Since 2011, Manuel de Araújo has been the Mayor of Quelimane — the economic, political, and administrative capital of Mozambique’s Zambezia province and the country’s 5th largest city with about 350.000 to 400.000 inhabitants.
Mr. de Araújo’s extensive experience spans the fields of Civil Society, Academics, Business and Politics. He is deeply involved in local, national, regional and global advocacy urban and climate change issues. He is a member of ICLEI’s Global Executive Committee, acting as the organisation’s Global Co-Chair for Resilience.
Mr. Araújo pursued his studies in Mozambique (BA Hons), Zimbabwe (MPS), and the United Kingdom both at SOAS, the University of London where he earned his MSc in Development Studies and at the University of East Anglia where he pursued his Ph.D. in International Development.
He has lectured Economics, Development and International Relations at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels at the (1) Polytechnic University, (2) the Higher Institute for Sciences and Technology (ISCTEM), the Higher Institute for International Affairs (ISRI), The Pedagogic University and the Catholic University. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University. De Araujo was the founder and chairman of the Centre for Mozambican and International Studies (CEMO), Zambezia Development Foundation (FDZ), and the Mozambican Youth Voluntary Association (AJUDE).