The NOVAFRICA team is responsible for establishing NOVAFRICA’s strategy, and also coordinating, implementing and assessing the different activities of the center.

Cátia Batista
Catia Batista
Scientific Director

Catia Batista is Associate Professor of Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she is also co-Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center. Catia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include international migration and remittance flows, mobile money, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, education and policy evaluation. She has conducted randomized and lab-in-the-field experiments in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. Catia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a research fellow at the international research centers CReAM (London, UK), IZA (Bonn, Germany) and J-PAL Europe (Paris, France), and has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and at Portuguese Catholic University. She has consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center.

Pedro Vicente
Pedro Vicente
Scientific Director

Pedro C. Vicente is a Full Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), where he is also a founding scientific director of the knowledge center NOVAFRICA. He specializes in development economics and Africa, with a focus on political economy issues. Previously to Nova SBE, Pedro Vicente was a professor and researcher at the University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and a consultant to the World Bank. Pedro Vicente has published in leading economics journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Development Economics. His research has entailed substantial fieldwork efforts in African countries including Mozambique, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as funding by national and international agencies such as DFID, USAID, 3IE, IZA, and FCT. Pedro Vicente has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Vera Pinto
Executive Director

Vera Pinto is an enthusiastic communications professional with several years of experience as a journalist and communications manager with a focus in economics and politics. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in International Economics (ISCTE Business School), a post-graduation in Journalism by the Complutense University of Madrid and a degree in Communication Science.
As journalist she worked at Lusa, at R. Com (Canal 1, RFM e MEGA FM) and at TVI. Throughout her career Vera made reports, interviews, journal editions and covered the official visits of high-level state officers (President and Prime-Minister) to foreign countries. Some of the most remarkable experiences included visits to developing countries in Africa, such as Angola and Mozambique. After journalism Vera focused her activity in corporate communication. She worked as communication manager in LPM Communication, the leading Portuguese company in communication consulting. Recently she developed her skills in communication management at AGEAS Group.

Raquel Fernandes

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 an 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.
Raquel also holds an executive master in Management for Human Resources Professionals from Nova School of Business and Economics – Executive Education.

Magda Ferrão
Financial Officer

Magda Ferrão worked for several years as a Management Controller focusing on Financial Reporting in the private health sector. She had the opportunity to be part of the creation and development of a clinical units of one of the largest private health groups in the country.
She graduated in Health Management from the Atlantic University and undertook a professional internship in one of the largest private health hospitals. The aim of the study was a microeconomic analysis of the emergency department.
She was part of social support projects as a volunteer.

João Martins
Project Manager

João Martins has a degree in International Relations and a Master in European Studies. He worked for seven years at the Rectory of Universidade Nova de Lisboa as an international mobility officer. During this period, he developed activities aimed at providing support to academic cooperation between Nova and other higher education institutions from Latin America, Northern Africa, Russia, Japan and Australia. More recently, he was also a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, collaborating in fieldwork activities under the European Social Survey