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Roberto Azevêdo

Roberto Azevêdo
Azevêdo in 2013
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Assumed office
1 September 2013
Preceded by Pascal Lamy
Personal details
Born (1957-10-03) 3 October 1957
Salvador, Brazil
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo
Alma mater University of Brasília
Rio Branco Institute

Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 3 October 1957) is a Brazilian diplomat and the current

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pascal Lamy
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
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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.[1]

Personal life

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.[6]

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,[3] Azevêdo being considered the "insider's candidate" preferred by developing economies.[4] His opponent, Mexican Herminio Blanco, was considered to have been the preferred candidate of richer nations.[3] The Brazilian government pre-empted the official announcement of the WTO and stated that Azevêdo had won by a wide margin.[5]

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.


Fluent in English, French and Spanish as well as his native Portuguese, Azevêdo graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of Brasília and International Relations at Rio Branco Institute.[1]

Early life and education


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He assumed office on 1 September 2013. [2]

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