Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa

Senior Advisor, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa is currently UNESCO Representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before his current appointment, he was the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Multisectoral Regulatory Agency of the Economy, Cape Verde. Prior to that, he served as the first ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Telecommunications & Information Technologies, from February 2014 to February 2018.

Dr. da Rosa concluded his postdoctoral training at Tallinn University, Estonia. He holds a PhD in Education and Human Development from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; a Master’s degree in Management Development from the Euro-Arab Management School, Granada, Spain; and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. da Rosa is a Cisco Academy instructor, by the University of Central England, United Kingdom and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

Prior to joining ECOWAS, he worked as a Software developer at the Center for the Study of Information Problems at the Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal; researcher and lecturer at Tallinn University, Estonia; professor at Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde for 13 years, where he also assumed several other responsibilities such as head of the Department of Science and Technology, Director of the Technological Division, and Director of the Digital Education Lab.