Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho of Brazil has been appointed as Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), replacing South Africa’s Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi.
The United Nations said on Friday that Secretary-General António Guterres had selected Filho to succeed Mgwebi, who completed his assignment on 31 January 2018. The UN said Guterres is grateful to Mgwebi for his dedicated leadership as head of the MONUSCO military component.
Lieutenant General Martins Filho has had a distinguished military career with the Brazilian Armed Forces spanning more than 35 years. He is currently serving as the Chief of Office of the International Organizations Office at the Ministry of Defence of Brazil since 2017. Previously, he served as Chief Defence Intelligence of the Intelligence Office of the Ministry of Defence of Brazil as Director of the Brazilian Command, War and Staff College (2015-2016), and as Chief Operations at the Brazilian Western Border (2013-2015). He was Commanding Officer of the Brazilian Presidential Guard battalion (2009-2011).
Lieutenant General Martins Filho also has extensive peacekeeping experience, having served as Planning Officer in the Force Generation Service in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2005 to 2008. He also served as Deputy Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations (2001-2003) and as Staff Officer at the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III from 1995 to 1996.
Lieutenant General Martins Filho holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia and graduated from the Defense War College of the Escola Superior de Guerra.
Born in Fortaleza in 1960, he is married and has three children.