Full Name
Job Title
Under Secretary General and Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary General
United Nations
Speaker Bio
"Ms. Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde officially began her role as Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres in July 2020. Her career spans 35 years of leadership and strategic management in public policy making and in the private sector. She has a deep understanding of international and regional cooperation and the complexities of and opportunities for African countries.
Ms. Duarte is a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, President Paul Kagame’s Advisory Committee on African Union Reforms, the Board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development at the UONGOZI Institute. She holds multiple degrees from the USA and Portugal in international management, business administration and public policy.
Proficient in multiple languages and with her depth of experience, Ms. Duarte has been an adviser to many international financial and non-governmental organizations. She also served her country as Minister for Finance, Planning and Public Administration for 10 years and other senior positions."