Azevêdo in 2013
|Director-General of the World Trade Organization|
1 September 2013
|Preceded by||Pascal Lamy|
3 October 1957 |
|Spouse(s)||Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo|
University of Brasília
Rio Branco Institute
Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 3 October 1957) is a Brazilian diplomat and the current
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Azevêdo is married to Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, a Brazilian career diplomat like himself, and current head of the Brazilian permanent mission to the United Nations Offices at Geneva, and has two daughters.
On his watch, the WTO agreed to the Bali Package.
The official announcement from the WTO's three-person committee for selecting the Director-General was published on 8 May 2013, declaring Azevêdo as the emergent consensus candidate from several rounds of consultation. The formal election occurred at the General Council meeting on 14 May.
In May 2013 Azevêdo was announced to succeed Pascal Lamy as the WTO's Director General, with a term beginning 1 September 2013. There were nine nominated candidates for the role, Azevêdo being considered the "insider's candidate" preferred by developing economies. His opponent, Mexican Herminio Blanco, was considered to have been the preferred candidate of richer nations. The Brazilian government pre-empted the official announcement of the WTO and stated that Azevêdo had won by a wide margin.
Director General of the World Trade Organization
Ambassador Azevêdo has been a frequent lecturer on topics related to international economics and has published numerous articles on these issues.
In 2008 he was appointed Brazil’s Ambassador in Geneva to the United Nations’ international organizations and Permanent Representative to the WTO.
From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technical Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia. In that capacity he was Brazil's chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round and represented Brazil in MERCOSUR negotiations.
In 2001 Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo was named head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Dispute Settlement Unit where he remained until 2005. During his tenure he acted as chief litigator in many disputes at the WTO and served on WTO dispute settlement panels.
His first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He subsequently served in the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay before being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva, Switzerland in 1997.
Early life and education
- Early life and education 1
- Director General of the World Trade Organization 2.1
- Personal life 3
- References 4
He assumed office on 1 September 2013.