Alexandre Caldas

Alexandre Caldas

Fellow Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Professor, Post-Doctorate in University of Oxford, Ph.D. Science and Technology Policy, M.Sc., Economist.

Alexandre was born in Nampula, Mozambique, 25th of September 1972. With Hindu origins from Goa and African born, with Portuguese, European nationality. He has two sons, Henrique, born in 2001 and Duarte, born in 2008.

He has more than 28 years’ experience in strategy and foresight, science and technology policy, digital technology and innovation. Since 2016, he is Director of the United Nations (UN), as Chief Country Outreach, Technology, Innovation and Big Data at UN Environment, leading teams in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, West Asia, Asia and Pacific. Since 2019, he is the Chair of the United Nations Geospatial Network coordinating 40 UN entities for geospatial information management. He represents UNEP in the UN High-Level Coordination of Programmes Strategic Foresight Network. Since November 2020 a member of the UN Data Governance Group, overseeing implementation of UN Data Strategy.

He has worked with the United Nations, European Union, African Union, NATO Peace and Security Program, a dozen of Governments worldwide including 6 years as Director General, Chief of eGovernment (2005-2011) nominated by the Portuguese Prime Minister, and director of innovation in the Portuguese Industrial Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AIP).

University Professor in Science and Technology Policy, economist with a M.Sc. in Information Science and PhD in Science Policy – Digital and Knowledge Technology (2004), he was professor and researcher in two of the top five world universities in political science and international relations, faculty research fellow and associate for more than 15 years at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and one of world´s best centers for Science Policy, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, ranking world’s first in development studies.

He was President of the Governing Board of the Polytechnic of Santarem (2009-2013), since 2012 member of the Scientific Council of Research Centre for History and Science, Professor Joaquim Verissimo Serrao – CIJVS (Portugal). Since 2020, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He worked and traveled across more than 70 countries worldwide and his recent books were published in 2015, ‘Science and Time’ (Scholar’s), 2017, ‘Every day is a Little Life’ (Sinopis), and upcoming, ‘Science and Space’ (CIJVS) and ‘The other side of the World’ (Sinopis).

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