Paulino DiasPaulino Dias


Cape Verde

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Economist

Occupational Position: Senior advisor on economic policies and entrepreneur in Cape Verde

Professional History

Dias is currently the Chairman and CEO of PD Consult, a research and consultancy firm specialized in social and economic studies, development policies and private sector development and promotion, that he founded in 2007.  He has over 16 years of experience of high-level management in top companies in Cape Verde, many of which are multinationals. From 2008 to 2010 he served as an Executive Member of the Board of the second largest bank in Cape Verde (Caixa Económica), helping to design and implement the strategy to expand operations to all the islands. He has also lectured at the University of Cape Verde and at a local business school on leadership, business strategy, and marketing. As a consultant, he advises decision makers in both the public and private sectors.

Dias was one of six economists invited by the President of the Republic of Cape Verde in 2013 to analyze the current economic situation in the country and advise on decisions that should be taken to reduce crisis impacts. He has coordinated and participated in several strategic consultancy projects in Cape Verde and other African Portuguese speaking countries. From January 2014 to December 2016, he served as the Honorary Consul of Turkey in Cape Verde.

In 2014 he was nominated by Choiseul Institute  as one of the 100 young future leaders of Africa.  From 2012 to 2015, he served as the chairman of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Cape Verde, being engaged with the Government in the design of structural policies to promote entrepreneurship and support small and medium enterprises' (SMEs) growth in the country. Relevant achievements during his mandate included the approval of a special legal framework targeting SMEs, and the global prize won by Cape Verde in 2013 as “Country of The Year” for the country´s performance in the promotion of entrepreneurship during the “Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012” – a global project supported by Kouffman Foundation and leaded then in Cape Verde by the Association of Young Entrepreneurs.

Presently, Paulino Dias is leading and promoting a volunteer initiative to help university students on their research and final reports, providing guidance, orientation in methodology and literature review and access to relevant networks. The objective is to help the students solve their problem of lack of orientation, while encouraging social and economic research in fields that the country needs for its development.

Qualifications


Economics Degree from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Masters in Global Management from ISCTE, Portugal
MBA from ISCEE, Portugal

Programs


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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