Luiz Henrique Pereira da Fonseca is an ambassador, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Legal and Social Sciences from the Faculdade Nacional de Direito and as a diplomat from the Rio Branco Institute, in 1968. After 47 years of diplomatic career, 21 of which as ambassador, he retired in October 2015, aged 70. At the Itamaraty headquarters, initially in Rio de Janeiro and later in Brasília, he worked in both political and economic sectors, before being director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency. Abroad, he served in the following Posts:

(1) mission with the OAS, in Washington, from 1972 to 1974;
(2) delegation to the UN, in Geneva, from 1974 to 1979;
(3) embassy in Santiago, from 154 1979 to 1981;
(4) representation in London from 1983 to 1987;
(5) Embassy in Lisbon, from 1990 to 1994, when he was promoted to ambassador;
(6) Embassy in São Salvador, from 1995 to 2000;
(7) Embassy in Helsinki, from 2001 to 2006;
(8) consulate general in Milan, from 2008 to 2012;
(9) Consulate General in Istanbul from 2012 to 2015, when he retired.

It is considered that diplomats, servants of the State and not of the governments in turn, should have as their basic orientation the Constitution and the UN Charter, and as their main task to try to increase the power of Brazil in the concert of nations, in a way that always responsible and pragmatic. Author of the book IMO, political vision of a specialized agency of the United Nations, published by FUNAG.

Honarary awards: Order of Rio Branco, Grand Cross; Lion Order of Finland, Grand Cross; José Matias Delgado Order of El Salvador, Grand Cross; Order Infante Don Henrique of Portugal, Grand Officer; Order Liberator San Martin of Argentina, Grand Officer; Order Bernardo O’Higgins of Chile, Grand Officer

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