OECD LAC Productivity Summit


Fernando Simas Magalhães


Secretary-General of Foreign Relations


As a career diplomat since 1980, Ambassador Simas has been Head of the South America II Division, Advisor to the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, and Director of the Africa Department. He has also served at the embassies in Washington, Moscow, Quito, and Madrid, and at the missions to the United Nations (UN) and to the Organization of American States (OAS). He was ambassador in Quito from 2010 to 2015. He held the position of assistant professor for international political affairs and vice president of the panel of examiners at the Rio Branco Institute 58th High-Level Studies Program. He was Undersecretary General for Multilateral Political Affairs, Europe and North America between August 2015 and August 2018, overseeing the Departments of Europe (DEU), of the United States, Canada and Inter-American Affairs (DECIN), of International Organizations (DOI), of Human Rights and Social Issues (DHS), and the General Coordination for the fight against Transnational Crimes (COCIT). In addition, he served as Permanent Representative of Brazil to the OAS from August 2018 to May 2021.