Beatriz Bissio


PhD in History (Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF, Brazil)

Beatriz Bissio is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Coordinator of the Research Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Africa, Asia and South-South Relations (UFRJ).

Originally Uruguayan, she is a naturalised Brazilian.

Beatriz Bissio has worked for more than two decades as a journalist in the international arena, as a correspondent for various Latin American outlets, and as founder, director, and editor of three magazines: Third World (1974-2006); Ecology and Development (1991-2006); and Revista do Mercosur (1992-2006). She has interviewed personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Agostinho Neto, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Samora Machel, Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Xanana Gusmao, Julius Nyerere, General Omar Torrijos, and General Velasco Alvarado.

She is a former coordinator of the Brazilian Maranhao State International Relations Committee (during Dr. Jackson Lago´s administration, 2007-2009).

She is Chair of the NGO ‘Dialogues of the South’; she won the Vladimir Herzog Prize and Golden Dolphin 2000, in Journalism.

On May 8, 2013, she was awarded the Victory Medal by the Ministerof Defense, Ambassador Celso Amorim.