Ambassador Celso Amorim is former Brazilian Minister of Defense, under President Rousseff.

He was Brazil’s Minister of External Relations from 1993 to 1994, under President Itamar Franco, and from 2003 to 2010, under President Lula da Silva.

As a career diplomat, Celso Amorim was Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN, GATT and the Conference on Disarmament, in Geneva, from 1991 to 1993; Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, in New York, from 1995 to 1999; Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, from 1999 to 2001; and Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom, from 2001 to 2002.

He was also a member of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (1996) and the International Task Force on Security Council Peace Enforcement (New York, 1997).

He graduated from the Rio Branco Institute (Brazilian diplomatic academy) in 1965. He pursued post-graduate studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 1967, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1971.

Celso Amorim was born in Santos, on 3 June 1942. He is married to Ana Maria Amorim and has four children (Vicente, Anita, João and Pedro).