Executive Management Team
Executive Director / CEO


Mr. José Poças Esteves is ARC Ratings’ CEO and President of SaeR ‑ Sociedade de Avaliação Estratégica e Risco, Lda.. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, and is member of the Portuguese Statutory Auditors College and of the Portuguese College of Economists. Mr. Poças Esteves spent more than 25 years as an auditor and consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is President and CEO of Companhia Portuguesa de Rating, S.A. (now ARC Ratings, S.A.), since 2004. 

Managing Director / COO


Mrs. Alexandra Mousavizadeh is Managing Director / COO of ARC Ratings. Prior to joining ARC, she worked for Moody's in their Sovereign Risk Unit based in London covering their Africa sovereign ratings portfolio. Previously, she headed the Country Risk Management team for EMEA at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Moody's in their New York based Sovereign Risk Unit covering Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe and the Middle East. Other prior roles include visiting research scholar for CSIS (Centre for Strategic and International Studies) in Washington DC and at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

She holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. She is also a council member at the Royal Africa Society and a member of the Advisory Board at the Royal Danish Embassy in London.

Chief Ratings Officer

Mr. Uwe Bott is ARC Ratings’ Chief Ratings Officer. He holds a Degree in Law as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Mr. Bott has more than twenty years of experience in risk analysis, designing and implementing risk management solutions, regulatory affairs as well as in undertaking due diligence assessments of sovereigns and financial institutions.
Head of Commercial

Mr. Vítor Figueiredo is the Head of Commercial at ARC Ratings. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with specialization in Finance, from Nova School of Business and Economics, in Lisbon, and a Master´s Degree in Marketing from ISG Business & Economics School, also in Lisbon. He has seventeen years of experience in consulting, financial and rating analysis. 


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