Celso Amorim served as Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil for three administrations: first, under President Itamar Franco from 1993-1994 and then in the consecutive administrations of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) from 2003-2010, making him the longest serving foreign minister of Brazil. Prior to his appointment as foreign minister, Amorim held several ambassadorial posts, including serving as the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, the WTO and the Conference on Disarmament (New York, 1995-1999; Geneva, 1991-1993 and 1999-2001). He was also Brazilian Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2001-2002). In addition to his longstanding diplomatic career, Amorim remains on the faculty of both the University of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo. In recognition of his dedication to international public service, Amorim has received several national and foreign awards. He was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2010 (ranked as number six). He is a graduate of the Rio Branco Institute, the prestigious Brazilian diplomatic academy, and has completed post-graduate work at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the London School of Economics and Political Science.