Celso Amorim


Celso Amorim, Ambassador

Celso Amorim is a graduate of the Rio Branco Institute, the Brazilian diplomatic academy, and has done post-graduate studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He has served as Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations under President Itamar Franco (1993-1994), and again under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), and as Minister of Defence under President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2014). Amorim was the longest serving Brazilian Foreign Minister. Currently, Ambassador Amorim is the Chair of UNITAID. After retiring from government, Ambassador Amorim, among other appointments, has been a member to several International High Level Panels and Commissions. 

In addition to his longstanding diplomatic career, Amorim remains active in academic life and has written a number of books and articles on matters ranging from foreign policy to culture. His latest work will soon be published in English under the title “Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy” (Hamilton Books US). In recognition of his dedication to international public service, Amorim has received several national and foreign awards including the Star of Jerusalem by the Palestinian National Authority. He was designated by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2009 as “the world’s best foreign minister”. In 2010 the same publication placed him as one of the Top Global Thinkers in 2010, ranked as number six.