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

Norman Smit
06 April 2017

In this TEDx talk, Tutu Fellow Ed Mabaya talks about his childhood growing up in rural Zimbabwe and how it gave him the insight into the power of improved seed to provide a pathway out of poverty. He left the small family farm where he grew up. But when he returned, it was to the realisation that food security remains a problem for too many parts of rural Africa. Successful farmers are able to make enough money to invest in their children's educations. A key element to better farming outcomes is better seed.  Mabaya calls this improved seed the 'hunger buster 2.0'.  Climate smart varieties of non-GMO, conventionally-bred seed offer opportunities for bigger harvests.

Sello Hatang
01 April 2017

Nelson Mandela called him “a person of strong opinion and sharp insight”.

To all of us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada is more than a hero of the South African liberation struggle. He is “Mr K” – a lovable and loving friend of Nelson Mandela for 67 years and a long-time friend of the NMF. Having served Mr Mandela as his Parliamentary Counsellor for the five years of his term as President of South Africa, Mr K stepped down when Mr Mandela decided not to run for a second term. Mr Mandela invited him to serve as a Trustee of his post-presidential office – which became known as the Nelson Mandela Foundation – which he did from 1999 until 2016.


Where do I even begin to describe how much you meant to me. Words fail to adequately describe my love, respect and admiration for you, my dearest K! Not only were you a man I deeply respected, a freedom fighter and iconic South African, but I had the privilege to call you my dearest friend. Thinking back, I cannot help but chuckle at how you insisted I drop the 'Uncle' nonsense, and just call you Kathy, because you loved that it made you feel much younger.

As I think back at the beautiful box of memories, moments and deep conversations shared with you, I am comforted by the time we got to spend together. I am comforted by the fact that your strength, conviction and bravery have left a great legacy and a lifetime of lessons for us all.

Norman Smit
30 March 2017

One of the candidates participating in the 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme, Sonkita Conteh, has been selected by the Schwab Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for 2016.  The Schwab Foundation drafts the list annually from a global pool of candidates.  The annual selection usually comprises about 20-25 people who join the 260 social entrepreneurs in a global network that fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of ideas.  The foundation works closely with the World Economic Forum to integrate their awardees into regional and global meetings of the WEF.

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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