Azevêdo joined Brazil's Foreign Service in 1984 and his first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He served on various WTO dispute settlement panels after being assigned to Geneva in 1997. From 2006 to 2008, he was vice minister for economic and technological affairs in Brazil’s Foreign Ministry and became the country’s chief trade negotiator at the Doha Round and for other WTO issues. In 2008, Azevêdo was appointed Brazil’s permanent representative to the WTO.
Almost 50 percent of existing jobs in some developed countries are at high risk of automation today. And the number is higher in many developing countries.