Izkia Siches

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Person.png Izkia Siches  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(doctor, politician)
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Born4 March 1986
Alma materUniversity of Chile
SpouseChristian Antonio Yaksic Zúñiga
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2021
Chilean doctor prominent in corporate media during the Covid-19 deep event. In 2022 appointed Minister of Interior and Public Security, the second most important in government after the President. WEF Young Global Leader 2021 and fan of fellow YGL, New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern.

Employment.png Chile/Minister/Interior and Public Security

In office
March 11, 2022 - Present
Appointed byGabriel Boric
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Izkia Jasvin Siches Pastén is a Chilean doctor and politician. Siches formerly served as president of the Chilean Medical College, an influential medical association. During the Covid-19 deep event she was a prominent talking head in corporate media, pushing for harder lockdowns and more "testing, tracing and isolation”.[1] [2]

In 2021, Siches served as campaign manager for Gabriel Boric's successful presidential campaign.[3] On January 21, 2022, she was named by President-elect Boric as Minister of Interior and Public Security, the second most important in government after the President.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2021, and is an admirer of fellow Young Global Leader Jacinda Ardern.[2]

Early life

She was born on 4 March 1986 in Arica[4][5] in far-North Chile and grew up in Maipú, Santiago Metropolitan Region.[4] She studied at the Instituto Bernardo O'Higgins high school in Maipú.[6]

In 2004, she began studying medicine at the University of Chile. During this period, she was a member of the Communist Youth of Chile.[7] She was a member of the University Senate during the period from 2010 to 2012. Previously, she was president of the School of Medicine West Campus student center, and adviser to the University of Chile Student Federation (Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Chile).[8]


After graduating in medical surgery, she specialized in internal medicine and obtained a master's degree in public health. Since 2014, she has been working as an infectious disease specialist at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Santiago.[4]

In 2014 she was president of the Santiago Regional Council of the Chilean Medical College (Colegio Médico de Chile). Two years later she joined the organization Médicos sin Marca. In 2017 she was chosen as president of the Chilean Medical College.[4]

In 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 deep event, she played a major role due to her position as president of the Medical College, making "evidence based" recommendations.[9]

This admirer of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took advantage of the confinement to take the time to cook, she who never considered herself a cordon bleu.


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