Natalia is currently the Director of Local Content at National Petroleum Institute upstream Regulator of Oil and Gas activities, previously she was the Director of Supervision and Safety. She is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Master Degree in Project Management of Oil&Gas Industries with specialization in Economics of Oil, Gas and Energy.
She was involved in elaboration of documents related with Gas Development in Mozambique, such Gas Master Plan, Strategy for the Development of Local Market, HSE Regulation etc.
She has experience in LNG Project, where she was involved in different roles such as Engineering Technical Assistant also follow-up communications Liaison with Government Regulatory groups within Mozambique. She acted after as Advisory of Environmental Impact Assessment team in the Mozambique LNG Project , leading with issues associated with EIA and Resettlement Action Plan, and guide the team with information necessary to meet the Mozambique Government and local communities’ needs.
Currently, Natalia is involved in setting up strategies and Policies related with Local Content Development in Mozambique and she is member of Local Content Task Force, an interministerial Group that coordinates Local Content implementation in Mozambique.
Natalia is also a lecture of Petroleum Geopolitics& Ethics in the Oil &Gas Business MBA at ISCTEM (Higher Institute)
Claire Mateus Filipe Correia Zimba was born in Maputo, 1976. Dr. Claire Zimba holds a Post Graduate Degree in Corporate Governance and Oil and Gas at the Instituto Superior de Ciência e Tecnologias de Moçambique and a Degree in Law at the Eduardo Mondlane University. In the year 2007 to the year 2010, Dr. Claire Zimba was the National Director of Made in Mozambique Brand Unit; 2010 – 2011 the National Director of Private Sector Support Unit. 2011 – 2012 he was the Advisor of the Minister and in the year 2012 till present, Dr. Claire Zimba is the Executive Director of IPEME.
Omar Mithá was born in Mozambique in 1967, he holds degree in Economics from Eduardo Mondlane University (1992, Mozambique) and Post-Graduate Degree in Management from ISCTE (2005, Portugal).
He holds the position of CEO/Chairman of ENH, the NOC from the Republic of Mozambique, since August 2015. He is also Chairman of ENH Logistics and Non-Executive Board Member of Matola Gas Company (MGC) and Portos de Cabo Delgado (PCD). Until August 2015 was the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade. Before joining the Government, from 2008 to 2013 he was the former Chief-Economist and in charge of the Investment Banking of Millennium BIM dealing with credit for large projects, advisory, project finance and research. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2007 was an Investment Officer at the IFC office in Maputo. Between 2000 and 2005 he was working as a consultant to the World Bank on behalf of International Development Ireland to develop SME´s through a matching grant scheme for technology transfer. Previously he worked for Ernst & Young as a consultant, and was the Manager and Advisor of several companies between 1992 and 1996. He has been a lecturer at the local university for a couple of years.
Martin Hutchison is an independent consultant supplying strategic support to the global energy industry. He has over 40 years of international oil and gas industry leadership experience in technical, commercial and senior executive roles, encompassing Upstream and LNG across Europe, North and South America, Middle East and West Africa. He served on the boards of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce and the Ameriven heavy oil project, and later as the Managing Director and executive board member for Brass LNG Ltd, Nigeria. Martin is a lecturer in several CWC professional development courses and a regular chairman and Co-Chairman of CWC conferences.
Sérgio Dique started his professional career in 2000 as a buyer for a construction company, where he contributed widely within the company in structuring the import procedures as well as transport policies. He then joined one of the world’s biggest consultancy firms, KPMG Peat Marwick in Maputo, and joined Fernandes & Associates in RSA, as a consultant where after 6 months he decided to start his own business. Sérgio was sworn in as an official translator and registered his Accounting and Consulting firm, S.J.D Consultores in 2003 and after 4 years, registered an insurance agency, representing Hollard Insurance in central Mozambique. In 2012, he saw the need for growth and registered his insurance brokerage firm, Confiança Corretora de Seguros, Lda. With success from those ventures he established a transport firm, E.G.S Transportes, a medical practice, Consultório Médico Esperança and bought shares in another medical practice, Centro de Saúde Privada Boa Vida, Lda, where he is majority shareholder and managing director. In 2015, he completed his law degree from the Universidade Católica de Moçambique, where he furthered his knowledge in law. His SMEs employ just under 100 people and are projected to double in size in the next 2 years.
Taciana Peão Lopes is a Mozambican lawyer and an independent energy/oil and gas legal counsel focused in energy projects in Mozambique. She has been advising developers, sponsors, investors, multinational lenders and commercial banks to develop, construct and finance power plants ranging in size from 30 MW to 600 MW utilizing diverse technologies as natural gas, coal and hydroelectric, as well as alternative technologies such as solar and wind, by guiding the clients through a challenging regulatory regime. She has been representing the major upstream oil and gas companies based in Mozambique. Taciana has been involved in the first LNG export project in Mozambique, which is one of the largest LNG projects worldwide. Her expertise in LNG includes the drafting and negotiation with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique of the legal instruments required for the creation of a new legal framework for the implementation and financing for LNG in Mozambique. Taciana is a founder and sponsor of Waza, a Mozambican think and do tank, and parte of the network of the Graça Machel Trust Foundation – Women Advancing Africa, through the Mozambican Associations Femme – Women in Business and New Faces New Voices.
Ricardo Aboud has a BSc in Civil Engineering, with specialization in Soil Mechanics, graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in 1983. He has spent the last 30 years in the oil industry, having been involved in several oil & gas projects in more than 25 different countries, in all regions of the world, in engineering, business development, and management roles. He was an SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Director of Brazil Session (2005-2006) and the Secretary of SPE Session in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2001- 2002. Aboud is an author of numerous technical papers and magazine articles and has served on the technical committees of many SPE conferences and workshops. He was the Distinguished Lecturer on cementing in the 2006 VI Seflucempo Conference in Isla Marguerita, Venezuela, and a worldwide SPE Distinguished Lecturer in deep-water cementing (2001-2012). He was also the President of the Brazilian Association of Service Companies, with 22 major international service companies, between 2006 and 2007. He joined GE Oil & Gas in April 2013, as Commercial Leader for East Africa, and is based in Maputo, Mozambique.
With more than 16 years in the business area, Agostinho Vuma, is the President of the Board of the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA).