Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York
João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who was appointed as EU Ambassador to the United Nations from 16 October 2015. Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as Director General of External Relations of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. Earlier in his career in the European institutions, João Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee.
João Vale de Almeida holds a degree in History from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom.