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.

Paulino has lead and promoted 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.

In 2020, he announced he was joining other independents in a run for municipal office in the local elections in Cape Verde

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
30 March 2020

Two Fellows, Aderonke Onadeko of the Class of 2006 and 2007 Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli have partnered together to launch Nourishing Africa, a hub for entrepreneurs to accelerate their work, connect with funders, markets, talent, and celebrate their successes.

It connects agtech and digital innovators to ensure that Africa nourishes itself and becomes a net exporter of food by 2050.  On the site, they explain the simple math: by 2050, 2.4 billion people will live in Africa. If they spend $1 a day on food, this represents a $876 billion annual market. If they spend $10, its an $8.76 trillion annual market. A key goal is to empower Africans to sustainably grow and supply this massive market, reaping the benefits of local jobs.

Norman Smit
25 March 2020

2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

Norman Smit
23 March 2020

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum II has written a post titled Coronavirus: Amid the global pandemic, lessons for Africa which was published by the Brookings Institution on 20 March 2020.  Yap, who is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, started the article by saying that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, bringing enormous human, social, and economic disruption. It's been a busy time for Yap, with the Coronavirus pandemic following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was on the frontline in a Phase III trial ebola vaccine to reduce the numbers of people infected by the disease.

In the article, Yap says that for Africa, where most countries have relatively weak health systems, the relatively slow arrival of COVID-19 bought Africa time to prepare.

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.


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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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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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