CARLOS D. SORRETA (Chief of Mission I)
Ambassador Sorreta is a career diplomat with the rank of Chief of Mission I. He joined the Philippine Foreign Service in 1990. He is a graduate of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Bar. While in law school, he worked as a research assistant on international law for several professors and Justices of the Supreme Court, was captain of the international law moot court team, and was a member of the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal and the Philippine Yearbook of International Law.
Ambassador Sorreta has had specialized training on international law and diplomacy, including a UN Fellowship in International Law at Columbia Law School and the Hague Academy of International Law External Program.
At the Home Office, Ambassador Sorreta held the positions of Director-General of the Foreign Service Institute and Assistant Secretary for American Affairs. He was also Director of the Treaties Division, Southeast Asia Division, US Division, and Pacific Division, as well as Special Assistant to the President, the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and the Undersecretary for Policy. He has negotiated several multilateral and bilateral treaties for the Philippines and has appeared as Counsel for the Philippines before the International Court of Justice.
In the Foreign Service, he was the Deputy Permanent Representative at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he was previously the Legal Adviser and Representative for Disarmament and International Security. At the United Nations, he Chaired the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization and was Vice-Chairman of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security). He was also the Philippine Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summit Process.
He also held the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. While in Washington, he negotiated several agreements and appeared before the US House of Representatives on behalf of Filipino WW II veterans.
For his work in foreign policy, he was bestowed the Presidential Order of Mabini, with the rank of Dakilang Kasugo.
Ambassador Sorreta is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Leaders Network, the Philippine Society for International Law and the American Society for International Law.
Ambassador Sorreta was on the faculty of several colleges and universities in the Philippines where he taught international law, diplomatic and consular practice, treaty law, and international relations. He was a lecturer on these subjects at the Foreign Service Institute and for the classes on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
Ambassador Sorreta is married with three children.