WTO DIRECTOR-GENERAL SELECTION PROCESS 2005: CANDIDATE
Luiz Felipe de Seixas Corrêa
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 16, 1945.
Joined the Brazilian Foreign Service as Third Secretary in 1967, after graduating from the Preparatory Course for the Diplomatic Career of the Rio Branco Institute.
Obtained a Law degree at the Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro in 1967.
As Second Secretary, he was posted to the
Brazilian Embassy in Bonn (1970/71); to the Brazilian Mission to the
United Nations in New York (1971/74); and to the Brazilian Embassy in
Buenos Aires (1974/76). As Counselor, he was posted to Washington
(1979/83) and, as Minister-Counselor, to the Brazilian Mission to the
UNESCO, in Paris (1985/87).
In the Ministry of External Relations, he was assigned to the Department of the Americas (1967/69), to the Department for International Organizations (1977/78), and to the Department for Asia, Africa and Oceania (1978/79).
He served twice in the President’s Office in Brasilia. Between 1983 and 1985, he acted as Special Advisor to the Minister Chief of the Civilian Household. Later, between 1987 and 1989, he was the Chief Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of the Republic.
Having been promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 1987, he was appointed Chief of Mission in Mexico in 1989. From there, in 1992, he returned to Brazil as Secretary-General (Deputy-Minister) of the Ministry of External Relations.
He was subsequently Ambassador in Spain (1993/97) and in Argentina (1997/1998).
Between 1999 and 2001 he was appointed, for the second time, to the post of Secretary-General (Deputy-Minister) of the Ministry of External Relations.
Since January 4th, 2002, Ambassador Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa is the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and to the United Nations in Geneva.
Throughout his career, he took part in many international conferences under the aegis of the United Nations and of the Mercosul. More recently, he was member of the Brazilian delegation to the WTO Ministerials of Doha (2001) and Cancun (2003). In Geneva, he chaired the WTO Working Group on Investment (2002/2003) and the International Negotiating Body (INB) of the World Health Organization that successfully negotiated and approved the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2002/2003).