Georgina Benrós de Melo

Biographical note

Georgina Maria Augusta Benrós de Melo, from Cape Verde, received her Master degree in Heritage, Tourism and Development by the Department of Social and Human Sciences, University of Cape Verde (Mestre em Património, Turismo e Desenvolvimento, pelo Departamento de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, da Universidade de Cabo Verde), with the dissertation “Cape Verde Landscapes Virtual Museum – For an alternative tourism model (Museu Virtual de Paisagens de Cabo Verde – Por um modelo alternativo de turismo). She got her degree in Economics by the School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon (Licenciatura em Economia pelo Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa). She made postgraduate studies with CENFA – Centre for Studies and Training in Public Administration (Centro de Estudos e Aperfeiçoamento Administrativo), Praia, Cape Verde & FUNDAP – Foundation For Administrative Development (Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Administrativo), São Paulo, Brazil, as well as at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

She has worked as an economist both in Cape Verde, and in East Timor. In Cape Verde she held several positions in the private and public sectors, and in East Timor she headed the process of creation of the national investment and exports promotion agency, and was its first Executive Director. She also has experience with international organizations, as well as civil society organizations. She has worked with projects funded by several funds and agencies of the United Nations system in Cape Verde, as well as projects funded by the World Bank, both in Cape Verde and in East Timor.

She has published articles in specialized magazines and newspapers, both in Cape Verde and Portugal, and has several speeches published in books following presentations made at several conferences. She is the co-author, with Ana Cristina Lopes Semedo, of the “Exporters Guide to the European Union Market” (Guia do Exportador para o Mercado da União Europeia), edited in March 2001, at Praia, by the Capeverdean investment promotion agency. She is also the co-author, with Luís Alves and Pedro Barros, of the “Baseline Studies: Socio-Economic Indicators and Environmental Situation” (Estudos de Base: Indicadores Sócio-Económicos e Situação do Ambiente) which, together with the National Report – Synthesis (Relatório Nacional – Síntese) prepared by Cláudio Furtado, compose the “Human Development Report – Cape Verde 1998 – UNDP” (Relatório do Desenvolvimento Humano – Cabo Verde – 1998 – PNUD), for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

She was the Coordinator in Cape Verde of the National Implementation Unit of the Enhanced Integrated Framework / World Trade Organization, and had been studying the development of trade, investment, private sector, and value chains, when, following a public biding launched at all CPLP member States, she was appointed as CPLP Director-General. She moved then to Lisbon, where the CPLP headquarters are located, and took office as CPLP first female Director-General on February 3rd 2014.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Economics
  • Development
  • Museology
  • Sociomuseology
  • Public Policies for Museums

Individual doctoral project

Por uma Política de Museus em Cabo Verde
Judite Primo

The study aims to making a brief assessment of the status of Museology as practiced in the archipelago of Cape Verde, of the capeverdean laws related to culture and museums policy, as well as the relevant part of the environmental and land-use policies. Sharing Hugues de Varine-Bohan perspective on the Museum as a local development institution, the study also aims to assess the feasibility of the capeverdean museum to become part of the local governance institutions, which respect the population, as the heritage source and its heir. Finally, it proposes what could be the major lines for a national policy for museums, in the framework of Sociomuseology, to promote the structuring of a national network of museums able to deserve their communities, empowering them to face the development challenges.