Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho is a prominent Angolan businessman and philanthropist, and Founder and Trustee of the PEI. Born and raised in Angola, Álvaro has been at the forefront of the rise of one of Africa’s most powerful economies and is now devoted to his mission to empower the continent through investment in science, technology and advanced academic training. Following the completion of the United Nations sponsored International Year of the Planet Earth in 2009, Álvaro was one of the key founding members of the PEI as a means to bring academia, governments and the private sector together to develop innovative, locally-led projects to train a new generation of African scientists.

Posts by Dr Alvaro Sobrinho:

A move toward ‘Corporate Scientific Responsibility’?: business and science in Africa

As Davos comes to a close, I think it’s a useful time to reflect once more on the role of the business community in driving Africa’s scientific and technological progress. This is a personal passion of mine, as I strongly believe there has been a damaging disconnect between the scientific and private sectors in past… Read More

STI, Africa and the PEI in 2015

2015 is set to be a hugely important year for the future of science, technology and innovation in Africa. It represents the culmination of months of consultation around the post-2015 development agenda and the formulation of sustainable development goals, which will set the international priorities for the coming decade and beyond. While 2014 again strengthened… Read More

Looking to 2014

Last year was a landmark year for us at the charity, making progress with our projects on the ground in Angola and Mozambique, and also – crucially – expanding our campaign for science, technology and innovation across Africa and around the world. And I’m delighted to be starting 2014 full of optimism and excitement about… Read More

My speech at UNGA: Alvaro Sobrinho

Today I spoke at the African Union Headquarters during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, to continue to make the case for investment in science during the Post 2015 process. “I am absolutely delighted to be here, and honoured to be in the company of such a distinguished panel. I must also pay… Read More

Angola as a regional science hub for Africa

My speech to the advanced scientific forum, Luanda, Angola Thank you Rt Hon Lord Boateng, it is an absolute pleasure to be here tonight.  This week the Planet Earth Institute has brought together international scientists, politicians and business leaders to discuss the future of Angola and the region – and this event is another very… Read More