José Velez Caroço
José Velez Caroço is the Executive Director of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, which is set in Lisbon. The North-South Centre promotes the universal values upheld by the Council of Europe – human rights, democracy and the rule of law – beyond the European continent, strengthening the dialogue between the global North and global South.
He was appointed Executive Director of the North-South Centre after five years serving as Consul general of Portugal in Boston, USA, where he played an important role in promoting the Portuguese culture and language.
José Velez Caroço has been a Portuguese diplomat for over 27 years, working in Europe, Africa and the Americas, acquiring an extensive experience both in bilateral and multilateral international affairs.