Laura Albornoz Pollmann is Director of Codelco and an academic at the Department of Private Law at the Law Faculty of the Universidad de Chile. She studied law at the Universidad de Chile where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal and Social Sciences and the professional title of Lawyer, conferred by the Supreme Court of Chile. She received her doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Seville with summa cum laude honours, with the thesis "The works contract, a comparative analysis of Spanish and Chilean legislation and jurisprudence." She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the International Business School in Madrid, Spain.
In the first term of President Michelle Bachelet, Laura Albornoz was Minister of the National Service for Women (SERNAM), and from 2008 to 2009 she was President of the Inter-American Commission on Women (IACW) of the Organization of American States (OAS). From September 2009 to September 2010 she served as envoy on the "Pathways to Prosperity" project launched by the Secretary of State of the United States.
From January 2010 she served as advisor to President of the Republic Michelle Bachelet. After the earthquake in February 2010 she took on the role of Presidential Delegate in the commune of Constitucion in the face of the catastrophe the country had experienced. From May of that year she worked on the Dialoga Foundation's community reconstruction projects in Chile’s 7th Region.
Albornoz has worked actively as a lawyer, as partner-manager of the law firm Albornoz Abogados Asociados. She has represented companies and individuals before public authorities in proceedings relating to specialized regulatory, supervisory and/or state sanctioning activities. She has also represented extensively in civil, commercial and labour litigation cases.
Laura Albornoz has also been active as an academic, specifically as Assistant Professor of Private Law at the Universidad de Chile, Assistant Academic at the Universidad de Los Lagos, the Universidad de Santiago (Usach) and the Universidad de Talca, and in the Mining Law Master’s programme of the Mining and Water Institute at the Universidad de Atacama. She has also lectured on issues concerning the human rights of women at the Judicial Academy and Diplomatic Academy of Chile. At the time of her appointment to Codelco she was working as Associate Expert for the Gender Network of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Latin America and the Caribbean. In her career she has participated in the promotion and processing of numerous legal initiatives in Chile designed to safeguard, ensure and promote the human rights of women.
From September 2010 to May 9, 2014, she was National Vice-president of the Chilean Christian Democratic Party.see all Speakers