Georgina Benrós de Melo

Biographical note

Georgina Maria Augusta Benrós de Melo, from Cabo Verde, received her Master’s degree in Heritage, Tourism and Development by the Department of Social and Human Sciences, University of Cabo Verde (Mestre em Património, Turismo e Desenvolvimento, pelo Departamento de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, da Universidade de Cabo Verde), with the thesis “Cabo 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, Technical University of Lisbon (Licenciatura em Economia pelo Instituto Superior de Economia, da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa). She made postgraduate studies with CENFA – Centre for Studies and Training in Public Administration, of Praia, Cabo Verde (Centro de Estudos e Aperfeiçoamento Administrativo) / FUNDAP – Foundation For Administrative Development (Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Administrativo), of 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 in Cabo Verde, in Timor-Leste and, in Portugal. In Cabo Verde she held several positions in the public and private sectors. In Timor-Leste she headed the process of creation of the national agency in charge of investment and exports promotion, named TradeInvest Timor-Leste, becoming its first Executive Director. In Portugal she headed the Executive Secretariat of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), with headquarters in Lisbon, becoming its first female Director-General. She held the position for 2 full terms, from February 2014 through February 2020. She also has experience with other international organizations and, civil society organizations, having worked with projects funded by several funds and agencies of the United Nations system in Cabo Verde, as well as projects funded by The World Bank Group, both in Cabo Verde and in Timor-Leste.

She has published articles in magazines and newspapers, in Cabo Verde and in Portugal. She also has communications (following presentations made at conferences), articles and/or testimonials published in books and eBooks.

She is the co-author, with Semedo, A., of the “Exporter’s Guide to the European Union Market” (Guia do Exportador para o Mercado da União Europeia), published in 2001, by PROMEX and the Cluster Project. She is also the co-author, with Waas-Bidaux, E. et al., of the “Santa Catarina Socio Economic Situation Assessment” (Santa Catarina – Diagnóstico da Situação Sócio-Económica), published in 2000, by URBAPLAN SEREC and the Austrian Cooperation for Development. She also is the co-author, with Alves, L., and Barros, P., 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 – Summary” (Relatório Nacional – Síntese), prepared by Furtado, C., gave body to the “Human Development Report – Cape Verde – 1998 – UNDP” published in 1999, by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/HDR (Relatório do Desenvolvimento Humano – Cabo Verde – 1998 – do PNUD).

Areas of academic and scientific interest

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

PhD project

No Caminho do Desenvolvimento, o Património de Cabo Verde: uma Proposta de Política de Museus
Judite Santos Primo, PhD

The study is based on the survey of the status of heritage and museums in the Cape Verde archipelago, to propose the lines of force of a national museums policy, in the framework of Sociomuseology, able to contribute to the structuring of museums capable of serving their communities, empowering them to meet the challenges of development.