Professor Carlos Lopes

Associate Fellow, Africa Programme

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Carlos Lopes is professor in the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris and associate fellow in the Africa Programme and Chatham House.

He has occupied several leadership positions across the UN system, including policy director for Secretary-General Kofi Annan and executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

He has authored or edited more than 20 books and feature articles in Project Syndicate, CNN, Le Monde, Financial Times, China Daily, The Guardian, New African and Jeune Afrique.

He is a member of the African Union reform team led by President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and doubles as the organisation High Representative for Partnerships with Europe as well as a member of the Global Commission for Economy and Climate, African Academy of Sciences and Lisbon Academy of Sciences and the Boards of the African Leadership Institute and Geneva Graduate Institute.

Past experience

2016 - present Professor, University of Cape Town
2012-16 Under secretary general, United Nations (Ex. Sec. UNECA)
2007-12 Assistant secretary general, United Nations (Ex. Director, UNITAR & UN System Staff College)