dr. José Emilio G. Araujo

1970 - 1982

Ing. Armando Samper

1960 - 1969

Ing. Carlos Madrid V.

1969-1970 | 1966 - 1967

Dr. Ralph H. Allee V.

1946 - 1960

Dr. Earl N. Bressman V.

1942 - 1946