Carlos Lopes of Guinea-Bissau holds a PhD in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a research master from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He received an Honorary PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He has more than 24 years of experience at the United Nations as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Brazil and Zimbabwe and, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and Director of the United Nations System Staff College.
Carlos Lopes has actively contributed to research on development issues. Specialized in development and strategic planning, he has authored or edited 22 books and taught at Universities and academic institutions in Lisbon, Coimbra, Zurich, Uppsala, Mexico, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He is affiliated with a number of academic networks, and has helped establish various non-governmental organizations and centers for social research, in particular in Africa. In August 2008, Carlos Lopes was elected to the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, Portugal.
Carlos Lopes currently serves as Member of Governing Boards or advisory and editorial committees of several institutions including United Nations University, Kofi Annan Foundation, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, Bonn International Center for Conversion, Swiss Network for International Studies, ISCTE Lisbon University Institute, Instituto Ethos, Ecôle Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, King Baudouin International Development Prize Selection Committee and journals such as Géopolitique Africaine, African Sociological Review, African Identities, Cooperation South Journal.
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