Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fernandez served as Special Advisor to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Affairs. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as Ambassador-at-Large for Togo.
He began his diplomatic career in 1966, serving as the Consul of the Republic of Dahomey. In 1982, he became the Economic Advisor to the Government of Angola. His work with the United Nations has spanned more than a decade, beginning with his appointment as the Permanent Representative of Mozambique in 1984. In 1992, Mr. Fernandez served concurrently as Ambassador- at-Large for Angola and for Togo.
Mr. Fernandez attended Cambridge University and received a graduate degree in business from Columbia University.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1936, he is married and has two daughters.
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