Mário Godinho de Matos


Full rank Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

Degree in Economics, (ISEG, Lisbon University) 1974.

Joined the Foreign Service in 1976. From 1980 till 2004 worked in the following Diplomatic Missions: Washington D.C., Maputo, Beijing, Madrid and NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Between 1989 and 1991 was member of the “Joint Liaison Group with China” regarding the Macao transition to People´s Republic of China sovereignty.

During the period 1992 – 1995 Director of Asian, European and North American Departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Lisbon.

From 2004 till 2017 successively Ambassador of Portugal in Havana, Maputo and Moscow.

Back in Lisbon in 2017, President of Portuguese-Spanish “International Committee on Boundaries and River Basins”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, till 2020.

In the academic field, teached “Social and Economic History” at ISEG (Lisbon U.) during five school years.

Professor at “NOVA” University, teaching “Diplomatic Practice” 2018-2020.

Responsible for teaching “Diplomacy” of a post-graduate program organized by “NOVA” University and Military University Institute (IUM) entitled “Globalization, Diplomacy and Security”, during the schoolyears 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Regular cooperation with “IUM” delivering lectures on international relations topics to applicants for officership promotion procedures.

OBSERVARE researcher in 2021.


“Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Mérito” confered by President Jorge Sampaio; “Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique”; “Comendador de Número da Ordem de Isabel a Católica” of Spain.

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