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Ernesto Araújo

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Ambassador Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Brasília.

In 1990, he joined the Rio Branco Institute. In the early years of his career, he worked on issues of regional integration and Mercosur.

Between 1995 and 2003, he served in the Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, as well as the Embassy in Germany.

Back in Brazil in 2003, he worked for the Division of Services, Investments and Financial Affairs, which he headed as from 2004. In 2005, he became Head of the European Union and Extra-Regional Negotiations Division.

From 2007, he served at the Embassy in Canada (2007-2010) and at the Embassy in Washington (2010-2015), where he served as Deputy Head of Mission.

From 2015 to 2016, he was Deputy Chief of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2016, he was appointed Director of the Department of the United States, Canada and Inter-American Affairs, a position he held until he was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

He published the books "Mercosur Hoje" (co-authored with Sergio de Abreu and Lima Florêncio) and "Mercosur: Extra-Regional Negotiations", as well as three works of fiction.

He was born in Porto Alegre, in 1967. He is married, has one daughter and two stepchildren.