Ambassador Rubens Barbosa is a Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm. Based in Sao Paulo, he advises clients on matters related to Brazil.
Ambassador Barbosa represented the Federative Republic of Brazil in Washington, DC, and at the Court of St. James in London, and has many years of experience in the international economic, trade and commercial sectors in Brazil.
Ambassador Barbosa also works as a business consultant and is President of the Upper Council of Foreign Trade from Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (FIESP), the leading interlocutor between industry and government in the capitol of Brazil.
He served as Brazilian Ambassador to the United States from June 1999 to March 2004, and from January 1994 to June 1999 he was Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Ambassador Barbosa has held a variety of senior positions in the Brazilian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, including Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance; Brazilian Permanent Representative to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI); Under Secretary-General for Regional Integration, Trade and Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Relations; and as Coordinator of the Brazilian Section of Mercosur, the Southern Cone Common Market.
During his many years of diplomatic experience, Ambassador Barbosa actively participated in decision-making processes in economic, trade and commercial affairs; led hundreds of negotiation missions; and was the Chairman of the Association of Coffee-Producing Countries.
Ambassador Barbosa regularly writes articles and essays for the press and specialized magazines and is also the author of four books: “Integração Econômica da América Latina: da retórica à realidade” (Economic Integration of Latin America: from rhetoric to the reality), “Panorama Visto de Londres” (A Broad View from London), which deals with foreign and economic policies, “The Mercosur Codes”, published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and “Mercosul Quinze Anos” (Mercosur Fifteen Years), which evaluates the organization fifteen years after its creation.
His most recent book, “Regional Integration and Mercosul”, analyzes the process of South American integration and the Mercosul difficulties. He was also editor and organizer of “O Brasil dos Brasilianistas” (The Brazil of the Brazilianists).
Ambassador Barbosa is a member of the board of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), the Foundation Padre Anchieta (TV Cultura) and the CSU (credit card administration) company.
Ambassador Barbosa earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1971).