Fernando Ayala is a graduate economist (University of Zagreb in Croatia) and has a master's degree in Political Science from the Catholic University of Chile. Since January 2020 he has been working in the Department for Strategic Development at the University of Chile and as an external consultant to the FAO.
For 36 years, he was an official of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ecuador, South Korea, Sweden, the United States and Italy. As an ambassador, he represented his country since 2004 in Vietnam, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago (simultaneously in Suriname, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Grenada); as well as in Italy (simultaneously in Malta and San Marino and before the United Nations organizations based in Rome: FAO, IFAD and WFP).
On March 10, 2018, he resigned from his diplomatic career.