Ambassador Maria Stela Pompeu Brasil Frota
Ambassador Maria Stela Pompeu Brasil Frota holds a degree in Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and in Language Studies from Nancy-Université, in France. She was admitted to the Rio Branco Institute in 1974.
In the early years of her career in Brazil, before taking office as Director General of the Rio Branco Institute (2019), she worked in the area of trade promotion. She held the positions of Advisor to the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs (1985-1989 and 2003-2005); President of the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) (2005); Director of the International Relations Research Institute (IPRI) (2019), and Undersecretary General of the Foreign Service (2006-2008).
Her foreign postings include the Mission of Brazil to the UN, in Geneva, Switzerland (1981-1985); the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, United States (1982-1992 and 1995-1999); the Embassy of Brazil in Santiago, Chile (1992-1994); and the Embassy of Brazil in Paris, France (1999-2003). She also represented Brazil at the World Bank’s GEF Council, in Washington, United States (1995).
She served as Ambassador of Brazil to Bern, Switzerland, and to the Principality of Liechtenstein (2008-2012); Consul General of Brazil in Zurich, Switzerland, and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (2012-2016); and Consul General of Brazil in Atlanta, United States (2016-2018).
She is the author of ‘Pharmaceutical Patent Protection: The Brazilian Case’ (‘Proteção de Patentes de Produtos Farmacêuticos: o Caso Brasileiro’) (1993).
She received the following awards: Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco (2006); Order of Aeronautical Merit (1988); Order of Military Merit (1988); Order of Naval Merit (1987); Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit (1988); Tamandaré Medal of Merit (2008); Ordre National du Mérite – France (1986); and Ordre National de La Légion d’Honneur – France (2002).
She was born in Recife, state of Pernambuco, in 1952, and is married.
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