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Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, a Brazilian career diplomat, has been the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO and other International Economic Organisations in Geneva since 2008. Besides WTO, Ambassador Azevêdo also represents Brazil before other economic organisations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the United Nations Council for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Having joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984, he has since then accumulated vast experience in international economic and trade policy matters, including dispute settlement. Ambassador Azevêdo’s last position in Brasilia, from 2006 to 2008 at the Ministry of Foreign Relations, was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technological Affairs. In that capacity, he was Brazil’s chief-negotiator for the Doha Round and supervised MERCOSUR’s trade negotiations with other groupings or countries outside Latin America.