José Bengoa was a professor at the University of Chile until his expulsion in 1973 for political reasons. He became president of WUS Chile from 1978 until 1995. His numerous visiting professorships include Cambridge University, and he inaugurated the Salvador Allende Chair there in 2017. He was twice rector of the University Academy of Christian Humanism and worked there as professor of Anthropology. He has been an elected member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities four times, a member of the UN Advisory Committee and of the UN Minorities Working Group in Geneva, which he chaired. He was a key speaker at the Santiago conference on the WUS UK programme in 2016.