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NOVAFRICA Team

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, 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.

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
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.
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