Joaquin Molina is a Spanish national, whose professional experience over the last fifteen years has consistently focused on international negotiations, conflict prevention, political and security issues. He has worked primarily as an international civil servant at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Headquarters, but also in the field, with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently on a leave of absence from his position in the Operations Division of NATO, Mr Molina has been engaged on a variety of crisis situations, post-conflict contexts, and countries and territories in transition - including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Kosovo. In his role as a senior officer, Mr Molina has also worked on maritime security issues, such as piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Between 2004 and 2008 Mr Molina was deeply involved in the negotiation process regarding the international status of Kosovo, working closely with the team of United Nations Special Envoy – and later Nobel Peace Prize laureate – Martti Ahtisaari, as well as with the EU-Russia-US Troika. In addition to his experience with the Operations Division, he has also worked for NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and in the Private Office of the Secretary General. Prior to joining NATO, he was Head of Section for Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Office of the High Representative in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked for the European Parliament in Brussels and the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C.
In addition to his public sector experience, Mr Molina has been a private sector consultant working on equity markets and public affairs in London and Milan, respectively. An accredited lawyer and member of the Spanish Bar, he earned his law degree from Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain. He also spent one year studying Public International Law at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, where he majored in International Economics and Latin American Affairs. He speaks English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.