Director-General, World Trade Organization
Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo is a Brazilian diplomat and the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization .Azevêdo was elected to succeed Pascal Lamy as Director-General of the World Trade Organization n May 2013.He assumed office on 1 September, 2013. Fluent in English, French and Spanish as well as his native Portuguese, Azevêdo graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of Brasilia. and International Relations at Rio Branco Institute. His first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He subsequently served in the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo before being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva in 1997. 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. 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 2008 he was appointed Brazil’s Ambassador in Geneva to the United Nations’ international organizations and Permanent Representative to the WTO. Ambassador Azevêdo has been a frequent lecturer on topics related to international economics and has published numerous articles on these issues.