It is with deep sorrow that the Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF) received the news of the death of Ambassador Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães Neto. He passed away on Monday morning (29), in Brasilia, at the age of 84.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães Neto was Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2003 and 2009, as well as Chief Minister of Strategic Affairs Office of the Presidency (2009-2010) and Mercosur High Representative-General (2011-2012).
He graduated in Legal and Social Sciences from the National Faculty of Law of the University of Brazil (now the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in 1963, the same year he joined Itamaraty. He also had a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University (1969).
“Ambassador Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães Neto was a partner of the Brazil Africa Institute for several years and an important player in repositioning the relations between Brazil and Africa. We deeply mourn this unbearable loss,” said João Bosco Monte, president of IBRAF.
The Brazil Africa Institute expresses its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and admirers of Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães Neto.