Mr. Jose Maria Chiquillo Barber

Mr. José María Chiquillo Barber was born in Valencia, Spain, on November 24, 1964. He majored in Law from the University of Valencia, specializing in Public Law.  He has been a member of the Congress of Deputies, Spanish Parliament (1994-2000), as well as a member of the Spanish Senate (2004-2015). In 2015, he was elected Deputy for Valencia in Congress in the XI (2015-2016) and XII (2016-2020) Constitutional Legislature of Spain. He serves as the spokesman for the Parliamentary Group of the Popular Party in the Commission for International Cooperation for Development.  Currently, he is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Culture Committee and the Spanish Delegation Member to the OSCE Assembly.

Since July 2014, Mr. Chiquillo Barber has been a Researcher at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) of the Catholic University of Valencia Saint Vincent Martyr.  In April 2015, he became the Focal Point of Spain for the International Network for the UNESCO Silk Roads Online Platform, and was chosen to be its President, soon thereafter.