Mediators of Portugal
Alexandra M. Dias
Alexandra M. Dias is assistant professor at the Department of Political Studies and a researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations at the University of Lisbon (NOVA IPRI). She holds a PhD from the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis, entitled ‘’An inter-state war in the post-Cold War era: 1998-2000 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia’’, received an honourable mention in the second Selecting Committee of the Portuguese Political Science Association’s (APCP) Prize for Best PhD Thesis. Over the years, she has worked on several research projects, doing fieldwork in various Horn of Africa countries. Currently, she is conducting research on communities in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries and on prevention of radicalization across regional and international societies, with case studies in Europe and Africa. In June 2010 and November 2017, she has was a member of the International Electoral Observation Mission of Somaliland Presidential Elections.
Helena Gilda Barroco
Helena Barroco was admitted to the Portuguese Diplomatic Service in 1997 and is a Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Portugal, Mr. Jorge Sampaio, since 1999. From 2006 onwards, she serves mainly in the context of international activities (i.e., United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; Fight against Tuberculosis as part of the MDG’s Agenda; Dialogue Café Global Network; the Global Commission on Drugs Policy). Since 2013 she coordinates the programmes developed by the Global Platform for Syrian Students for the promotion of higher education in emergencies in a sustainable and systemic way. Helena Barroco has degrees in Philosophy, Linguistics and a PhD in Philosophy of Quantum Physics from UCL, Leuven Catholic University.