Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves de Sousa, was born in Luanda, and has a degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN). She has been Minister of Finance since 2019 and was reappointed following August, 2022 elections. She is the first woman to rise to the post of Minister of Finance in Angola. Prior to her appointment, she was Secretary of State for Finance and Treasury.
Minister Daves de Sousa has a Banking Techniques and Practices qualification from the Institute for Banking Training in Portugal, and a Derivatives and Bond Markets qualification from ICAP. She worked as Finance Technician at Sonangol ESSA, as Director of the Products and Research departments at Banco Privado Atlântico, as a lecturer in Financial Markets at the Executive MBA promoted by the Catholic Business School Alliance, and as a lecturer of Public Finance and Economic Integration at UCAN - Faculty of Economics. From 2014 to 2016 she was the Executive Director of the Capital Market Commission, and from September 2016 to October 2017, she was the Chairman of the Capital Market Commission in Angola.
Vera Daves de Sousa also played the role of economic commentator in various media. She was the co-author of a book on Public Finance.