H.E. Mrs. Anet Pino Rivero is the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She presented her credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on January 26th, 2022.
Mrs. Pino Rivero began her professional career with a background in law. She obtained a law degree in 1997 at her hometown’s university, the University of Havana. Upon graduating, she was in social services as a judge in the San José de las Lajas Court for two years.
From this point onward, Mrs. Pino Rivero became more involved in diplomacy. She was briefly an official in the postgraduate course for diplomatic attaches at the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of International Relations. In 2001, she embarked on her first mission abroad as a Diplomatic Attache in the Cuban Embassy to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. When she returned, she became an official with the rank of Third Secretary in the Legal Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The rest of Mrs. Pino Rivero’s time in the MOFA up to today would see her maintaining her specialization in law.
In 2007, she was assigned to another mission abroad; this time it was as First Secretary in the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN. Upon completing her term, she returned to the Legal Division in 2009 as Deputy Director with the rank of Advisor. For the next 10 years, Mrs. Pino Rivero focused her efforts on working domestically. In 2011, she became Deputy-Director with the rank of Advisor in the International Law Division of the MOFA. Five years later, she was promoted to Director with the rank of Minister-Advisor.
Nevertheless, Mrs. Pino Rivero still traveled frequently as a member of various official Cuban delegations. These include delegations in high-level visits to Belarus and Angola, and those to intergovernmental organizations, such as the UN and the International Seabed Authority. Additionally, while continuing her work, Mrs. Pino Rivero pursued a Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Law. She obtained her degree in 2017 at the Center for International Humanitarian Law of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana.
Mrs. Pino Rivero is beginning her tenure as Ambassador on a well-timed occasion as 2022 marks the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Netherlands.
The diplomat community in The Hague sends a warm welcome to Ambassador Pino Rivero and wishes her all the best in her new term.