H.E. Ambassador Marcel Fortuna Biato is a career diplomat and entered the Brazilian foreign service in 1980, having served overseas as a political officer at the embassies in London (1987–90) and in Berlin (1990–1994). He was later posted at Brazil’s Mission to the United Nations (1999–2003), where he was active as legal advisor, and was involved in the drafting of numerous humanitarian and anti-terrorism conventions. He coordinated General Assembly negotiations on the Law of the Sea for two years and was active in the negotiations of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as well as of the International Cloning Convention. In 2010, he headed the Brazilian delegation to the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, in Kampala, Uganda. For a six-month period during 2006–2007, he was Brazilian Chargé d`Affaires at the Brazilian Embassy in Havana, Cuba, where he concentrated largely on issues of political and economic transition in that country.
Within the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Biato has widely covered Latin American and military issues, having been responsible for relations with the Andean and Amazonian regions (1995–1997), with an emphasis on regional and sub-regional integration processes. He was on the preparatory team in the run-up to the First Summit of the Americas (Miami 1994), when Brazil coordinated for Latin America. In addition, he was principal advisor to the senior Brazilian negotiator during the peace process (1995–1998) that brought an end to border hostilities between Peru and Ecuador. In October 2010, he took up his present posting as Brazilian Ambassador to Bolivia, where he focuses on anti-narcotics cooperation, energy integration and border security issues among others.
Ambassador Biato pursued his undergraduate studies at the universities of Canberra (1977) and Brasilia (1978–79) before joining the foreign service. He also holds a Masters degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics (1988–89). He has published extensively on Latin American and Caribbean politics, Brazilian foreign policy, global governance, dispute settlement in South America and International Law, including the International Criminal Court and the Law of the Sea.