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About THOP

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  Bridging the gap  

We have become the most trusted and successful strategic partner in Southern Africa to bridge and develop businesses between Nordic and African ecosystems, clusters, companies, investors from private and public sectors.  Our main markets are Angola, Finland, Portugal and South Africa. 

Because we are two folded, we work over Inbound (from Northern hemisphere to Southern Africa) and Outbound (from Southern Africa to Northern Hemisphere)

Either you are looking to sell, grow, develop technology and innovation, look for a strategic or investment partner, branding, event or R&D, we have you, and we have our network and almost 30 years experience to give thanks for.

Ease of doing business we start by meeting with you and understanding clearly your goals and from there we propose a tailor made approach.

 

Because there are many Africa's in Africa, there is only one company like yours! Your business!

   37 Years of successful business implementations  

Inês (CEO of The House of Portugal) has worked across the continent of Africa over 12 years leading the market expansion of several North American and European companies. She formed impeccable contacts and high level networks that are invaluable in accelerating and closing opportunities from Johannesburg to Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Windhoek to Maputo.

 

Prior to that she had 10 years of ICT and Business Development experience, successfully conducting some of the major infrastructure in water, energy, mining and transport projects in South Africa and Angola.

Inês, a Political Science and International Relations graduate - B.A (Law) - has advised and sat on various Diplomatic and Political Forums, in her capacity as Trade Commissioner Assistant or as Commercial Counselor and Political Adviser.

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These include European Union Delegation, DFATD and Danish Trade Council GIT for Energy, Water and Environment, a member on Business Finland Energy Core Team, Mining Finland, Circular Economy and Health and Wellness Programs.

 

Her work was to folded in promoting exports to the twelve accredited countries in Southern Africa as well as to advise FDI's, R&D's and development of Innovation, Technology and attracting Investment to Finland during her tenure at Business Finland.

 

She is a subject matter expert in business structuring and match opportunities across the continent of Africa having lived in Luanda, Lisbon and Johannesburg. 

Inês is a language lover, being fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English and able to comprehend Italian and Finnish.

Iconic Business Development Projects

  • Private Acquisition of mobile operator in Portugal by OPTIMUS

  • Project development of UNITEL , Angola

  • SAFE - South African Stock Exchange

  • Matala Dam, Angola

  • Airspace and Navigation systems, Angola

  • Bombardier and Bombela Concession, Gautrain, South Africa

  • Canada - Angola Business Mission

  • Oil Spillage Control for Ministry of Environment, Angola

  • Flood Management Control of Kwanza River with TWB, Angola

  • Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm, South Africa

  • Denmak Economic Forum, Angola

  • Energy - Water - Food Nexus Bilaterals, South Africa

  • National Patient Registration and Disease Burden Control, South Africa

  • Development of South African Patent on Membranless Hydrogen to Hydrogen Roadmap of Finland

During COVID 19 peak, The House of Portugal was able to secure the position of becoming the trusted company spotter to Southern Africa for Finnpartnership Matchmaking. A service managed by Finnfund, the funding agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The House of Portugal is a committed and highly involved  executive Board member of NSBA - Nordic Southern Africa Business Alliance in South Africa, where Inês, leads the marketing and export promotion activities.

The House of Portugal is a member of SATI - South African Translators Institute, and Inês is a Sworn Translator for Portuguese - English language pair by the South Gauteng High Court  and a Commissioner of Oaths.

We offer an 8-week intensive course as well that is a thorough, immersive course and a way to learn Portuguese fast. Classes are fast-paced and results are big. Students will learn alongside peers with similar language abilities. All aspects of language skills, such as reading, speaking, writing, and listening, are focused on in class.

In our lessons, English is kept to a minimum, particularly in the more advanced levels, to help you become accustomed to Portuguese

Our Mission

To focus on communication skills as well as getting you acquainted with the Portuguese culture, with particular emphasis on developing your speaking skills. We will introduce you gradually to the new language and ensure that your speaking and reading skills develop through practice and reinforcement. We include grammar in our course as an understanding of grammar is important to help you understand the structures of the language.

More importantly, we include culture in our course. The why's, the Do's and the Dont's, and all the unspoken rules of the Portuguese Language and cultural mindset.

 

The 8-week intensive course is a thorough and immersive course and a way to learn Portuguese fast. Classes are fast-paced and results are big. Students will learn alongside peers with similar language abilities. As with our other courses, all aspects of language skills, such as reading, speaking, writing, and listening, are focused on in class.

In our lessons, English is kept to a minimum, particularly in the more advanced levels, to help you become accustomed to Portuguese. Are you in?

What people say about us

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Rian Potgieter - Bolívar,
F&B Director

"In just 6 months, Inês took me from not knowing a single word of Portuguese to being able to read & write comprehensively as well as have simple verbal dialogues! Her teaching style is phenomenal!'

Our Partners

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