Rodrigo d’Araujo Gabsch

Diplomatic Advisor to Former President José Sarney (Brazil)

Born 1969. Graduated magna cum laude in Law and Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 1992; graduated in Diplomacy from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Rio Branco Institute) 1994; trainee at the Brazilian Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay 1994; Assistant to the Head of the Division of Transport, Communications and Services of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, in charge of the telecommunications and bilateral air services desks 1994-98; Assistant to the Head of the Trade Promotion Section of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, USA 1998-99; Head of the Press Section of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York 1999-2002; Head of Administration at the Brazilian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary 2002-03. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Brazilian Embassy in Budapest 2002; Head of the Political Section at the Brazilian Embassy in Budapest 2003-05; on a temporary assignment from the Brazilian Foreign Ministry to the Office of the President of the Republic, as Diplomatic Advisor to Former President José Sarney 2005-; Fluent in Portuguese (native), English, French and Spanish.

Personal Introduction

A lawyer and a diplomat by training, I am personally interested in science and technology, in politics and economics and in international affairs. I am cautiously optimistic about humanity’s future. Humanity achieved a technological development and the institutional sofistication (democracy, the worst of the regimes except all others, to paraphrase Churchill) that allows it to tackle its most difficult challenges, provided the political will is present.

After twelve years working in the Brazilian Foreign Service, joining the staff of President José Sarney – currently a federal Senator – gave me a rather new perspective on the activities of the legislature and of government in general. I could see how hard and rewarding it can be to achieve consensus, how important a role experience plays in forging it and in finding solutions for our problems. I look forward to listening to the collective voice of experience represented at the InterAction Council, as it discusses the global challenges before us.