Country Director, SIPA
Carlos Figueiredo joined the African Innovation Foundation in September 2014 as Country Director of the Social Impact Program for Angola, SIPA which focuses on innovative ways to respond to Angola’s social and development challenges. He is responsible for facilitating links between donors and those requiring program support to foster growth and equity in Angola. Carlos is an Angolan agronomist and rural development planner with extensive experience on development projects since the early 1990s. He has worked with Angolan and international NGOs such as Development Workshop and SNV, as well as UN agencies such as UNDP. Carlos served as a volunteer in different Angolan and southern African organizations, and is a member of the Socio-Political Observatory of Angola (OPSA). He has been a member of various boards, mainly Action for Rural Development and Environment (ADRA) and the Center for Development and Partnership (CDPA). He was also an active board member of Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Southern Africa Council of ICCO, a Dutch inter-church organization for development cooperation. Carlos graduated in Agronomy and his areas of expertise include rural development, social housing and water and sanitation hygiene. His key interests include participative development and engaging use of appropriate technology.