|Ambassador Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD on 18 February 2013.
Mr. Vizeu Pinheiro was born in Lisbon in 1963. In 1987, he obtained a Master’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, before successfully passing the admission examination for the position of Attaché to the Embassy in December 1987.
Mr. Vizeu Pinheiro started his diplomatic career in February 1989 as Adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In June 1991, he was assigned as Head of the Portuguese delegation to the Political Commission/Joint Politico-military Commission within the temporary Mission of Portugal to the Peace process in Angola. He then served as Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in April 1993, before being appointed, in September of that same year, to the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, and in October 1998, to the Portuguese Embassy in Moscow. In April 2002, he is appointed as Counsellor. In August 2002, Mr. Vizeu Pinheiro served as Junior Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister, and in November 2002, he was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Department for Strategic Information and Military Defence, before becoming Director-General Ad Interim of the same Department until September 2005. He then served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD until January 2007, after which he was appointed Director-General for National Defence Policy at the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence, where he stayed until May 2010, before becoming Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the European Commission until July 2011.
Until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, Ambassador Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro was Diplomatic Counsellor to the Prime Minister of Portugal.
Mr. Vizeu Pinheiro is divorced and has three children.