João Vale de Almeida
João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union (EU) diplomat who is currently serving as EU Ambassador to the United Nations since October 2015.
Previously, he served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States (2010 to 2014) in Washington, where he played a critical role in strengthening transatlantic relations. Prior to DC, he served as the Director General for External Relations at the European Commission, helping to formulate the EU’s foreign policy and playing a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.
Between 2004 and 2009, Ambassador Vale de Almeida was the Head of Cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and represented him as “Sherpa” for G8 and G20 summits. Before joining President Barroso’s team, Vale de Almeida held a senior position in the Directorate General for Education and Culture, after serving as Deputy Chief Spokesman of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission in 1982, he spent seven years as a journalist, following his graduation with a degree in History from the University of Lisbon.