Nationality: Cabo Verdean; Born in 1962
Mrs. Cristina Duarte has 30 years of professional experience, most of which is in leadership and senior management positions in both government and in the private sector. She has been serving Cabo Verde as the Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration since 2006. Prior to that, she was the Director of a reform program on private sector development and competitiveness. This experience was preceded by her service as Director for Planning and Studies in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In the private sector, she rose to become Vice President of Citibank, a world-class financial institution. Before then, she provided advice to several international financial organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations.
Over her distinguished career, she has developed strong leadership and strategic management skills, played an instrumental role in public policy making and in the private sector, and she has been involved in numerous international programs representing Cabo Verde or the private sector.
She has an international recognition and has worked well with a wide range of senior decision-makers both in governments and in businesses around the world. She has an abiding interest in public sector management and governance, development finance, strategic planning, private sector development and competitiveness, development policy and management, and institution building. She also has an excellent understanding of, and interest in, international and regional cooperation. In addition to Cabo Verde, she has lived in Angola, Kenya, Portugal and the United States. She is fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Caboverdean.