Nicolás del Valle Orellana was born on 25 December 1985 in the city of Santiago, Chile. He is Chief of International Affairs at the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile and Associate Professor at the University of Santiago. Also, he is a Board Member at the Imagen de Chile Foundation and a Counselor for Sectoral Brands of ProChile, both national agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whose mission is to promote Chile’s image and goods and services worldwide. He was the program coordinator for the Culture and Communication Sectors and Associate Specialist in Transformative Education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. He is the author of several research articles and books on philosophy, culture, education, and communications. His last book “Materialismo y criticismo: sobre los inicios de la teoría crítica” explores the philosophical origins of the social critical theory (Metales Pesados: Santiago of Chile, forthcoming).
A philosopher and political scientist by training, he has 16 years of national and international experience in cultural policies, cultural heritage, human rights education, political communication, interdisciplinary social research, and international relations, fulfilling roles as a teacher, researcher, policy advisor, and head of projects, plans, and programs. He also served as a director of Pléyade, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences of the International Institute of Philosophy and Social Studies IIPSS. In the field of public policy, he has served as a consultant on sites of memory and human rights education for the National Institute of Human Rights, a policy advisor on cultural heritage and arts education for the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, and member of the expert committee on human rights and international normative instruments for the Constitutional Convention.
Between 2010 and 2011, he was visiting researcher in Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Subsequently, he assumed as executive director of the Center for Political Analysis and Research and coordinated the Chair of Globalization and Democracy at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. In 2012 he was visiting professor in critical theory and aesthetics at the Center of Arts Research in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He then served as visiting fellow in languages and humanities at the University of New South Wales in 2014 (Australia) and as visiting researcher in the line of cultural transfers between Europe and Latin America at the Ibero-American Institute of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation during the 2015 and 2018 (Germany). In addition to having specialized training in UNESCO normative instruments and public policies for sustainable development at United Nations System Staff College, he obtained the degree of Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2020. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Thought, where he graduated with first-class honors, high distinctions, and the best qualifications.