Paulo Gomes is a global business leader, active environmentalist and a key political actor in Guinea Bissau.
His constant search for how to reposition the country and help it become stable and prosperous is what led him to initiate the Bissau Economic Forum now in its second edition. The forum is a bi-annual discussion and investment forum on cooperation and the economic transformation of the country with all stakeholders from civil society, private sector and the government in order to attract foreign investment as well as create employment.
In addition to the acute knowledge of the politics and policies of Africa that he developed through his political engagement, support to several governments and as an Executive Director of the World Bank.
Paulo Gomes has founded Paulo Gomes and Partners a strategic advisory and investment firm focused on a high level limited set and sectors of clients with advice and tailored made solutions. Paulo Gomes has a strong network of alliances with private equity and sovereign funds as well as family offices. Paulo Gomes and Partners is the natural outcome of years advising governments and businesses on strategic investments as well as years on serving on boards of firms such as AFIG, Asky Airlines and Ecobank. A founder of the South East Asia-Africa Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Advisory Board his business reach touched all continents and interests, Paulo is also a senior advisor to PIL Group.
Yet for Paulo, business cannot be at the expense of human development and the environment. Through his engagement with several organizations, including the Green Climate Fund, as a member of the Bio Guiné Foundation, and as a contributor to the African Green Revolution Forum, he has demonstrated global leadership on environmental protection. In Guinea Bissau, he is joining rhetoric to practice by creating an experimental center that brings together island communities, national and foreign researchers around training and creating green jobs in the protected Bijagós islands.