MSc Operational Research, 2002; MBA International Business, 2013
Board Member, POLLARO S.A.
I am a Founder and currently a Board Member of a new company with the objective to process precious stones in Angola. I am involved from its conception that included legal matters, project development and financial evaluation. Currently I am part of the project management team. We are responsible to source, contract and supervise plant construction, equipment sourcing, installation and start-up, always considering shareholders approved budget.
What’s the best thing about what you are doing now?
First of all is the opportunity to be engaged on a new project. Then is the opportunity to learn about a different sector practices and new people.
What made you interested in your current role?
It seems to be a promising investment.
How has your career developed since graduating?
I could get great skills to work in different sectors and environments, and the ability to team up with other great professionals and investors.
What skills you learned from time at university would you say you use most in your job?
To deal to adverse situations, and different people, different cultures, and to adapt.
What motivates you?
Opportunity to contribute to the development of my community, in a sustainable way.
Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?
I could get a great impression from its history, and existing conditions by the time.
How did your time at university help you start your career?
I could learn social skills that I develop those I learned from my undergraduate degree. Learn and respect other cultures. The school was well equipped, which helped to develop our studies.
Did you take advantage of any of support services offered by the University?
There were several services on campus, such as welcoming services and support services, which allowed students to integrate into Bham local community. Plus its great library that offers also a magnificent digital services. There were also loads of information on extra activities around such art, cultural, scientific events and so on.
What advice would you give to current students?
Besides studying enjoy your time on these beautiful gardens, environment and socialise.