Former Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Carlos Lopes is the former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the level of United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General.
Last updated: January 20, 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Carlos Lopes led the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 2012 until 2016.
He is also Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Development & Policy Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. He is a visiting fellow at Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and serves the Global Commission on Economy & Climate and the steering group to assist African Union reform. His research and writing on development issues specializes in development and strategic planning.
He was a member of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) executive team and managed its global program with a portfolio of USD 1 billion. He has also served on advisory boards of the Kofi Annan Foundation, World Economic Forum African Council, ISCTE Lisbon University Institute, Instituto Ethos, Geneva Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, and journals such as Géopolitique Africaine, African Sociological Review, African Identities and Strategic Review for Southern Africa.
He has also held the positions of UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training; and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and Director of the UN System Staff College in Turin at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.
Following service in the public sector of his native Guinea-Bissau in areas of research, diplomacy and planning, he joined the UNDP as a development economist in 1988. While at UNDP, he occupied various positions, including Deputy Director at the Office of Evaluation & Strategic Planning, Resident Representative in Zimbabwe, as well as Deputy, and later Director of the New York-based Bureau for Development Policy.
He received his PhD in history from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris and holds a Master of Research from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies.
He has authored or edited 22 books and taught at universities and academic institutions in Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal; Zurich, Switzerland; Uppsala, Sweden; Mexico City, Mexico; and São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carlos Lopes was a keynote speaker at the 5th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.