Elsa de Morais Sarmento

Managing Partner and Lead Knowledge Management & Impact Assessment

Elsa Sarmento joined 4IP in 2018 as Managing Partner and Lead Knowledge Management & Impact Assessment. She specializes in Impact Investing projects in infrastructure industries, Public Private Partnerships, international trade and private sector development, and evaluation of projects and programs. She is also a research member at NOVAFRICA, Nova Business School of Management and Economics.

She worked in over 80 countries for several organisations, including the European Commission, World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), TRADECOM, UNDP, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), and several national development agencies. She has also acted as policy adviser for several governments. Furthermore, she served in numerous Director positions at the Research Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development, responsible for private sector development, international trade, investment strategies, FDI, internationalisation policies, evaluation and economic modelling.

She has evaluated PPPs, funds, projects, programs, policies and other development financial instruments in Africa, Latin America and Asia for different agencies, among which Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), Foundation of Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (CDI). She has consolidated experience as Team Leader in several projects and has a proven track record in the management and implementation of projects.

She has lectured for over a decade in economics, regional integration, environmental and natural resource economics, statistics and econometrics and has researched on private sector development, SMEs, entrepreneurship and development finance at several Universities in Portugal, Spain and the UK. She has also been a researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE, UK), European Parliament, and Centre of European Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University.

Among other representation posts, she acted as Portugal’s delegate at the UN Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, the Inno-Partenering Council of the European Commission, OECD Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), being Bureau Member of the OECD´s Working Party on Industry Analysis and Working Party on Globalisation of Industry, member of the Working Group of International Investment Statistics, Portuguese Social Economic Council, Portuguese High Statistics Council, and organising member of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2007.

She has a Bsc in Economics (Nova School of Business and Economics) and Masters in European Economics from the University of Leicester (UK) and Universidade do Minho (Portugal). She also holds a Diploma of Specialization in International Cooperation and Development (DECODE) from the Portuguese National Institute of Administration.