Valentina Martínez has extensive political experience on international issues, beginning in 2000 in the European Parliament. In 2002 she was appointed Chief of Staff of the International Secretariat that she now directs, dedicating more than ten years to it until in 2012 she became part of the team of President Mariano Rajoy in the Presidency of the Government.
She has always combined her political activity with academic interest. She has a degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela, a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain and a diploma in Political Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes (France). She attended the Leadership for Global Competitiveness program at Georgetown University (USA) and began the Mid-Career Master in International Public Policy (MIPP) at SAIS-Johns Hopkins, which she left to serve in the Congress of Deputies in 2014. In 2017, she carried out a research stay at Harvard University as a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In addition, Valentina has been a professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Spain at the Villanueva University Center.
She was a member of the 10th and 12th terms of the Congress of Deputies, during which she served as Spokesperson in the International Cooperation Commission and as Spokesperson for Climate Change. In the 13th term, she was also Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Party (PP).