Mr. José Leandro Consarnau Guardiola is the former Spanish Ambassador to Guinea and Sierra Leone.
He attended the University of Geneva, where he graduated in Political Science and Sociology, after which he received a postgraduate degree from the University Institute of European Studies (Instituto Universitario de Altos Estudios Europeos, in Spanish).
In 1990, he entered the Diplomatic service.
He has been stationed at the Embassy of Spain in Russia and at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. He was also Deputy Chief of the Spanish Embassies in Sweden and Qatar.
In Madrid he has held different positions of responsibility throughout his career: in the former Directorate General of International Economic Relations; in the former Directorate General of Foreign Policy and Multilateral Affairs; and in the former Directorate General of United Nations and Human Rights, as Deputy Director General of International Technical Organizations (Organismos Internacionales Técnicos, in Spanish).
Mr. Consarnau has extensive experience in Economic Diplomacy, having participated in the negotiation of several economic and financial agreements with the OECD countries, among others. He was also a prominent member of the Spanish delegation to the World Trade Organization from 1997 to 2002 and during the Doha and Geneva Round negotiations.
He has also been a member of the Inter-ministerial Board of Defense and Dual-Use Material (Junta Interministerial de Material de Defensa y de Doble Uso, in Spanish) and he participated in the launch of the Spanish Space Law Centre (Centro Español de Derecho Espacial, in Spanish), being the Spanish delegate to the International Cooperation Committee of the European Space Agency from 1995 to 1997.