NOVAFRICA Student Group

The NOVAFRICA Student Group is a group of students from Nova SBE that promotes and supports NOVAFRICA activities and projects in Portugal and in Africa.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact us via email.
You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Twitter account our YouTube channel.

Sara Almeida

Sara is a PhD candidate at NOVA School of Business and Economics. She holds a BSc. in Economics from ISEG School of Economics and Management and a MSc. in Economics from NOVA School of Business and Economics.
Since her graduation in 2013 Sara was engaged in several research projects and worked at the European Commission. Later she joined the Centre for European Policy Studies, which provided her with relevant experience to start her PhD in Development and Health Economics.
Currently, her work focuses on health policy in developing countries and during her PhD she has had the opportunity to work in Guinea-Bissau and Lebanon.

Joana Cardim

Joana is currently a PhD student at Nova SBE. She has been a member of NOVAFRICA since 2013, having done field work in Mozambique and Angola. Her main research interests include economics of education and community-driven development in the context of developing countries. She is now working on an impact evaluation project involving schools in Angola.

Stefan Leeffers

Stefan is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Nova SBE. He holds two MSc degrees in Economics from Nova SBE and INSPER (São Paulo, Brazil) and a BSc in Economics from Tilburg University. Since 2014 Stefan has been active within NOVAFRICA through several projects on financial inclusion in Mozambique. Currently he is working on a World Bank funded community driven development project in Angola. His main topics of interest are development economics, political economy and experimental economics.

Carolina Nogueira
Carolina Nogueira

Carolina is currently a first-year student in the PhD of Economics at Nova SBE and holds a bachelor and masters in Economics from the same institution. Her main interests focus on political and gender economics applied to development countries, where she wishes to work within the scope of her PhD project.

Marte Sigvaldsen

Marte is currently taking a Master in Economics at NOVA SBE. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics. Inspired by her travels, exploring different cultures and seeing the gaping inequalities in the world, she grew an interest in Development Economics. After traveling for half a year in Central America she decided to come to NOVA SBE to pursue a Master in Economics specialising in the Development and Trade Area of Expertise. She started attending the NOVAFRICA research seminars and soon became involved in the NOVAFRICA Student Group. Her main interest is gender equality and women empowerment, and its role in achieving prosperous and sustainable development.

Vitor Cavalcante

Vitor is a student of the Master in Economics at Nova SBE. He graduated from Insper with a Bachelor in Economics. His main interests focus on empirical development and behavioral economics. He is currently working on an impact evaluation regarding women empowerment in Mozambique in partnership with the Girl Move Academy.

Ornella Dellaccio

Ornella is a student of the Master in Economics at Nova SBE. She graduated from the University of Padua with a Bachelor in Economics and Management. She aims to combine her strong interest in Development Economics with her concerns about poverty trap and inequality through the involvement in NOVAFRICA Student Group.

Matilde Grácio
Matilde Grácio

Matilde is currently enrolled as an Economics student in the Research Masters Program at Nova SBE. Her academic and professional path include a bachelor in Economics from the same institution and one year spent in Mozambique coordinating field work for the NOVAFRICA knowledge center. Her main interests focus on empirical and behavioral economics with a direct application to the development world.

Frederica Mendonça

Frederica is currently taking a Masters in Economics at Nova SBE. She holds a Bachelor in Science of Economics from Nova SBE. In her third year of Bachelor she discovered an interest in Development Economics and began attending NOVAFRICA seminars. Her main interest is identifying the main drivers of underdevelopment from a macroeconomic perspective and trying to understand what impedes income per capita convergence.

Inês Vilela
Inês Vilela

Inês is an Economics research master student at Nova SBE. She holds a B.Sc. from Porto University and a master from Nova SBE, both in Economics. Despite the uncertain origin of her interest in Africa Development, she spent the last two years and a half working in research projects in Mozambique. From this experience she consolidated her interest in behavioural economics applied to development topics, particularly financial behaviour at the individual and community level.

Rute Caeiro
Rute Caeiro

Rute has joined Nova SBE in September 2007. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Nova SBE and spent a semester abroad at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Rute is a graduate of the Masters in Economics and her thesis is a NOVAFRICA Working Paper. She is currently the field project coordinator of “The role of technology, financial resources and business skills in microenterprise development in Mozambique”, a NOVAFRICA research project. Her main fields of interest are Macroeconomics and Development economics.

Riccardo D'Ercole

Riccardo is an MSc in Economics student at Nova. He graduated from the University of Padua and Montpellier Business School with a bachelor degree in economics and Management. He has done fieldwork in Argentina in a Microcredit program and worked on a NOVAFRICA project in Guinea-Bissau on Community Health Care workers. He has pursued studies in Economics and Development, also focusing on the application of data science and machine learning techniques in Public Policy context. On top of that, he has an interest for the Latin America region.

Ana García Hernandez

Ana is in enrolled in the PhD in Economics at Nova and a research fellow at Social Science Center Berlin (WZB). She worked as a Research Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action Uganda managing two projects evaluating the relationship between local political accountability and public service delivery and the provision of land titles and intra-household decision making. Ana is currently working on understanding how increasing political voice of women in developing countries affects community outcomes. She is using a lab-in-the-field experiment to study the effects of empowerment on public good provision in the context of informal institutions. Her areas of interest include Political and Behavioral Economics with focus in developing countries.

Bruno Spellanzon

Bruno is a PhD candidate at NOVA SBE. He holds a Bsc in Management from FGV-EAESP and a Msc. In Economics from NOVA SBE and INSPER-SP. After graduating from FGV Bruno worked in investment banks and strategic consultancy firms in Brazil for about 5 years before starting his Msc. Afterwards, he worked in Angola in an Impact Evaluation project and from that, he decided to pursue his PhD focusing in Development Economics.

Galina Vysotskaya

Galina is a MSc in Economics student at Nova SBE. She graduated from MGIMO-University (Moscow, Russia) with a Bachelor in Economics. Her main academic interest is Development Economics with a particular emphasis on poverty and social development.