Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo (born July 12, 1959 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) presented his credentials to the President of the United States on September 16, 2019. Before arriving to Washington, he served as the Director for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations in Angola’s Ministry of External Relations from 2011-2018. A career diplomat, Ambassador Espírito Santo also served as Minister-Counselor at the Angolan Embassy to France from 2004-2009 and as Minister-Counselor and Chargé d’Affaires at the Angolan Embassy to Mexico from 2002-2004.
Prior to that, Ambassador Espírito Santo served in various senior positions in Angola’s Ministry of External Relations, including as the Director for Europe. Throughout his career, Ambassador Espírito Santo has represented Angola as part of several high-level international delegations and in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including at the African Union and the United Nations. He is also an accomplished lecturer, having presented around the world on issues related to African development, peace, and security.
Ambassador Espírito Santo holds a degree in economics from Agostinho Neto University (Luanda, Angola) and a master’s degree in political science from the School of Advanced Political Studies (Paris, France). He is multilingual, speaking Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, and some African languages. Ambassador Espírito Santo is married with two children.