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2013 FACE List Honorees

Dr. Carlos Lopes


Dr. Carlos Lopes is a visionary and exemplary leader who has played an integral role in development and progress over the last decade. He was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the eighth Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), at the level of UN Under Secretary-General, in September 2012.

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Dr. Lopes previously served as 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 from March 2007 to August 2012. Dr. He was appointed UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General during the period 2005 to 2007.

A native of Guinea-Bissau, Dr. 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.

Under his leadership, the ECA has made notable contributions towards the economic stability of Africa and continues to actively address many of the continent’s development challenges.