Director-General, World Trade Organization
Roberto Azevêdo is the sixth Director-General of the WTO. His appointment took effect on 1 September 2013 for a four-year term. Ambassador Azevêdo holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia and in international relations from the “Instituto Rio Branco”, the graduate school of international relations and diplomacy run by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. He joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984; was posted to Washington in 1988; served in the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo before being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva in 1997. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technical Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia. In 2008 he was appointed Brazil’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, in Geneva. He is married to Ambassador Maria Azevêdo and has two daughters, Paula and Luisa, and two granddaughters, Alice and Olivia.