ANTONIO DE AGUIAR PATRIOTA was born in Rio de Janeiro on April 27, 1954. He was Deputy Foreign Minister from October 2009 to December 2010; Ambassador of Brazil to the United States from 2007 to 2009; Under Secretary General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2005 to 2007; Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, in 2004; and Secretary for Diplomatic Planning at the Foreign Ministry, in 2003.
Overseas, he also served at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1999-2003), having acted for two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization; at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994-1999), where he was a member of the Brazilian Delegation to the U.N. Security Council; at the Embassies of Brazil in Caracas (1988-1990) and Beijing (1987-1988); and at Brazil’s Permanent Mission in Geneva (1983-1987).
From 1992 to 1994, he was Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to then President Itamar Franco.
He graduated from Brazil’s Diplomatic Academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1979. His thesis for the Advanced Studies Course at the Rio Branco Institute, titled “The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security”, was published in 1988.
Minister Antonio Patriota is married to Tania Cooper Patriota, who is currently the Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bogotá and Caracas, and they have two sons, Miguel and Thomas.