About us

CEDESA is an international entity dedicated to the analysis and research of political and economic issues in southern Africa, especially in Angola, which was created by several academics based at the ARN (Angola Research Network) (https://www.angolaresearchnetwork.org/).

Its main objective is to provide the policy makers, the business community, academics and students, as well as,  the interested population, with rigorous analyses of economic perspectives in Angola and to carry out consistent suggestions of policies to be followed.

It counts with a dynamic and vast group of academics and researchers following a multidisciplinary approach. This team guarantees a competent and impartial work.

The texts follow British tradition, so they are not signed, as they result from collective work. What is important are the ideas and not the people who write them. This avoids fulanisation and biased discussion.

Its headquarters are in Lisbon, but it operates on a global network, and will soon open three delegations. One in the United Kingdom, another in Angola and a third in Asia.

CEDESA is a partner of the United Nations University (https://www.wider.unu.edu/) and of the International Security  and Development Center, Berlin (https://isdc.org/).


CEDESA is chaired by a director, Filipe Delfim Santos, PhD in History and Educational Sciences (Spain and New Zealand) and coordinator of the Angola Research Network. Miguel Almeida Dias, Master in Political Economy (England), is the Secretary General  and  responsible for the Center’s communication. Its team is variable and results from the collaborative work from some members of the ARN, in which is affiliated.


Filipe Delfim Santos

Filipe Delfim Santos

General Director of CEDESA

PhD in History, Education and Portuguese Studies. Cultural Advisor of Instituto Camões. Pioneer in Portugal in the creation of postgraduate courses in Angolan Studies, Post Imperial Studies and a Master’s Degree in Colonial and Post -Colonial Studies, Lisbon 2003. Organized the First International Congress of Angolanistics, Lisbon 2019.

Rui Santos Verde

Rui Santos Verde

Overall Research Director of CEDESA and Director of Corruption Studies Department.

Doctor of Law and Doctor (H.C.) in Human Sciences. Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s African Studies Centre; Non-resident Researcher at the University of Johannesburg; Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Indian Management Research. Legal Analyst at MakaAngola.

Eliseu Gonçalves

Eliseu Gonçalves

Research Director of the CEDESA´s Law Department

Master in Law. Attorney.

He served as Legal Consultant for the National Commission for the Fight Against Poverty of the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic of Angola, Director of the Legal Office of the Ministry of Industry of Angola and Legal Consultant for the ReMA-Rede de Mediatecas de Angola.
Partner at TaskLegal Advogados. Finance and Public Policy Researcher. Teacher in legal practice courses in Portugal, in corporate, commercial, labour, and tax law.

Miguel Almeida Dias

Miguel Almeida Dias

General Secretary of CEDESA

MA in International Political Economy at Newcastle University, UK. Former vice rector of a private university in Angola. University professor in Portugal, Angola and Brazil having taught several subjects in the field of International Relations, such as Political Science, International Politics, Theory of International Relations or International Relations in Contemporary Europe.

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