Ambassadors

The Digital Ambassadors Program (DAP) is designed to help spread the word about the Cabo Verdean startup ecosystem around the world. We do this with a little help from our friends - and by friends, we mean people from Cabo Verdean business, science, and arts communities, with international roles or currently working abroad and traveling the globe. Feel free to ask any of them about initiatives in Cabo Verde to support foreign entrepreneurs and investors.

Ricardo Lima

Head of Startups at Web Summit — Portugal

Ricardo Lima

Head of Startups at Web Summit — Portugal

I'm trilingual with an IT background and experience in sales & marketing. My main ambition is to have an active role in bringing useful technology in order to improve people’s lives from different standpoints. For that, I’m set to have different experiences in order to gain a skill set that will enable me to face and solve complex challenges, which is by far easier when you’re surrounded by great people.
Luci Fonseca

Investor at Base10 Partners — USA

Luci Fonseca

Investor at Base10 Partners — USA

Luci is a Principal and Director of Operations at Base10 Partners. She loves strategizing on how to move massive amounts of capital to underserved communities, and conspiring to get more women into investing.
John Vicente, PhD

Technology Executive — USA

John Vicente, PhD

Technology Executive — USA

I am a seasoned CTO and technology executive with an established reputation as an innovator and inspirational leader with market intelligence and business acumen. Always with an entrepreneurial mindset, I have a proven track record in setting corporate-level vision and winning strategies through leading-edge technologies. I have always maintained an ethical and empathetic leadership approach to talent development and diversity and a business-first mindset in defining the pace of introduction of new technologies.
Josslyn Medina

Singer/Songwriter — Portugal

Josslyn Medina

Singer/Songwriter — Portugal

Nadine Tavares

Software Engineer at IBM — Hungary

Nadine Tavares

Software Engineer at IBM — Hungary

The way of giving back is being part of the community.
Hélio Varela

CTIO at Unitel T+ — Cabo Verde

Hélio Varela

CTIO at Unitel T+ — Cabo Verde

With more than 30 years of experience in information technology and telecommunications, I had the opportunity to lead and implement large projects within public and private sectors. Thanks to the diversity of my technical activities, I have gained a great deal of experience in the entire Technological spectrum, particularly in the areas of Egov, Information Society and Telecommunications. Innovation, Leadership, Inspiration and getting things done are my main drivers.

Meet our previous ambassadors

Dino d' Santiago

Singer /Songwriter — Portugal

Élisabeth Moreno

Ministre de l’Égalité — France

Arlinda Peixoto

Businesswoman — Cabo Verde

Victor Barros

Businessman — USA