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H. E. Mrs. Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis is an experienced career diplomat. She assumed her post as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Bulgaria on January 30th, 2020 after serving as the Permanent Delegate of Brazil to UNESCO (2017 – 2019). She has also held high level positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil, among which: Undersecretary for Asian Affairs and Multiregional Mechanisms (2010­-2013), Brazilian Sherpa to BRICS (2010-2013); Brazilian High-Level Officer for the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation; Regional Coordinator for the South America - Africa Forum and the South America-Arab Countries Forum (2010-2013); and Director-General of the Department of European Affairs (2006-2010). Her Excellency holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Centro Studi Diplomatici e Strategici in Rome, Italy, and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at the École des Hautes Études en Relations Internationales, one of the oldest French universities in this field. She is a published author with an extensive bibliography and speaks 6 languages. Ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis has been recognized for her diplomatic achievements and excellence in the foreign service with Brazilian and foreign merit awards: Medal of the Peace-Maker (Command of Brazilian Army, 2012); Dominam Commendatariam Ordinis Sancti Gregori Magni (Holy See, 2009); Medal of the Order of Merit of the Japanese Immigration to Brazil (2008); National Order of Merit, Grand Officer (Republic of France, 2006) etc. Her accomplishments have been awarded over 13 orders of merit and distinctions from Brazil, the Holy See, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, and Argentina.


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