Ambassador Maria Stela Pompeu Brasil Frota is the new IPRI’s Director
Ambassador Maria Stela Pompeu Brasil Frota took office as the new Director of the International Relations Research Institute (IPRI) on March 26.
Graduated in Law from the Rio de Janeiro State University, she joined the diplomatic career in 1974. In Brazil, she worked at the Department for Trade Promotion and Investments (1975), at the Trade Promotion Operations Division (1975-1981), at the Undersecretariat General for Economic and Financial Affairs (1985), at the General Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (1985-1989; 2004-2005), and at the Press Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-1995). She was President of the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (2005-2006), and Under-Secretary of the Foreign Service (2006-2008).
Her foreign postings include the Permanent Mission in Geneva (1981-1985), the embassies of Brazil in Washington (1989-1992; 1995-1999), Santiago (1992-1994), and Paris (1999-2004). She headed the Brazilian Embassy in Bern (2008-2012), the Brazilian Consulate General in Zurich (2012-2016), and the Brazilian Consulate General in Atlanta (2016-2018). She was a Global Environment Facility Council Member in Washington.
She wrote the book “Copyright Protection of Pharmaceutical Products: The Brazilian case”, published by IPRI in 1993. She was awarded the Order of Rio Branco (Grand Cross), the Order of Military Merit (Officer), the Order of Aeronautical Merit (Commander), the Tamandaré Merit Medal, the Légion d’Honneur (France, Officer), and the Ordre National du Mérite (France, Officer).
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