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Emilia Pires

Minister for Finance, Timor-Leste
Emilia Pires Prior to becoming Timor-Leste's Finance Minister, Ms Pires was the Senior Coordination Advisor on the International Compact of the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General as part of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. During the Dili International Dialogue held in Timor-Leste in 2010, Minister Pires was elected by 45 nations to co-Chair the International Dialogue on Peace-Building and State-Building. Ms Pires was also selected to Chair the g7+ of Fragile States, an independent forum of fragile and conflict affected countries and regions that have united to form a collective voice. The eldest of 7 children, Ms Pires travelled with her family to Australia in 1975 as a refugee. She completed a Mathematics degree at Latrobe University, post graduate studies in Government Law at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in Development Management from the London School of Economics. After starting her professional career as a junior public servant with the Victorian Government, Ms Pires reached senior management level, and was appointed as Regional Executive Representative of the National Council of Timorese Resistance and coordinated the Conference on the Strategic Development Plan for Timor-Leste in Melbourne, Australia. Ms Pires served as Board Member of the East Timor Human Rights Centre and President of the Timorese Association in Victoria before returning to Timor-Leste. She has over 25 years of management, community planning and development experience which includes senior posts with the United Nations and the World Bank.