President of Instituto Pedro Pires and former President of Cabo Verde
Pedro Pires was the president of Cabo Verde from 2001 to 2011. He studied at the faculty of sciences at the University of Lisbon and received further training in Cuba, the Soviet Union and Guinea-Bissau. He returned to Praia, Cabo Verde in 1974, becoming the first Prime Minister of the newly independent country in 1975. After the ruling party lost the elections in 1991 he became president of the PAICV party and prepared a successful presidential candidacy which he won in the 2001 elections.
Overall, he played a major role in making Cabo Verde a model of democracy; stability and increased prosperity on the African continent. For his career, he received the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.