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:

Africa, STI and the PEI in 2016

2016 will be an important year for science, technology and innovation in Africa. It will see the continent begin to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed on at last year’s UNGA, and honour the commitments set forth in the Paris Agreement. While 2015 saw Africa build on its growing status as a centre for… Read More

My top 10 for 2015

My top 10 for 2015 From our #ScienceAfrica UnConference to our launch in Mauritius, 2015 has been a momentous year for all of us at the Planet Earth Institute. Below are my top 10 highlights of the past year! 1) The PEI officially launches in Mauritius On November 23, the PEI celebrated its launch in… Read More

My speech at the PEI’s launch, Mauritius

I was absolutely delighted to welcome over 160 people from business, academia, higher education, and the broader civil society to our public launch in Mauritius. Below is my speech from the day. “Honourable Minister(s) and our special guests, it is a pleasure to be here. I thank those of you, such as the African Academy… Read More

Mauritius as Africa’s science and technology hub

Mauritius is consistently recognised as a competitive place to do business, most recently ranking 1st among Sub-Saharan economies in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. This is attributed to its strong infrastructure, efficient goods market and dynamic, young workforce. Yet, while the country has an enviable international position, the World Bank has noted that… Read More

South Korea: a true development success story

It was my great pleasure to be invited to South Korea by the World Bank and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) for a two-day workshop. Part of a partnership between eight African governments and the Republic of Korea, the event allowed attendees to share ideas for Korea-Africa cooperation, and to learn from Korea’s astonishing development… Read More

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