The Embassy of Brazil in Berlin
Address: Wallstrasse 57, D-10179, Berlin, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 30 72 62 80
Fax: (+49) 30 726 283 20
Amb. Mario Vilalva
Amb. Mario Vilalva was appointed as ambassador of Brazil to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016.
Abroad Mario Vilalva served at embassies in Washington (1978-1982), Pretoria (1982-1985), Rome (1985-1987) and Lisbon (1991-1993); he was also Consul General in Boston (1996-1999), Ambassador in Santiago de Chile (2006-2010) and Ambassador in Lisbon (2010-2016).
As part of his work at home and abroad Mario Vilalva specialized in economic diplomacy. He promoted Brazil and its business opportunities in all parts of the world, with a focus on Latin America and Europe. Between 1993 and 1996 he was part of the closest staff of two foreign ministers: Celso Amorim and Luiz Felipe Lampreia.
In addition to numerous medals and awards from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela Mario Vilalva also received the German Federal Cross of Merit.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1953, Mario Vilalva has been married to Vânia Monteiro Vilalva since 1976, with whom he has four daughters.
Brazil is the only Latin American country with which Germany enjoys a “strategic partnership”. This is based on the German-Brazilian Strategic Partnership Action Plan of May 2008, in which both countries agreed to further step up bilateral and multilateral cooperation. A landmark event, in which efforts are made to strengthen bilateral relations, were the first intergovernmental consultations in August 2015, which Federal Chancellor Merkel and 12 Cabinet members (or their deputies) travelled Brasília to attend.
Bilateral cooperation is wide-ranging, covering areas such as energy, environmental and climate protection, science and research, business, defence, labour and social affairs as well as cooperation within the United Nations and on human rights. With funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Environment Ministry and the International Climate Initiative, Germany is working together with Brazil to protect the country’s tropical forest and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Both Germany and Brazil attach particular importance to scientific, technological and cultural exchange.
Brazil’s main exports to Germany are iron ore, soya and soya products, coffee and coffee products, car parts, civil aircraft, machinery, meat, copper and crude oil. Brazil’s principal imports from Germany are machinery, cars and car parts, basic chemical materials, pharmaceutical products, electrical and metal goods.