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Executive Team

The NOVAFRICA executive team is responsible for establishing NOVAFRICA’s strategy in its different areas of intervention.
It is also in charge of coordinating, implementing and assessing the different activities of the centre.

Cátia Batista
Cátia Batista
Scientific Director

Cátia Batista is an Associate Professor of Economics at Nova University of Lisbon, and co-Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center at the same institution. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. Catia has conducted randomized field and lab-in-the field experiments and collected data on topics related to mobile money and financial innovation, migration and remittance flows, education, entrepreneurship and technology adoption, including agricultural modernization, in countries such as Cape Verde, Ireland, Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. She has lectured macroeconomics, development and international economics at the departments of Economics of the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and Nova University of Lisbon. In the past she has also worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Portuguese Catholic University. She is affiliated as a researcher with CReAM (London, UK), and IZA (Bonn, Germany). She has also worked as a consultant for the International Growth Center and for the World Bank. Her research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the World Bank Economic Review.

Pedro Vicente
Pedro Vicente
Scientific Director and Head of Economic Development Unit

Pedro Vicente is an Associate Professor of Economics and director of the PhD program in Economics and Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics, and an invited Lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Pedro researches on development economics, with an emphasis on political economy issues, and a special interest in Africa. He designed and conducted field work (including randomized field experiments) in Mozambique, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. He has published articles in top field journals such as the Journal of Development Economics.
Pedro holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and is affiliated with BREAD (Duke University, USA) and with the CSAE (University of Oxford, UK). He is Lead Academic for Mozambique at the IGC (International Growth Center based at the LSE and Oxford), and a consultant for the World Bank.

Miguel Lino Ferreira
Executive Director

Miguel has been the Executive Director of NOVAFRICA since December 2015. He holds a Master in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Economics and a BSc in Management, both from Nova School of Business and Economics.
His research focus on economic diplomacy, international trade, and economic growth. He designed and conducted fieldwork (including randomised controlled trials) in Angola and Mozambique.
Miguel is affiliated with the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme (Oxford, UK). He is also a consultant for the World Bank in Africa and the Middle East.

Miguel Pina e Cunha
Miguel Pina e Cunha
Head of Management Unit

Miguel Pina e Cunha is Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics.
He works in the field of organizational behavior and has published regularly on topics such as leaders and leadership, desired change and emerging change, virtuous organizations and toxic organizations.
His most recent books are Leadership: Virtue is in the Middle (Current, 2011), The Virtues of Leadership (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Handbook of Organizational Behavior and Management (RH Publisher, 2012, seventh edition). He has published nearly a hundred articles in magazines such as European Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, and Management & Organizational History, among others.

Francesco Franco
Head of Macroeconomics Unit

Francesco Franco is Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics since 2004. Ph.D. in Economics, 2004, by the Massachussets Institute of Technology; M.Sc. in Economics, 1998, at Bocconi University; and Laurea in Economia Política, 1996, by Bocconi University.
His research interests include fluctuations and applied macroeconomics, topics on which he has published in Portuguese and international journals. He is referee of various journals, among which the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association.
He is currently working on research projects on identification in macroeconomics and on finance and macroeconomic fluctuations.

Raquel Fernandes
Administrative Coordinator

Raquel Fernandes has worked in Luanda as Human Resources Director, coordinating the HR department in companies with interests in various business areas. In Mozambique, Raquel has collaborated with the NGO Equipa d’África in the field of health and education.
She has a undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, after which she conducted psychological follow-up of adolescents and young adults at the Núcleo de Estudos do Suicídio in the Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon.
Currently, Raquel is a student in the Master of Management for Human Resources Professionals at Nova School of Business and Economics – Executive Education.