Minister Rubens Gama

Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs and Technology, Brazilian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Antonio Ortiz-Mena

Rubens Gama is the Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs and Technology of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In this position, Mr. Gama oversees a team of diplomats and staff working in the areas of trade and investment, science and technology, as well as innovation and competitiveness.

Prior to his appointment to the Embassy in Washington, Rubens Gama, a career diplomat, served in Brasilia as Senior Assistant to four consecutive Under Secretaries for Political Affairs, from 1999 to 2005. In this capacity, he assisted and advised his superiors mostly on Western hemisphere political issues, especially on the Rio Group mechanism, the Ibero-american conference, the Mercosul political forum and on Latin-American bilateral relations. In 1998 and 1999, he worked as Assistant to the Deputy Minister for Foreign Relations and was deeply involved in the organization of the First Latin America and the Caribbean – European Union Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (June 1999).

From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Gama served as Second Secretary at the Brazilian Embassy in Asuncion–Paraguay, where he was in charge of the Mercosul office. Prior to that, he served, from 1993 to 1998, in the Brazilian Mission the European Union, in Brussels–Belgium. In this position, he provided institutional assistance to the Brazilian exporters to the European market, and was involved in the negotiations of the framework agreements between European Union and Mercosul and the Rio Group.

Prior to his transfer to Brussels, Rubens Gama worked for two years (1990 to 1992) at the Planalto Palace as Assistant to the President’s Chief of Staff. He coordinated the team in charge of reading, organizing and replying the Presidential personal mail and was also involved in the Presidential Materials Project. In 1989 he took part of the interministerial working group in charge of the Inauguration ceremonies.

In 1984, Rubens Gama received a B.A. degree in Economic Sciences from the Catholic University of Goias–Brazil.  Rubens Gama joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1987, when he graduated in Diplomacy from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy–Instituto Rio-Branco. His was first assigned to the Division of South America II of the Ministry of External Relations. He recently earned a masters degree in International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Besides Portuguese, he is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Rubens Gama is married and has three children.
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