Elsa S.


SecondaryPortuguese INstitute of Administration



  • Portuguese (born in Angola) applied economist and professional evaluator with 20 years professional experience in applied research, analytical work, monitoring and evaluation and impact evaluation. Worked for:
    • international institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations (UNDP, WIPO), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), European Commission, European Parliament, OECD and the IMF),
    • governments (in more direct contact with those from Portugal, UK, Angola, RD Congo, Brasil)
    • and academia (London School of Economics, University of York (UK), Universidad Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Nova Business School of Management and Economics, Universidade Católica, Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal)).
  • Expertise in the education sector as lecturer, with administrative positions at the University and in providing capacity building on Monitoring and Evaluation, and statistics in European, African and Caribbean countries.
  • Expertise in policy and advocacy.
  • Experienced with high-level interactions and policy dialogue and advocacy with governments and multi and bilateral institutions, as well as experience with beneficiary consultations. Solid experience in the provision of advice at the ministerial and parliamentary level. Over 6 years of managing experience in various Director Positions at the Research Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Economy and Development. Acted as policy adviser for the Microdyn European Project (European Commission), among others.
  • Wide-ranging strategic and policy-level advisory experience, with strong analytical and conceptual skills and proven ability in the development and direction of organisations, programmes and processes involving a diverse and complex range of partners and stakeholders including government, multilateral and bilateral agencies.
  • Developing country experience: Lived and worked for over 5 years in Angola, St Lucia, and Tunisia. Experience working in fragile state and conflict-affected environments (e.g. RD Congo, Togo, Angola), with political economy and the planning and evaluation of international assistance.
  • Broad international experience. Worked in over 50 countries, 40 of which with direct field experience. Africa: Angola, Morocco, Tunisia, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania; South Africa. Europe: Portugal, Spain, UK, Ireland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Check Republic, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark. America and Caribbean: USA, Brazil, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Virgin British Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat; Asia: China.
  • Worked as monitoring and evaluation specialist and evaluator for UNDP, WB, AfDB, OECS, WIPO and Portuguese Ministry of Economy. Involved in SME, Private Equity and PPP evaluations, throughout Africa, as well as in the Comprehensive Evaluation of the activities of the African Development Bank during the last decade.
  • Led impact assessments of programs of namely in the energy and water sector (partly donor-funded program) for the AfDB and Portuguese Ministry of Economy.
  • Worked with economic modelling at the Portuguese Ministry of Economy, where I had four Director Positions, and also developed econometric estimation models for GDP and industrial product in Angola. Worked in Angola for the UNDP in the Decentralization Program.
  • Strong academic background and extensive empirical experience with a diverse range of skills in programme and project evaluation and data collection methods. Proven experience in applying these skills across various domains to the design and implementation of quantitative surveys (household studies, baseline studies) and qualitative data collection in a wide range of sectors. Various academic and practitioner publications and databases combining micro-data analysis (enterprise dynamics, finance indicators, trade, innovation) with policy analysis.
  • Substantive experience in developing methodologies, case studies and surveys and implementing country studies and evaluations. Experience with various econometric techniques used in impact evaluation (RCTs, etc), sampling, data analysis, management of databases, cost-benefit analysis.
  • Proven ability to lead complex analysis and evaluation assignments in politically sensitive environments. Ground-breaking with international good-practice methodology and collaborative with stakeholder at all levels, from beneficiaries to senior Government and international officials.
  • Experienced level of organizational skills and leadership experience in managing multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in complex settings. Led departments with over 30 staff (including researchers) and mobilised and managed consultants living in various countries.
  • Native Portuguese speaker. Hold a certificate of the Spanish language from the Cervantes Institute. Proficiency Certificate of English by the University of Cambridge. Lectured both in English and Spanish in various countries, namely in the UK and Spain.
  • Excellent writing skills both for academic and practitioners journals along with the drafting of reports and proposals.
  • Strong analytical skills and independent strategic thinking to observe and challenge current paradigms.
  • Multi-tasker, independent and self-motivated person by nature, used to working under time and resource constraints to deliver to the highest standards.

l cpacity building and training experience.


  • economic policy
  • research & development
  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • public administration
  • world bank group
  • ec
  • angola
  • portugal
  • spain
  • sweden
  • grenada
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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