Carlos Figueiredo joined the African Innovation Foundation in September 2014 as Country Director of the Social Impact Program for Angola, SIPA which focuses on innovative ways to respond to Angola’s social and development challenges. He is responsible for facilitating links between donors and those requiring program support to foster growth and equity in Angola. Carlos is an Angolan agronomist and rural development planner with extensive experience on development projects since the early 1990s. He has worked with Angolan and international NGOs such as Development Workshop and SNV, as well as UN agencies such as UNDP. Carlos served as a volunteer in different Angolan and southern African organizations, and is a member of the Socio-Political Observatory of Angola (OPSA). He has been a member of various boards, mainly Action for Rural Development and Environment (ADRA) and the Center for Development and Partnership (CDPA). He was also an active board member of Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Southern Africa Council of ICCO, a Dutch inter-church organization for development cooperation. Carlos graduated in Agronomy and his areas of expertise include rural development, social housing and water and sanitation hygiene. His key interests include participative development and engaging use of appropriate technology.
Miguel Watangua leads SIPA’s knowledge management and development research area. Between 2011-2014 he was the focal point for international organizations on issues of fair trade and consumer protection policies at Angola’s Ministry of Trade, liaising with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Southern African Development Community, World Trade Organization and United Nations Development Program. He holds an MSc in global political economy from City University of London, U.K., and a BSc in International Studies from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
His goals: I am always striving for greater personal and professional growth and trying to contribute towards positive societal change and development.
Alcilia joined the AIF-SIPA team on February 2016 as an Executive Administrative Assistant and is currently project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. As development professional with an academic background in Ethnology and African Studies, Alcilia has 18 years of relevant experience on political, social and development issues including institutional strenghning of labour and media unions as well as gender equity, education and research.
She has worked at non-governmental institutions like Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Action for Rural Development and Environment (ADRA), Historic Research and Documentation Center. She is currently a member of the Socio-political Observatory of Angola (OPSA), a civil society pressure group seeking to influence social policies for sustainable social development.
Oliveira Paulo has 20 years of experience working in both humanitarian and development programs with Concern World Wide, Advance Africa, Joint Aid Management and other organizations. In the last decade, as Economic Development Officer with World Vision, he managed microfinance and business development projects. Oliveira has a BSc in Businesses Management and is at the final stages of his MSc in Quality and Innovation. His areas of expertise include business and project management, mentoring, quality, innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes him tick? Finding creative ways to boost young people’s entrepreneurship, innovation and competiveness.