REPÚBLICA DE ANGOLA
MINISTÉRIO DAS RELAÇÕES EXTERIORES
Gabinete de Comunicação Institucional e Imprensa
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY OF
HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR
ESMERALDA BRAVO CONDE DA SILVA MENDONÇA
SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Esmeralda Bravo Conde da Silva Mendonça, born on July 2, 1963, in the then municipality of Rangel, Province of Luanda, is the daughter of Mário Conde Nunes da Silva and Iolanda António.
She attended primary school in Kibala, Kuanza-Sul province, where she was a boarding student at Lar da Mocidade Portuguesa.
Back in Luanda, she continued her studies and in 1978 finished secondary school at N’Zinga M’bandi School.
In 1993, she concluded the High Course in Labour Economics at the Centre for Labour Studies, in the city of Luanda, and in 2006 she graduated in Law from the Agostinho Neto University, also in the city of Luanda.
She has been a staff member of the Ministry of External Relations since 1983, having entered the diplomatic career in 1993, in the rank of Third Secretary.
She rose to the rank of Minister Counsellor in 2015, and Ambassador in 2019.
Throughout her career she has attended several professional training courses, in particular the Diplomatic and Consular Training Course, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal in 1997, the Professional Technical Upgrading Course for Diplomats, organized by the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of External Relations (IRI) in 2004, the 3rd Diplomatic Practices Course for the PALOP (African Portuguese-Speaking Countries), promoted by the Institute Rio Branco do Brasil, in 2011, in Maputo city, Republic of Mozambique.
She also attended the X Course of International Relations Organized by the Higher Institute of International Relations “Raul Roa Garcia” in Habana – Cuba in 2012 and the IV Course for African Diplomats, promoted by the Alexandre Gusmão Foundation of Brazil in Brasilia in 2013.
Ambassador Esmeralda Mendonça actively participated in several works and missions at the Ministry of External Relations (MIREX), highlighting the latest duty, as Coordinator of the Secretariat’s Work at the International Conference on Maritime and Energy Security in 2015, Member for the MIREX Rotation Plan in 2018 and Member of the MIREX Public Tender in 2019.
She was part of the last two Angolan delegations to the 73rd and 74th Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) and was part of the team of International Observers of the Elections in the Federative Republic of Brazil in 2018.
She was also part of the Angolan delegations that participated in the inauguration Ceremony of the President of the United States of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in 2018 and the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, in 2019.
Ambassador Esmeralda Mendonça is married and mother of one child.