Please join host, H.E. Ambasador Carlos Gianelli Derois, and his colleagues
for fun evening at their Embassy.
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When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm

What: Reception & Briefing with the Ambassador and his colleagues 

Our host, His Excellency Carlos Gianelli Derois, Ambassador of Uruguay to the U.S, will welcome Wharton Club Members & guest for an enjoyable event at his Embassy. 

The Ambassador will review various aspects of history, culture, business, economics, politics and major issues of his nation, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Following comments, attendees will be able to ask questions and meet with members of the embassy staff. The reception will include a nice assortment of Uruguayan food and beverages.

Where: Embassy of Uruguay, 1913 Eye St, NW (near Metro: Farrague N & West); Parking at

various nearby garages 

REGISTER: - Only limited number of places available - NEW DATE TO BE POSTED WHEN ARRANGED

Wharton Club Members & Guests:

  • President's Club & Lifetime: Comp for you and a guest

  • Other Members: 29/person, inclusive

  • Strategic Partner Members: Harvard, National Economists Clubs, WAMM: 29/person, inclusive

All others: 39/person, inclusive

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  Meet His Excellency Ambassador Carlos Gianelli Derois

  • Carlos Gianelli Derois

  • Born March 7th, 1948.

  • He is married and has 3 children.

    • Education:

  • Primary and Secondary Education (1954-1964), at Crandon Institute (Montevideo). 

  • Doctor in Law and Social Studies (1964-1975) at the Law and Social Studies School in Montevideo (Universidad de la República). 

  • Post-graduate education: Master in Social Studies, Specialization in Regional Development of the Bariloche Foundation (Rio Negro, Argentina). 

  • Further education (1978-1979): Graduated from the Artigas Institute of the Foreign Service of Uruguay (IASE). 

Professional Activities at Uruguay's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

  • Current & Recent: Ambassador, Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, of Uruguay to the United States of America 

  • (August 2015 to present), (March 2005 to July 2012).

  • Prior: Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976 with the position of Third Secretary. 

  • • Deputy Director of International Organizations Department (1986-1987). 

  • • Counselor at the Uruguayan Permanent Mission to the United Nations , New York (1987-1990). 

  • • Uruguayan Alternate Representative to the United Nations, New York (1990-1991). 

  • • Vice-president at the Second Commission of the General Assembly (1990). 

  • • Ambassador of Uruguay to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Concurrent Ambassador in Oman, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait (September 1991-April 1993). 

  • • Director General for Political Affairs (September 1993-September 1995).  

  • • Ambassador of Uruguay to the Government of the United States of Mexico. Concurrent Ambassador to the Government of Bahamas. 

  • • Director General of International Economic Affairs (August 2000-August 2003). Coordinator of the negotiations of the "Free Trade Agreement (FTA)" with Mexico. 

  • • Ambassador of Uruguay to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (August 2003) and Permanent Representative to OPCW and the International Criminal Court (ICC).


• First language: Spanish. 

• Speaks, reads and writes fluently English, Italian and French.

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About Uruguay (the content below is from Wikipedia.org and Dra. Rossana Delucchi, Esq):
Uruguay is a country in the southeastern region of South America, bordered by Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast. Uruguay is home to 3.3 million people,  of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America 
after Suriname.

History & Highlights

Uruguay was inhabited by the Charrúa people for before the Portuguese invaded. Portugal established Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, in 1680. Montevideo was founded as a military stronghold by the Spanish in the early 18th century, signifying the competing claims over the region. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics until the late 20th century. Modern Uruguay is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government.

Uruguay is ranked first in Latin America in democracy, peace, lack of corruption, quality of living, e-Government, and equally first in South America when it comes to press freedom, size of the middle class, prosperity and security. On a per capita basis, Uruguay contributes more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions than any other country. It ranks second in the region on economic freedom, income equality, per capita income and inflows of FDI. Uruguay is the third best country on the continent in terms of HDI, GDP growth,innovation and infrastructure. It is regarded as a high income country (top group) by the UN, the only one in Latin America. Uruguay is also the 3rd best ranked in the world in e-Participation. Uruguay is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk.

The Economist named Uruguay "country of the year" in 2013, acknowledging the innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. Same-sex marriage and abortion are also legal, leading Uruguay to be regarded as one of the most liberal nations in the world, and one of the most socially developed, outstanding regionally and performing well globally on personal rights, tolerance and inclusion issues.

 Visual arts
A "living sculpture", Carlos Páez Vilaró's Casapueblo was his home, hotel and museum.
A prominent exponent of Uruguayan art was abstract painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró. He drew from both Timbuktu and Mykonos to create his best-known work: his home, hotel and atelier Casapueblo near Punta del Este. Casapueblo is a "livable sculpture" and draws thousands of visitors from around the world. The 19th-century painter Juan Manuel Blanes, whose works depict historical events, was the first Uruguayan artist to gain widespread recognition. The Post-Impressionist painter Pedro Figari achieved international renown for his pastel studies of subjects in Montevideo and the countryside. Blending elements of art and nature the work of the landscape architect Leandro Silva Delgado (es) has also earned international prominence.[17]
Uruguay has a small but growing film industry, and movies such as Whisky by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll (2004), Marcelo Bertalmío's Los días con Ana (2000; "Days with Ana") and Ana Díez's Paisito (2008), about the 1973 military coup, have earned international honours.[17]
Movies such as “Miami Vice” with Collin Farrell were, in part, filmed in some locations mostly in Montevideo and some other locations in the country. Many TV commercials from around the world are also filmed in Uruguay.

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  • The folk and popular music of Uruguay shares not only its gaucho roots with Argentina, but also those of the tango. One of the most famous tangos, "La cumparsita" (1917), was written by the Uruguayan composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez. The candombe is a folk dance performed at Carnival, especially Uruguayan Carnival, mainly by Uruguayans of African ancestry. Uruguay has the longest Carnival in the world. The guitar is the preferred musical instrument, and in a popular traditional contest called the payada two singers, each with a guitar, take turns improvising verses to the same tune.

  • Folk music is called canto popular and includes some guitar players and singers such as Alfredo Zitarrosa, José Carbajal "El Sabalero", Daniel Viglietti, Los Olimareños, and Numa Moraes.

  • Numerous radio stations and musical events reflect the popularity of rock and pop music from the USA and Europe and the Caribbean genres which have become more popular during the last decade, known as música tropical ("tropical music").Early classical music in Uruguay showed heavy Spanish and Italian influence, but since the 20th century a number of composers of classical music, including Eduardo Fabini, Vicente Ascone (es), and Héctor Tosar, have made use of Latin American musical idioms. 

  • Tango has also had an impact on Uruguayan culture, especially during the 20th century, especially the ´30s and ´40s with Uruguayan singers such as Julio Sosa from Las Piedras. 

  • When the famous tango singer Carlos Gardel was 29 years old he changed his nationality to be Uruguayan, saying he was born in Tacuarembó, but this subterfuge was probably done to keep French authorities from arresting him for failing to register in the French Army for World War I. Gardel was born in France and was raised in Buenos Aires.[94] Nevertheless, a Carlos Gardel museum was established in 1999 in Valle Edén, near Tacuarembó.[95] (There are research and articles which show that Carlos Gardel was effectively born in Uruguay but this is a mystery that in some ways helps to keep the legend alive and a kind of “rivalry” between Uruguay and Argentina 

Tourism in Uruguay is an important facet of the nation's economy.
  •    Uruguay has different tourist destinations among those that stand Punta del Este, Piriápolis, Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento, Salto, Lavalleja, Rocha, Artigas, Rivera, Nueva Helvecia (also known as Colonia Suiza or “Swiss Colony”) was founded by a majority of Swiss accompanied by some Germans and Austrians settlers at the end of the 19th century. It still keeps many typical traditions and festivals, and you can breathe the European air not only in its streets but in their people too.
  • Nearly 1.8 million tourists arrived in 2007, and their estimated expenditures in 2007 were around US$800 million - an increase over 2006 levels of about a third. Domestic expenditures, however, remained around 60% of the nation's tourist activity.


  • It is the Americas’ southernmost capital city. There are rides, outings, entertainment and various attractions:

  • * broad green walks, both within the city and in the periphery, are featured the neighborhood  “Parque Rodo”Rodó Park, characterized by the large namesake park of 25 hectares

  • * the “Parque Batlle” Batlle Park, several kilometers long situated where the Estadio Centenario stadium hosted the first World Cup in history, two more football stadiums and the velodrome of the city, and the running track

  • * the neighborhood of Prado also offers ample green spaces and places worth visiting

  • * the Cerro neighborhood, looking at the coast is the Parque Dr. Carlos Vaz Ferreira along with the Cerro golf club

  • * in the Santiago Vazquez in western border with the department of San José, is the Parque Lecocq and south of the same the Parque Artigas.

  • Plaza Independencia is also a short walk from the Montevideo Esplanade. The Esplanade (Rambla) is one of the city's numerous waterfront districts, which also include Ramírez Beach (home to the Mercosur Common Market headquarters), Pocitos, and a row of similar communities. A new terminal at Carrasco International Airport was completed in 2009, contributing to Montevideo's standing as the major city with the highest quality of life in Latin America.

  • For fans of equestrian sports is the Maroñas National Racecourse, where numerous races are run, being the most traditional the Premio Ramírez, which takes place every January 6.

Education in Uruguay is secular, free,]and compulsory for 14 years, starting at the age of 4.[108] The system is divided into six levels of education: early childhood (3–5 years); primary (6–11 years); basic secondary (12–14 years); upper secondary (15–17 years); higher education (18 and up); and post-graduate education. Public education is the primary responsibility of three institutions: the Ministry of Education and Culture, which coordinates education policies, the National Public Education Administration, which formulates and implements policies on early to secondary education, and the University of the Republic, responsible for higher education. In 2009, the government planned to invest 4.5% of GDP in education.

Uruguay ranks high on standardised tests such as PISA at a regional level, but compares unfavourably to the OECD average, and is also below some countries with similar levels of income. In the 2006 PISA test, Uruguay had one of the greatest standard deviations among schools, suggesting significant variability by socio-economic level.

Uruguay is part of the One Laptop per Child project, and in 2009 became the first country in the world to provide a laptop for every primary school student as part of the Plan Ceibal. Over the 2007–2009 period, 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers were involved in the scheme; around 70% of the laptops were given to children who did not have computers at home. The OLPC program represents less than 5% of the country's education budget.


  • Uruguayan traditional “parrilladas” are found everywhere, even in the smallest towns. People enjoy the famous Uruguayan meat in a very amicable environment accompanied by excellent wines and served by people who also are fluent in English.Apart from “parrilladas,” people enjoy the typical Italian, French, German and in general, European cuisines with a variety of restaurants from which to choose.

  • Uruguay is a relatively “new” country with most of its nationals with  strong European roots visible in every aspect from their physical appearance,as well as  the architecture, and above all their way of living (except from the typical beverage “mate,” which comes from the gauchos and is very popular among Uruguayans).

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6:30PM - 8:30PM Wed 17 Oct 2018 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Embassy of Uruguay
1913 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006 USA

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