Ana Paula Zacarias

Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal


Ana Paula Baptista Grade Zacarias has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Lisbon and was an assistant at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa until 1985. She entered the Portuguese Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has held several assignments, including Vice President of the Instituto Camões. As a career diplomat she has served at the Embassy of Portugal in the USA; as Consul in Curitiba; as Deputy Permanent Representative in the delegation of Portugal to the UNESCO in Paris; as the first resident Ambassador of Portugal to Estonia and as Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union. From 2011 to 2015 she was Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation in Brazil and from 2015 to August 2017 Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation to Colombia and Ecuador.