Sofia Santos is an economist specialized in green, climate and sustainable finance with 23 years of professional experience. She currently works with several organizations as a consultant, namely: United Nations Green Climate Fund for Africa; Agricultural Credit; CEiiA; ISEG, among others. She is Chairman of the Board of the General Meeting of Águas de Portugal, and member of the Investment Committee of the Fund for Social Innovation. Academically, she coordinates the course for executives at ISEG / IDEFE in Sustainable Finance, and teaches on sustainability issues at ISEG and NOVA SBE.
She started her professional career at Merryl Lynch in London in 1997 at the Research Department. In 2000 she returned to Portugal, having worked in NGOs, news agencies, INE and CELPA. From 2004 to present time, she is dedicated, for the most part, to consulting projects in the area of sustainability.
Being her consultant career interrupted to work in specific places. Thus, from 2016 to 2018 she was Secretary-General of BCSD – Business Council for Sustainable Development. From November 2018 to September 2019 she was a specialist technician in the Office of the Minister for the Environment and Energy Transition for the topics of sustainable financing and green / climate finance, namely, having been coordinator of the Working Group on Sustainable Financing coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance.
With 6 published books on green and circular economy, sustainable management and sustainable finance, Sofia has a degree in Economics from ISEG, Portugal (1997); a master’s degree in economics from London University (1999); and PhD from Middlesex University, England (2012), on how banks can contribute to sustainable development.