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The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, H.E. Dr. Juan Bautista Durán

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His Excellency Juan Bautista Durán, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, is known for his rich background encompassing political leadership, entrepreneurship, and significant academic accomplishments.

Ambassador Durán presented his credentials to HM Willem Alexander,  King of The Netherlands in March 17, 2021, since then his diplomatic efforts are directed towards enhancing the bonds between the Dominican Republic and The Netherlands, with a focus on fostering collaboration and mutual understanding.

His educational background includes a Specialty in Periodontal and Implant Surgery from the European Center, a Master’s in Orthodontics from the European Center, a Master’s in Public Health from La Havana University, and a Doctorate in Dentistry from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. He served as the Head of the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo from 1983 to 1990. Additionally, he held the position of Professor of Master’s Degree in Public Health and Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo during the same period.

Prior to his diplomatic assignment, Ambassador Durán played an important role as the Coordinator of the political movement “United for Change in Europe.” This movement, affiliated with the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) of the Dominican Republic, underscores the significance of the diaspora in driving positive transformation within Dominican society. His leadership has contributed to the political growth and prominence of the PRM.

Ambassador Durán also served as the Vice-President of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) in Europe from 1995 to 2013, and as the General Director of the “Casa de la Cultura” in Spain from 2000 to 2004. This institution played an essential role in generating artistic and cultural projects for the Dominican community abroad.

Between 2009 and 2020, he established and presided over the “Verydents” dental clinics in Spain. He is the Founder of the first Ibero-American Congress of Dental Students, served as Vice President of the Dental Association of Spain, and acted as a Spokesman and Representative of the socialist block in Europe. Moreover, his engagement as a Member of the International Directorate of the World Youth Festivals and participation as a Delegate in 18 international youth events exemplify his dedication to global youth initiatives. He further contributed as an International Brigade member in Nicaragua, demonstrating his commitment to international solidarity.

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