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Carlos Quembo was born in Beira-Mozambique in 1979, four years after the independence of Mozambique. After completing his high school in 1998 he started his undergraduate at the Eduardo Mondlane University, the main public university, where he studied history. From that moment on he became interested in political and economic history. This interest would lead him to pursue his masters in political science at Sciences Po, Bordeaux, France, from 2008.
After completing his masters in 2010, he returned to his lecturing career, which he started in 2004, as an assistant lecturer in the political economy of southern Africa and nationalism in southern Africa. From his early professional career Carlos Quembo has been motivated towards a professional path in teaching and researching. He therefore continued teaching and researching at the history and political science department and maintained contacts with senior lecturers and researchers from different institutions, such as Witwatersrand University, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, and Sciences Po, where he worked with Michel Cahen. From these contacts, he successfully applied to study international development at the University of Oxford, starting in 2014.
His academic and professional interest is to question the decision-making process by emphasizing the role of discourse in policy-making on poverty and political conflict. Carlos Quembo plans to continue lecturing and research, as well as policy advice, on poverty-reduction strategies and political conflict resolution.