Staff and students from Eccles Global at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah are collaborating with Cabo Verde government officials to connect Cabo Verdeans around the world and foster economic development in Cabo Verde.

Eccles Global Associate Director Cesar Sanchez along with Eccles School students Peyton Williams and Amanda Edwards are working with Cabo Verde’s Secretary of State for Innovation & Technical Training Pedro Lopes in a project that is aimed at leveraging the skills of the diaspora.

Cabo Verde is a group of islands off the coast of West Africa. It is a country set apart by its dynamic culture of Portuguese and African influence, as well as its valuable location with easy access to the Americas, Europe and Africa. Only 50 years old, Cabo Verde has set itself apart in recent years by its fast-growing economy and skilled workforce. However, with double the amount of Cabo Verdeans living abroad as in Cabo Verde, Lopes sees this collaboration as an opportunity to increase the rate of economic growth in the country.

The group envisions a platform created by, but not run by, the Cabo Verde government that connects Cabo Verdeans worldwide through knowledge sharing, mentoring and investment. Sanchez, with the help of Williams and Edwards, brings his entrepreneurship expertise along with past experience in global affairs to help inform the project.

Williams and Edwards were connected with this opportunity through the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics as part of its local internship program. The Hinckley Institute is a nonpartisan political institution dedicated to educating the public on political issues and providing opportunities for students.

About Eccles Global
Eccles Global Learning Abroad (EGLA) is the learning abroad program for the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Eccles Global is committed to creating a safe, affordable learning abroad program to engage students in worldwide business education that instills the skill set students need to compete internationally.

About the David Eccles School of Business
The University of Utah’s Eccles School is synonymous with ‘doing,’ providing a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, it offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, nine other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven areas and executive education curricula. The Eccles School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an environment of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit or call 801-581-7676.

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