POSITION: Private Investor and Philanthropist
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais is an entrepreneur and innovation influencer with a deep interest in African socio-economic development. In 2003, Mr. Bastos de Morais founded Quantum Global Group, an international group of companies focused on African development, particularly in the fields of corporate finance advisory, asset and private wealth management, real estate and investment consulting.
As the Group’s Chairman of the Advisory Board, he provides instrumental expertise on financial markets, especially across Africa and other emerging markets. More recently in 2014, he established Quantum Global Research Lab, which aims to provide bottom up econometric models for inclusive development in Africa.
In 2008, Mr. Bastos de Morais founded Banco Kwanza Invest, Angola’s first investment bank. As a Member of Board, he advises on the bank’s strategic direction.
At the core of his innovation-related work is the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), an organization he founded in 2009 to drive African-led development through fostering innovation. The AIF implements the annual Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which was launched in 2011 in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). In 2012, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) passed a resolution to promote an innovation-based society in Africa. Mr. Bastos de Morais is on the advisory board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. He is also a member of the international Board of Foundation for Globethics.net, a leading global network that advocates ethical corporate and social practices.
Beyond his work, Mr. Bastos de Morais also has vast interests that span across literature, music, art, science and community service. He is one of the co-Founders of the Club of Patrons of the Primavera Locarnese Festival and in 2013, introduced the Youtopia Festival with the aim of inspiring youth to reconnect with literature. He is also co-Founder of Rundum, which has brands such as Miro-China and China Drifting, comprising art, performance and pop culture aimed at introducing China’s most progressive artistes to international audiences.
In October 2011, he founded the Kitangana Tennis Project for orphans in Angola. He also supports epigenetics field research through the sponsorship of a research project at the Center of Neuroscience ZNZ, a joint competence center of the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH. He is a Board Member of the World.Minds Foundation and a member of the exclusive Club zum Rennweg and Entrepreneurs Roundtable.
He began his career as management consultant and holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.