Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti was Under-Secretary for Asia and the Pacific in the Government of Brazil from 30 September to December 2016, where she also had special responsibility for the BRICS. A career diplomat since 1976, she served most recently as Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to 2016 and as the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations from 2007 to 2013.
Prior to those roles, Ms. Viotti was posted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, where she served as Advisor to the Minister (1990-1993), Head of the South America Division I (1996-99), Director-General for Human Rights and Social Issues (2004-06) and Director-General for International Organizations (2006-2007), among other positions.
Earlier in her career, she was appointed to the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations from 1985 to 1988 and again from 1999 to 2004, and to the Embassy of Brazil in La Paz, Bolivia, from 1993 to 1995.
Born in 1954, in Belo Horizonte, Ms. Viotti is married and has one son. She attended the Rio Branco Institute, the Brazilian diplomatic academy, and holds a bachelor's degree in economics.