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Paulo Gomes

Chairman of Advisory Board


Other appointments include:

  • Chairman, Orango Investment Corporation

  • Co-founder, New African Capital Partners

  • Chairman, Paulo Gomes & Partners

  • Former Senior Advisor, PIL Group

  • Former Executive Director in charge of 24 countries, World Bank Group

  • Board Membership: Global Climate Fund, BioGuinea Foundation, Ecobank, ASKY Airlines, Homestrings and AFIG Private Equity Fund

  • Executive Director, Seaflow Capital Pte Ltd (Singapore)


  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Institut Libre d’Etude des Relations internationales (ILERI)

  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Chairman of Orango Investment Corporation, an advisory and investment platform serving to advance Africa's investment agenda, Paulo Gomes is also Chairman of the Advisory board of the Africa Southeast Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC). Paulo has been appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the NTU – SBF Centre for African Studies as well.

Paulo Gomes has over 25 years of experience both in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Paulo served as Principal Advisor at Guinea-Bissau's Ministry of Finance. Notably, in his capacity as a board member of the World Bank Group in charge of all African countries, he has advised and worked with several heads of states and governments on key projects throughout the continent. Besides the World Bank Group, Paulo has also served at very senior levels in other multilateral development institutions, such as the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD). He also serves on the board of the Covid-19 Response Fund set up by the African Union (AU) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).


On the climate front, Paulo is a founding member of the Green Climate Finance Fund, the world's largest dedicated fund to help developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change, set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Paulo also serves on the board of the BioGuinea Foundation, which provides financial resources and mobilises partnerships for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and environmental education in Guinea-Bissau.


Within the private sector, he served on the boards of major firms such as Ecobank Transnational Inc., ASKY Airlines, Homestrings and AFIG private equity fund. Paulo Gomes also served as Senior Advisor to PIL and an advisor to major CEOs and corporate boards.

Paulo Gomes has a BA in Economics and International Trade from Sciences Po and Institut d’études libres des relations internationales (ILERI). He has a MPA/Master’s degree with Honours in Economic Policy and Management, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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