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The Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. Fernando Simas Magalhães

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The Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. Fernando Simas Magalhães.

H.E. Ambassador Fernando Simas Magalhães is the new ambassador of Brazil to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

He presented his Letters of Credence to HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on the 6th of September 2023 at Noordeinde Palace, The Hague.

Ambassador Simas Magalhães is an experienced and internationally awarded diplomat. He is married to Matilde Simas Magalhães and together they have three children.

Born in Mexico City (DF), on October 16, he first concluded the Basic Engineering Cycle at Pontifical Catholic University (RJ), (1976-1978). He continued his studies with the Diplomat Career Preparation Course (CPCD) at Instituto Rio Branco (IRBr), between 1979-1980 and then the Diplomat Improvement Course (CAD) also at Rio Branco (1984). Later in 1998, he finished his Higher Studies Course (CAE) at Rio Branco Institute with the thesis: ‘The 1994 Summit of the Americas: Brazil’s negotiating role in search of a hemispheric agenda’, while also adding an International Relations Theory Course at Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), (in Ecuador, 1998).

In Brazil, he held various functions and positions, most recently as Undersecretary General for Multilateral Political Affairs, Europe and North America (SGEAM), 2016-2018; Secretary General of Foreign Affairs (equivalent to Vice-Minister), 6/4/2021 – 12/31/2022; Board of Directors of Itaipu, Counsellor, 9/6/2021.

Also held various postings from New York, Moscow, Washington to Madrid or Quito. He worked as Ambassador in Quito, between 2010-2015, and at the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) as Permanent Representative, between 2018-2021. He is currently performing his diplomatic mission in The Hague.

King Willem-Alexander received the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil, HE Fernando Simas Magalhães. Image: © Wesley de Wit

Besides his many diplomatic roles and overseas postings, Ambassador Simas Magalhães also completed other foreign missions and assignments, attending international events such as: the Ministerial Meeting on Limiting the Use of the Veto in Mass Atrocity Situations, New York (09/30/2015) as Head of Delegation; Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, New York (9/20/2016), as Head of Delegation; VI Brazil-European Union High Level Dialogue on Human Rights, Brussels (04/27/2017), as Head of Delegation; 30th Meeting of Consultations of Ministers of Foreign Affairs/II Meeting of the Organ of Consultations of TIAR (Bogotá, 03/12/2019), as Head of Delegation; 28th. Ibero-American Summit/ Meeting of Chancellors, São Domingos (11/26/2021), as Head of Delegation; 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, Geneva (12-16 June 2022), as Head of Delegation; United Nations Security Council, Annual Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, New York (7/19/2022), as Chair; 52nd. OAS General Assembly, Lima (October 5-7, 2022), as Head of Delegation.

He published ‘The Impact of East-West Confidence-building Measures on Global Security: a view from the South’, in ‘Disarmament – United Nations’ (volume XIII, number 1), 1990 and ‘Brazil and the International Protection of Refugees’, Revista Intereste Nacional, year 10, number 39, November 2017-January 2018.

Let’s give a cordial ‘Welcome’ to the Ambassador! Best wishes for your stay in the Netherlands!

King Willem-Alexander received the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil, HE Fernando Simas Magalhães. Image: © Wesley de Wit

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