Management Team

The NOVAFRICA management 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 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, and policy evaluation. She has done work including 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) and IZA (Bonn, Germany), 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. Her academic work has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics, and the World Bank Economic Review.

Pedro Vicente
Pedro Vicente
Scientific Director

Pedro Vicente is 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, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe. He has published articles in top field journals such as the Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics.
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.

Mafalda de Avelar
Executive Director

Mafalda de Avelar is currently pursuing a PhD on corruption at ICS (Universidade de Lisboa), she is also the President of Johns Hopkins University Portuguese Alumni Club. Mafalda often appears in media, in Portugal and Brasil, as a journalist and commentator. Previously, she was Special Projects Coordinator, journalist and Deputy Editor in chief of Lusa, the Portugal News Agency, where she started her career as a journalist almost 19 years ago. With an international career, Mafalda de Avelar worked in Brazil in the newsrooms of Folha de S.Paulo, Gazeta Mercantil and InvestNews, where she was also a correspondent for the Portuguese newspaper “O Independente”. In Portugal, she worked at Diário Económico and SIC Notícias. She was also a columnist for Expresso. When she moved back from Rio de Janeiro, Mafalda was responsible for a column on international matters for Correio da Manhã and collaborated with Folha de S.Paulo, VEJA Magazine and CMTV. Mafalda is Alumni of the Nova School of Business and Economics and of John Hopkins University, where she was Teaching Assistant in Microeconomics. She loves Africa, a continent she got to know through Gas’AFRICA (Universidade Católica Portuguesa).

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

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