Manuel de Araújo

Mayor, Quelimane City, Zambezia Province, Mozambique

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 fifth largest city with close 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 of urban and climate change issues. At regional and global levels, Mr. de Araújo plays key roles within institutions such as UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability). With ICLEI, he champions their regional efforts as the African branch’s Vice President. He is also a member of ICLEI’s Global Executive Committee, acting as the organization’s Global Co-Chair for Resilience.

Mr. de Araújo pursued his studies in Mozambique (BA Hons), Zimbabwe (MPS) and the United Kingdom both at SOAS, University of London where he earned his MSc in Development Studies and at the University of East Anglia where he pursued his PhD in International Development. While working as a campaigner and campaign coordinator at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London, Mr. de Araújo covered both Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking African countries and all 15 Southern African countries on policing and human rights.

Mr. de Araújo was a Member of Parliament (MP) and Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Portfolio Committee in the Mozambican Parliament from 2004 to 2009. He was elected Lusophone Personality of the Year 2018 by the International Lusophone Movement, and in 2019 was elected Deputy Chair of the National Council of the Mozambican Mayors Association (ANAMM). 

He has lectured on economics, development and international relations at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels at the Polytechnic University, 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. Mr. de Araújo 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).