Sofia Borges

Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office

Sofia Borges is the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office. In this role, Sofia serves as chief liaison with United Nations leadership and the diplomatic community, working to identify new opportunities for building and deepening partnerships with a range of stakeholders, as well as overseeing initiatives with the private sector and managing engagement with other organizations. As a member of the UN Foundation leadership team, she also provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the Foundation. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Sofia held the position of Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and served in the Cabinet of the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly as Special Adviser on Strategic Engagement and Transparency.

From 2002-2016, Sofia held various positions at the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the UN, including six years as Ambassador and Permanent Representative. She represented Timor-Leste through a critical peacekeeping to peacebuilding period, including its removal from the agenda of the UN Security Council. During this time, she also served as Chair of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee) for the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and as a Vice President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. She was the Chief Negotiator for Timor-Leste during the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (2013-2014) and Chief Negotiator for Timor-Leste on the Post-2015 Inter-Governmental Negotiations on the SDGs (2014-2015). She was also Chair of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (2014-2016) and Chair of the G7+ (2010-2014), a role which was critical in the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda. Additionally, Sofia has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the UN Democracy Fund (2012-2013) and as a Member of the Executive Board of UN Women (2012-2013). Prior to joining the Foreign Ministry, Sofia worked both as an anthropologist at the Central Land Council in Australia, engaging with indigenous land owners in Central Australia on lands rights claims, and at the Asian Development Bank on issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction in Timor-Leste.

Sofia holds degrees in Anthropology, Political Science, and Law from the Australian National University, Canberra, and Northern Territory Universiaty, Darwin. She speaks Tetum, English, and Portuguese.