H.E. José Luis Pardo Cuerdo is a Spanish diplomat born on August 22, 1967, in Segovia, Spain. He holds a degree in Law and has had a distinguished career in diplomacy. He began his diplomatic career on July 12, 1993, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. Throughout his career, he held various roles, including Head of Service in the Director General of Community Institutional Legal Coordination and Special Services.
In 1995, he became the Head of Service in the Director General for Political Affairs for Europe and later served as a Technical Advisor in the same department. In 1996, he became the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Tripoli. Subsequently, he held positions responsible for Administrative Affairs and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Amman. In 2002, he served as a Counsellor at the Embassy of Spain in Berlin. In 2005, he worked in special services and became an Advisor to the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for the European Union, and later an Advisor to the General Sub directorate of General Affairs of the EU. In 2006, he became an Advisor to the Foreign General Directorate for Foreign Policy for Asia Pacific. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Director General of General Affairs in the General Directorate for Integration and Coordination of General and Economic Affairs of the European Union.
In 2012, he became the Deputy Director General for General and Economic Affairs of the European Union. In 2014, he was appointed as the Ambassador of Spain in the Republic of Niger. In 2017, he served as an Ambassador in Special Mission for Migratory Affairs. His most recent position is as the Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia & Brunei, starting on August 4, 2022.
H.E. José Luis Pardo Cuerdo has received various Spanish and foreign decorations, including Commander of the Order of Civil Merit, Knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, and Officer of the Order of Civil Merit. He has also been honored with the Commander of the Order of Merit of Niger. In addition to his diplomatic career, he holds a degree in Art History, a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and has completed a cycle of Doctorate in Law.