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Santiago Cafiero

Santiago Cafiero
Cafiero in 2019
National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2023
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship
In office
20 September 2021 – 10 December 2023
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byFelipe Solá
Succeeded byDiana Mondino
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
In office
10 December 2019 – 20 September 2021
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byMarcos Peña
Succeeded byJuan Manzur
Personal details
Santiago Andrés Cafiero

(1979-08-30) 30 August 1979 (age 44)
San Isidro, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
Frente de Todos (2019–2023)
Union for the Homeland (2023–present)
EducationUniversity of Buenos Aires (BA)
Torcuato di Tella University (MPP)

Santiago Andrés Cafiero (born 30 August 1979) is an Argentine political scientist and politician, currently serving as a National Deputy elected in Buenos Aires Province. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship (2021–2023) and as Cabinet Chief (2019–2021) in the cabinet of President Alberto Fernández.

Early life and education

Santiago Andrés Cafiero was born on 30 August 1979[1] in San Isidro, in Buenos Aires Province, son of Juan Pablo Cafiero, who was Minister of Social Development during the presidency of Fernando de la Rúa in 2001, and María Luisa Bianchi. Cafiero's grandfather, Antonio Cafiero, held many important political posts, including the governorship of Buenos Aires, and also briefly served as Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers under Eduardo Camaño.[2][3]

He began his political activism in the Peronist Youth in San Isidro. Cafiero studied political science at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Social Sciences, and then went on to receive a Master's Degree on public policy from Torcuato di Tella University.[1][4]

Political career

Cafiero was elected president of the local Justicialist Party in his native San Isidro in 2008, and was the party's mayoral candidate in 2011 and 2015.[5] From 2009 to 2017, he was a councillor in San Isidro's municipal council.[4]

During the governorship of Daniel Scioli in Buenos Aires, Cafiero worked as a consultant in the Undersecretariat of Municipal Affairs (2007–2008), and then went on to serve as the Province's Director of Industry from 2008 to 2010, Undersecretary of Industry, Commerce and Mining from 2010 to 2011, Vice-minister of Social Development and Undersecretary of Social Policies from 2011 to 2014, and Undersecretary of Modernization from 2014 to 2015.[6]

Cafiero was Florencio Randazzo's campaign chief in Randazzo's 2017 senatorial run.[4]

Ahead of the 2019 general election, Alberto Fernández, the Justicialist Party's presidential candidate, appointed Cafiero as his campaign chief and formed the Grupo Callao think tank alongside him.[7][8]

On 29 October 2019, Fernández won the presidential election in the first round with 48.2% of the vote. On 6 December 2019, in the official announcement of his incoming cabinet's composition, President-elect Fernández named Cafiero as his Cabinet Chief, a post he assumed on 10 December 2019.[9]

Cafiero with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in 2022

On 20 September 2021, Cafiero was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship in replacement of Felipe Solá, and was replaced as Cabinet Chief by Juan Manzur. Manzur's appointment and Cafiero's designation as Foreign Minister were part of a cabinet reshuffle following the government's poor showings in the 2021 legislative primary elections.[10][11]

Personal life

Cafiero is married and has four sons and one daughter.[12][13] He co-founded the Punto de Encuentro ("Meeting Point") publishing house in 2015.[4]

Electoral history


Electoral history of Santiago Cafiero
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2009 Councillor Justicialist Party 1 San Isidro Partido 14,753 8.18% 4th[a] Elected [14]
2023 National Deputy Union for the Homeland 5 Buenos Aires Province 4,094,665 43.71% 1st[a] Elected [15]
  1. ^ a b Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.


  1. ^ a b Sued, Gabriel (6 December 2019). "Santiago Cafiero es el jefe de Gabinete de Ministros: el joven que se convirtió en la mano derecha de Alberto Fernández". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Santiago Cafiero, de cuna política y peronista: quién es la mano derecha de Alberto Fernández". El Cronista (in Spanish). 6 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ Serra, Laura (31 December 2002). "Camaño, presidente sólo por un día". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Ibáñez, Pablo (6 December 2019). "Quién es Santiago Cafiero, mano derecha de Alberto Fernández y peronista de sangre azul". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  5. ^ Pepe, Gabriela (16 September 2019). "Cafiero, el heredero de la renovación". Letra P (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  6. ^ Bandi, Ariel (16 September 2019). "Quién es Santiago Cafiero, el hombre de máxima confianza de Alberto". Entre Líneas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  7. ^ "El jefe de campaña de Alberto Fernández dijo que "el gobierno demonizó a la oposición y eso ha tenido un costo para todos los argentinos"". Infobae (in Spanish). 15 August 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  8. ^ "El "albertismo": el mapa de quién es quién en el Grupo Callao, el nuevo "Grupo Calafate"". (in Spanish). 15 August 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Santiago Cafiero es el jefe de Gabinete y mano derecha de Alberto Fernández". La Nación (in Spanish). 6 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Quién es Juan Manzur, el nuevo jefe de Gabinete de Alberto Fernández". Página/12 (in Spanish). 18 September 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Santiago Cafiero seguirá en el Gabinete, pero como ministro". Ámbito (in Spanish). 17 September 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  12. ^ Calderano, Romina (7 December 2019). "Cómo piensa Santiago Cafiero, el futuro jefe de Gabinete". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  13. ^ "La jura de los ministros: la soledad de Santiago Cafiero y el "vocero" Aníbal Fernández". Clarín (in Spanish). 20 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Escrutinio Definitivo" (PDF) (in Spanish). Junta Electoral de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  15. ^ "Escrutinio Definitivo". Cámara Nacional Electoral (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
Political offices Preceded byMarcos Peña Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers 2019–2021 Succeeded byJuan Manzur Preceded byFelipe Solá Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship 2021–2023 Succeeded byDiana Mondino
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