Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo

Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo

Consul General, Consulate General of Brazil in New York

A career diplomat with extensive experience in promoting Brazil’s interests before a number of international organizations, Ambassador Farani Azevêdo is the new Consul General of Brazil in New York, as of April 1st, 2021.

During her accomplished career, Ambassador Farani Azevêdo has held several important positions in Geneva, Montevideo, Washington D.C. and Brazil.

From 2008 to 2013, and again from 2017 to 2021, Ambassador Farani Azevêdo was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. Ambassador Farani Azevêdo held a number of distinguished posts in different international organizations in Geneva. She chaired the International Labor Organization’s Governing Body. She presided the Negotiating Committee of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. She was elected facilitator of the Human Rights Council’s review. She was also the president of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Body (2018-2019), of the UNHCR’s Executive Committee (2020) and of the Strategic Heritage Plan Advisory Committee (2019-2021), amongst other relevant positions.

Ambassador Farani Azevêdo served in Geneva also as Consul General of Brazil from 2013 to 2017.

She is presently a member of the Advisory Committee of the BrazilFoundation in New York.

Amongst her earlier positions abroad, she was posted to the Embassy of Brazil in Washington D.C., to the Mission of Brazil to ALADI, in Montevideo, where she took part in the preparatory work to create Mercosur, and to the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, as a trade and environment negotiator. In Brazil, she held positions in trade promotion, regional integration, trade negotiations and political affairs. In 2005 she became the first woman diplomat to hold the position of Chief of Staff at the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.

Ambassador Farani Azevêdo authored the book “The WTO and the Agricultural Reform”.

She is married to Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization and presently Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at PepsiCo. They have two daughters, Paula and Luisa, and five granddaughters, Alice, Olivia, Eva, Catarina and Isabel