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Dr Helder da Costa

Senior Advisor, National Directorate for Aid Effectiveness, Timor Leste
Helder da Costa Dr. Helder da Costa is currently a senior advisor to the Government of Timor-Leste’s National Directorate for Aid Effectiveness within the Ministry of Finance. In April, Dr Da Costa and his team at the Ministry of Finance organised the Dili International Dialogue on Peace building and State building attended by some 45 countries including both developed and fragile states. Dr Da Costa earned his PhD in Trade Policy at the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 2001. He has over 15 years of management experience and 12 years of work in the academic and development fields. Dr Da Costa’s professional career includes 6 years of senior posts with both the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) based in Wellington, New Zealand as a Tertiary Education Manager and the Asia Programme Manager overseeing 5 countries in Asia (Bhutan, Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Timor-Leste). He has also consulted for various international development agencies over the past 10 years including UNDP, UN, ADB, World Bank, AusAID and ACIAR Australia.