María de los Angeles Arriola Aguirre,
Ambassador of Mexico in Ghana

Ambassador Arriola Aguirre has a degree in International Relations from the School of Political Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has also pursued several certificates, including about Mexico’s foreign policy and its links with Latin America and Europe, international economic cooperation, cultural promotion, and consular and legal protection affairs.
She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 and is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service.
She is the Head of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana since 2015, which oversees the Republics of The Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. She is the first Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana after the reopening of the Mexican Embassy in 2014.

She has held a number of positions in the Foreign Ministry, being the most recently as Deputy Director General for Mediterranean Europe and non-member countries of the European Union (2011-2015).  She has also served in the Embassy of Mexico in Uruguay, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and Morocco.

She has being part of the Permanent Representation of Mexico before the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Program World Food Organization (WFP), and the Alternate Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 1992, she joined the Mexican delegation at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

She collaborated in the publication of the "Guide to the Proceedings of the International Boundary and Water Commission between Mexico and the United States, on the Centenary of its Establishment (1989)” and published in the Italian Latin American Institute (IILA), based in Rome, an article on the relations between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union facing the challenges of the 21st century. She has participated as a speaker in various conferences and seminars on economic promotion.

In addition to Spanish, she speaks fluent English, Italian, and French, and has an understanding of Portuguese.

She is married and has two sons.