Dr. Fernando Dos Santos

Director General,
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

Mr Dos Santos is one of the most vocal IP experts in the African continent. His experience ranges from administration of IP at the government level, lecturing and research in different universities in Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He led the process of establishment of the Industrial Property Office in Mozambique in 2004 and was subsequently elected Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization – ARIPO that he is leading since 2013.

Mr Dos Santos is a regular speaker on IP matters in Africa and Worldwide. He was voted in 2015 and 2018 as one of the world ‘50 most influential people in IP’ by the Magazine ‘Managing Intellectual Property’.