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Resident Members

With a diversity of backgrounds and areas of expertise, NOVAFRICA resident members are the core of researchers affiliated with the Nova School of Business and Economics who collaborate in the implementation of NOVAFRICA’s activities.

Cátia Batista
Cátia Batista
Field: Development Economics, Macroeconomics

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 IGC (International Growth Center, based at the LSE) 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.

Filipa Castanheira
Filipa Castanheira
Field: Human Resource Management

Filipa Castanheira is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. She has a PhD in Psychology: Social Psychology from the University of Lisbon. Her current research interests include Human Resource Management, employment relationships, including temporary employment, job design and stress and well-being at work. She is the author or co-author of several book or chapters in national books: Trabalhar num Call Center: Dos mitos à realidade (Editora RH, 2010); Novos Desafios para a Gestão de Recursos Humanos: O caso dos trabalhadores temporários (Editora RH, 2011); as well as papers in international journals such as Human Resource Management (2010), International Journal of Training and Development (2012), Journal of Managerial Psychology (2012), Journal of Business and Psychology (2006) and Journal of Organizational Behavior (2007).

Alexander Coutts
Fields: Development Economics, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics

Alexander Coutts is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from New York University. His research has involved field work in Uganda, Ghana, and most recently Rwanda where he designed and conducted a series of public goods experiments in rural villages. His research interests center on the interaction between behavioral and development economics, with a focus on using experiments in both the lab and field. He currently teaches Behavioral Economics in the graduate program at Nova SBE.

José Crespo de Carvalho
Fields: Operations Management, Strategy

José is a Full Professor of Operations Management at NOVA SBE and the Academic Director of the Nova SBE Executive Education.
He holds an Aggregation, a PhD in Management, an MBA, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems all from Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Post-graduation in Project Management from Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa (IST). José has a long experience in the private sector, as director or member of the board, and has developed, as a free-lancer or associated with consultancy companies, several consultancy projects to Portuguese and multinational companies, as well as public institutions. He has published extensively in several journals and books, having 25 ISBN published books. He is the author of many scholarly and widespread articles and case studies on the challenges and opportunities facing organisations today.

Igor Cunha
Field: Credit Ratings, Cash Management, CEO Impact on Corporate Decisions

Igor Cunha is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a Masters in Economics from the same institution. He currently teaches Corporate Finance in the undergraduate level and International Financial Management at the masters level. His research interests are in empirical corporate finance, more specifically credit ratings, cash management and CEO impact on corporate decisions.

Miguel Pina e Cunha
Miguel Pina e Cunha
Field: Organizational Behavior

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.

Cláudia Custódio
Field: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Mergers and acquisitions, Corporate Diversification, Capital Structure, Executive Compensation, Human Capital

Cláudia Custódio is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics and a visiting Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics. From 2010 to 2014 she was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and before she joined academia she has worked in financial auditing, as junior audit. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics In 2010.
Her research is driven by the aim of understanding how do firms take decision and how these decisions can create economic value, with a particular focus on the role of human capital. So far, her work has contributed to a better understanding and measurement of human capital at the management level. She has mostly been focused on studying the impact and effects of managerial expertise for corporate outcomes. She has also come up with a simple, yet novel, explanation for an old puzzle in finance: why do diversified firms have a valuation discount, and proposed a new way of measuring the so called ‘diversification discount’. Her papers are published in top finance journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics¸ and also receive attention from the general media. For instance, her work about generalist and specialist managers was featured in the Harvard Business Review. Cláudia Custódio has extensive teaching experience in the field of Finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is the co-author of a Corporate Finance text book in Portuguese, “Finanças da Empresa”, which is the best seller book in this topic in Portugal since 2007.

Francesco Franco
Francesco Franco
Field: Macroeconomics

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.

Sofia F. Franco
Sofia F. Franco
Field: Urban Economics

Sofia F. Franco is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), Lisbon and a research member of UECE. She received her Ph.D. from University of California-Santa Barbara in 2007, and was a faculty member at the University of California-Riverside and a visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College, U.S., before coming to Nova SBE in 2010. Sofia has also been a consultant for the World Bank and for the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Maryland, U.S, on topics related to urban development and zoning policies. Most of Sofia’s research lies at the boundaries of environmental, urban and real estate economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information (GIS) tools. Sofia has published scholarly articles dealing with the efficiency and distributional impacts of anti-sprawl policies, urban sprawl and land use change in the United States. Recently, she started to study also parking as a key link between transportation and land use, with important consequences for cities, the economy, and the environment. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and Transportation Research-Part A.

Emanuel Gomes
Field: International Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances, Firm Internationalisation

Emanuel Gomes is a Visiting Associate Professor at Nova SBE and is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Business and Strategy at the University of Birmingham – Birmingham Business School, UK.
Before pursuing an academic career, he had previously worked in the automotive, HR and the not-for-profit sectors. He has provided consultancy to companies operating in the automotive, construction, international trade, energy, music, and sports industries.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Business & Technology Association (GBATA) and of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Interest Committee of the EuroMed Research Business Institute.
He is the author of three books ‘Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances: Understanding the Process’, ‘Acquisitions in the UK Car Industry: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Merger Processes.’ and ‘Mergers and Acquisitions as Strategic Methods of Business Development in the Global Automobile Industry: An Analysis of Five Cases’. He is also the author of several papers published in international refereed journals such as the Journal of World Business, Management International Review, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Marketing Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, and several others.

Carmen Lages
Field: Marketing, Corporate Communications

Carmen Lages is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Nova SBE. She took her PhD in Marketing from Warwick Business School, UK.
Her main research contributions to research are in the fields of relationship marketing (i.e. relationship marketing metrics and business to business relationships in an international context), the impact of firm’s dynamic capabilities (such as innovation and learning) on export performance and the operationalization of brand identity and of strategic public relations as a marketing communications tool. Overall, the relevance of exporting and social responsibility motivated her to pursue research in both.
Her research has been published in several scientific journals, including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Euromarketing.

Luís Filipe Lages
Luís Filipe Lages
Field: Management, Marketing, Innovation, Internationalization

Luís Filipe Lages is Associate Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal. He also lectures at the Lisbon MBA (in collaboration with MIT Sloan School) and is Coordinator of the Innovation Module at the MIT-Portugal program in Bioengineering Systems (in collaboration with MIT Engineering School). He holds a PhD in Marketing and International Business from Warwick University (UK) and has conducted post-doctoral work at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2000) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (2001). He has been a Visiting Professor in several leading business schools across the globe where he taught in Executive, MBA and Masters Programs in the fields of Marketing, International Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Luís has managerial and consultancy experience in business, governmental and not-for-profit forums and is .Associate-Member of APBA. Interested in the process of bridging different personalities, professional backgrounds, cultures, and in the translation of ideas and breakthrough innovations into market success, has published in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, European Journal of Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review, integrating the Editorial Board of these last two.

Guido Maretto
Guido Maretto
Field: Contract Theory, Financial Economics, Criminal Organizations

Guido Maretto is an Assistant Professor of Business Strategy at Nova School of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD in Social Science from California Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a Researcher on the Evolution of Markets at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics in the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. He currently teaches Strategy (Industry and Competition), Games and Markets, and Organization and Incentives in the graduate program at Nova SBE. His research uses information economics to analyze problems in markets and organizations.

José Mata
José Mata
Field: Strategy and International Business, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization

José Mata is Professor of Strategy at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His interests center on the Dynamics of Markets and Firms’ Strategies.
He received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1984 and a doctorate in Business Economics from Minho University in 1991. Before joining Nova in 2000, he worked at the Minho University, Bank of Portugal and Technical University of Lisbon. He served as President of the National Statistical Institute of Portugal from 2003 to 2005.
His research spans over the areas of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business and Industrial and Labour Economics. His publications include “Foreignness and Exit Over the Life Cycle of Firms” Journal of International Business Studies, 2012 (with Ernesto Freitas), “Risky Innovation: the impact of internal and external R&D strategies upon the distribution of returns” Research Policy, 2012 (with Martin Woerter), “Founding Conditions and the Survival of New Firms” Strategic Management Journal, 2010 (with Paul A. Geroski and Pedro Portugal), “Counterfactual Decomposition of Wage Changes Using Quantile Regressions” Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2005 (with José A. F. Machado), and “On the Evolution of the Firm Size Distribution: Facts and Theory” American Economic Review, 2003 (with Luís Cabral).

Teresa Molina Millán
Field: Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Teresa Molina Millán is an Assistant Researcher at Nova School of Business and Economics. She obtained her PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and her main areas of research are applied microeconomics and development economics. Her current work focuses on rural poverty, migration, insurance, and conditional cash transfers. She is also interested on violations of random sample selection, either because of attrition or because of self-selection into programs. She is currently affiliated as junior researcher with IZA (Bonn, Germany) and teaches Microeconometrics in the graduate program at Nova SBE.

Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves
Field: Organizational Behavior

Pedro Neves is an Assistant Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics. He received his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from ISCTE in 2007 and later went to the University of Delaware for a Post-Doc. He has published in several international journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Group & Organization Management and Human Performance and is the author/co-author of four books (three of them forthcoming). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and won the Research Award (2009) from RH Magazine/Select-Vedior and the Outstanding Reviewer Award (2010) from the OB Division of the Academy of Management. His research interests focus on interpersonal relationships in the workplace, leadership, improvisation/risk taking (he is the Principal Researcher of a project funded by FCT in this area), change management and entrepreneurship.

Susana Peralta
Susana Peralta
Field: Fiscal Policy

Susana Peralta holds a PhD in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. Her research focus on the economics of multi-layered governments, including tax competition and political economy issues. She is an Associate Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics, which she joined in 2004. She is a Research Associate of CEPR and CORE-UCL. Her work is published in academic journals such as The Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics.

Luis Brites Pereira
Field: International Macroeconomics, Development Economics

Luis Brites Pereira is a Visiting Professor at The Lisbon MBA and Deputy Director of the Centre for Globalisation & Governance (CG&G) at the Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE). He was educated in Portugal (Ph.D in International Economics, Nova SBE) and South Africa (M. Com. and B. Econ. Sc. (Hons.), University of the Witwatersrand). Prior his current duties, he was a lecturer at Nova SBE and at the Wits Business School (Johannesburg) as well as a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Tropical Research Institute (IICT). His recent research focuses on globalisation and governance interactions, particularly in African economies, and has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Open Economies Review and Governance. His consulting experience, meanwhile, includes such institutions as Cape Verde’s Central Bank and the Macao Monetary Authority, China. In the past, he was also an economic advisor to the Portuguese government on the international dimension of its technological and innovation policy. More recently, he served in public office as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal.

Ana Balcão Reis
Ana Balcão Reis
Field: Economic Growth, Economics of Education

Ana Balcão Reis is Associate Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, (currently Nova SBE). Her main research interests are on economic growth driven by technology development and adoption and the link between economic growth and the quality of the environment. The role of human capital accumulation on economic growth has led her more recently to the field of economics of education. She has taught courses on Macroeconomics, Economic Growth and Development for the Undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. More recently she is also teaching Economics of Education for the Masters’ program. Her work is published in academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the European Economic Review.

Giuliano Russo
Field: Health Economics

Giuliano Russo is unit director and assistant professor of health policy and economics at Nova’s Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical. He has over 15 years of professional experience in academia, public and private sector in Europe, Africa and Latin America, having worked in the past for the Overseas Development Insitute (UK), the Government of Mozambique, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (Mexico), as well as for SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (Spain and the UK). His recent research has focused on pharmaceutical markets and health systems in low-income settings, on the economics of human resources for health, and on health aid architecture, with a geographical focus on Portuguese-speaking countries. Giuliano holds an MSc in health economics from the University of York, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Maria do Carmo Seabra
Field: Regulation

Maria do Carmo Seabra was born in Lisbon. She graduated from the Portuguese Catholic University, and obtained her Doctorate and Aggregation from the School of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, (current Nova SBE), an institution that she is affiliated to since 1980. Her area of main interest is microeconomics, particularly the economics of regulation, and more recently the economics of education. She has lectured courses on these topics at all levels of education, at the School of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and occasionally in other institutions such as the Law School, Universidade de Coimbra, at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and at the Angola Business School. She has published articles in national and international journals and has participated in several international conferences. Over the years has been actively involved in college life, holding various positions as President of the Pedagogical Council, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the Scientific Council and more recently a member of the University Council. Maria do Carmo Seabra provided consulting services to various institutions. Between 2002 and 2004 she joined the board of directors of ICP-ANACOM and the Independent Regulators Group. In 2004 she left the ICP to become Minister of Education of the XVII Constitutional Government of Portugal, after which she returned to the School of Economics.

André Silva
Field: Macroeconomics

André Silva is Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. His research is on Development, Finance, and Macroeconomics. He has papers on topics such as capital flows, innovation, and the demand for money. He teaches courses on Macroeconomics and Finance for the Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. programs. Before working at Nova SBE, André Silva taught at the University of Chicago, in the United States, and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; and worked as a consultant at Accenture. André Silva has presented his research in international conferences and seminars. His recent research includes the effect of portfolio rebalancing on the calculations of the welfare cost of inflation, the determinants of capital flows, and the effects of the capital structure on incentives to innovation.

Joana Story
Joana Story
Field: Leadership Studies

Joana Story is an assistant professor at Nova School of Business and Economics and a researcher in the areas of global leadership, leadership and management in Africa, ethical leadership, social responsibility and organizational behavior. Graduated in Social Communication from PUC-Minas, holds a master and PhD in leadership studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Nebraska for five years. She published also several articles in international journals such as Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Leadership Studies, International Journal of Leadership Studies and Journal of Leadership Education.

Daniel Traça
Daniel Traça
Field: International Business

Daniel Traça is currently professor of sustainable international business and the dean of Nova SBE, and invited professor at INSEAD. He graduated in Economics at Nova and holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University, New York. He was a professor at INSEAD, Paris and Singapore, and in the Solvay Brussels School in Brussels, where he was director of MBA programs. Daniel Traça also has several papers published in international journals in the field of international economics and economic development, as well as having collaborated with the European Commission and the World Bank.

Pedro Vicente
Field: Development Economics, Political Economy

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.