Ambassador Hugo de Zela holds a degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru.
He has studies in Economic and Administrative Sciences at the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay, as well as doctorate studies in Political Sciences at the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina).
A career diplomat with 42 years of service, he has served as permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Peru's Ambassador to Brazil and Argentina, Peru's national coordinator in the Rio Group, as well as a member of Peru's delegation in border negotiations with Ecuador (1997-1998).
He has also served as chief of staff of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States on two occasions (1989-1994 and 2011-2015).
From April 5, 2018, to April 21, 2019, he served as Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister.
Since April 22, 2019, he is Ambassador of Peru to the United States.