Ambassador V. Manuel Rocha is President of Barrick Gold Corporation in the Dominican Republic.

Prior to this, Amb. Rocha was the Senior Counselor for International Trade and Government Affairs at the Florida law firm Hector & Davis. He has also had a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

He was the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, served as Charge d’ Affaires in Buenos Aires, and was appointed as Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. His other positions include Mexico, Honduras and Italy.

Ambassador Rocha served in the White House as the Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council from 1994 to 1995.

In 2000, the President of Argentina bestowed upon him the Order of San Martin for his successful promotion of closer U.S. Argentine Relations. In 2002, the President of Bolivia honored him with the Condor de los Andes. He also received, in 2001, the U.S. President’s Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment in the Conduct of the Foreign Policy of the United States Government.

After graduating Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in Latin American Studies, Ambassador Rocha obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Masters in International Relations from Georgetown University.