Jorge Heine is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Ambassador of Chile to China. During his tenure in China, Chile became the first country to sign an enhanced version of a free trade agreement with China; a bilateral treaty to avoid double taxation was negotiated and ratified; Chile joined the Asian Investment and Infrastructure Bank (AIIB); Chile became the world´s largest exporter of fruit to China, and China the #1 market for Chilean wine.
Heine was previously the CIGI Professor of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (2007-2017) and a Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Vice President of the International Political Science Association. Heine was previously Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (2003-2007). During his tenure, the first presidential visit from Chile to India took place, a bilateral trade agreement was signed, and Chilean exports grew tenfold, to US$ 2.2 billion.
Heine also served as the Minister of National Assets of Chile (1999). Prior to that he served as Ambassador of Chile to South Africa (1994-1999), cross-accredited to Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. He was the first Ambassador to present credentials to President Nelson Mandela and collaborated with him and with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the establishment of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 1997 and 1998 he was listed among the 100 most influential personalities in South Africa by Johannesburg’s leading newspaper, The Star.
Heine has lectured at universities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford (1984) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1990). He was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2011, a Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz in Germany in 2012, and the Pablo Neruda Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Paris in 2012-2013.
Heine is the author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books, including Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century (with Cynthia Arnson, The Wilson Center, 2014); and The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (with A. Cooper and R. Thakur, 2013, 2015). He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The International Herald Tribune, and he is the author of some one hundred academic articles in books and in journals. He was among the top ten most active ambassadors on Twitter worldwide from April 2016 to March 2017, according to @Twiplomacy.
Heine was born in Santiago, Chile in 1948. He graduated from the University of Chile Law School in 1972 and did graduate studies in Political Science at York University in England, where he received a B.Phil. in Modern Political Analysis, and at Stanford University in California, where he received his MA and PhD.