Carlos Vila Nova
|5th President of São Tomé and Príncipe|
|Assumed office |
14 September 2021
|Prime Minister||Jorge Bom Jesus|
|Preceded by||Evaristo Carvalho|
|Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment|
25 November 2014 – 3 December 2018
|Preceded by||Fernando da Silva Maquengo de Freitas|
|Succeeded by||Osvaldo Abreu|
|Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources|
15 August 2010 – 12 December 2012
|President||Fradique de Menezes|
Manuel Pinto da Costa
|Born||27 July 1959|
Neves, São Tomé and Príncipe
Carlos Manuel Vila Nova (born 27 July 1959) is a São Toméan politician. He served as Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources (2010–2012) and Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment (2014–2018) in successive governments of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada.
He was the Independent Democratic Action candidate for the 2021 presidential election. On 6 September, he was declared president-elect of São Tomé and Príncipe, receiving 58% of the vote and defeating Guilherme Posser da Costa of the MLSTP/PSD. On 14 September he was declared president by the Tribunal constitutional court.
Vila Nova was born in Neves, a city in Lembá District on the northern coast of São Tomé Island. He received a degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Oran, Algeria in 1985, then returned to become the head of the computer department of the government Statistics Directorate. In 1988, he left the civil service to become a sales manager at the Hotel Miramar, which was then the only hotel in the country. He was promoted to Director of the Hotel Miramar in 1992. In 1994, he received a master of business administration degree from Villanova University. In 1997, he became Director of the hotel Pousada Boa Vista, and also founded his own travel agency Mistral Voyages. Vila Nova continued in the tourism industry until he entered politics in 2010.
Vila Nova served as Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources in the cabinet of Patrice Trovoada from 2010 until the government lost its majority in 2012. He was appointed Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment when Trovoada's Independent Democratic Action (ADI) regained the majority in 2014. In 2018, Vila Nova was elected to the National Assembly. He was nominated as the ADI's candidate for the 2021 presidential election.
Vila Nova is married, and has two daughters.