Dr Helder da Silva’s PhD research studies at the University of East London (2014) was on Design for a Manufacture of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Servomotor.
Helder da Silva was born in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and immigrated to Senegal as refugee at age of 2 with his mother (Nita Sá) and his brother Edgar Sá da Silva. And due to poverty he did not attended school in Senegal and when back to Guinea-Bissau with the family of six children of a single mother. He started primary school in Guinea-Bissau when he was almost 12, and been raised by a single-mother of six children, and therefore these circumstances gave him a good understanding about the needs of young people and the needs of women in Guinea-Bissau.
Today Helder da Silva is dedicating significant part of his life to philanthropy, with special attention to Guinea-Bissau, and using his engineering background to support on education, gender equality, community organising and engineering scientific research.
Mid 2014, he became the founder of the pioneering think-tank, Nita Sá Engineering Foundation Ltd, with the mission of help reducing poverty and rural community structural disadvantage in Guinea-Bissau.
Helder da Silva has more than 16 years experience in the field of Electronic and Electrical engineering. In the early stage of NSEF project, he called on a distinguished group of people and companies to help realizing the NSEF's vision.