Ambassador Bernardo LUCENA took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD on 25 September 2017.
Mr. Lucena was born in 1960 in Lisbon. He holds a degree in law by the Lisbon Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon.
Having joined the Portuguese diplomatic service in September 1986, Mr. Lucena was diplomatic advisor to the Portuguese Foreign Minister from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 he was posted at the Portuguese Embassy in Paris and subsequently, in 1997, Mr. Lucena was appointed Consul General of Portugal in Maputo, Mozambique.
In 2000, he became Head of Unit for CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lisbon and was appointed European Correspondent in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Lucena was nominated Director for International Multilateral Organisations.
In 2004, Ambassador Lucena was designated Deputy Head of Mission at the Portuguese Embassy in Rome. Upon his return to Lisbon in 2009, he became Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he held until 2011.
Prior to his appointment as Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, Mr. Lucena served as Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde from 2011 to 2016 as well as Senior Diplomatic Advisor and Sherpa of the Portuguese Prime Minister from 2016 on.
Ambassador Lucena is married and has four children.