Opening Keynote Address

Trade, Investment and Value Chain Development in the Portuguese Speaking World

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
12:30 PM
Social Sciences 1019
402 Bartow Ave.
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Open to the Public

Georgina Benrós de MelloGeorgina Maria Augusta Benrós de Mello, Director General of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, was born in Cape Verde, and received her Master’s degree in Heritage, Tourism and Development from the Department of Social and Human Sciences, University of Cabo Verde. She also completed post-graduate studies with the Centre for Studies and Training in Public Administration (CENFA, Cape Verde) & Foundation For Administrative Development (FUNDAP, Brazil), and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). She has worked as an economist in both the public and private sectors in Cape Verde and East Timor. In East Timor, she was the nation’s founding Executive Director for the Investment and Exports Promotion Agency. Her experience with international organizations and civil society organizations includes working with high-profile projects supported by the United Nations and the World Bank. She has published several articles in specialized magazines and newspapers, both in Cape Verde and Portugal. She is co-author with Ana Cristina Lopes Semedo, the "Exporter's Guide to the European Union Market", published in March 2001 in Praia by the Cape Verdean Investment Promotions Agency. Before being chosen as the Director General, she worked as the Coordinator of the National Unit on the Implementation of the Enhanced Integrated Framework of the World Trade Organization in Cape Verde and continues to be keenly interested in the development of trade, investment, the private sector, and the connection to global value chains.