Occupational Position: Senior advisor on economic policies and entrepreneur in Cape Verde
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.
Economics Degree from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Masters in Global Management from ISCTE, Portugal
MBA from ISCEE, Portugal
2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow