Mr. Carlos Zacarias completed a Master in Petroleum Geology, in 1992, at the Petrochemical Superior Institute of Baku, (Ex-USSR), currently Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1995, he joined the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, and the Nacional Department for Coal and Hydrocarbons where he held various roles; namely supervising the exploration and production activities that led to the discoveries of resources in Inhassouro and the Njika Field.
Aditionally he was member of the Interministerial Comitee for the Implementation of the Project of Natural Gas in Pande and Temane. In 2005, he was appointed Administrator of the Department of Projects and Development of the National Petroleum Insitute (INP), having contributed to the ellaboration of the proposal for the Regulation of Licensing of oil infrastructure and monitoring condensed natural gas production and transportation.
In the year 2008, he was nominated Administrator of the Department of Exploration of INP where he oversaw different areas as Member of the Board, namely supervising the exploration activities which led to the discovery of soft oil in Inhassouro and gas in the Njika field, and also, the discovery of the gas fields in Rovuma, as well as their appraisal. Currently he is the President of the Board of INP, nominated in August 2015, leading the negotiations in concession contracts of exploration in place in the Basins of Mozambique and Rovuma, as well as regulating and monitoring the activities of exploration and production of natural gas in Mozambique.
Director General of the Investment & Export Promotion Agency (APIEX – Mozambique), since June 2017. Before that he was Director General of the Investment Promotion Centre – CPI, from July 2010 to June 2017 and Economic Adviser to the Minister of Planning and Development of the Republic of Mozambique from June 2006 to July 2010.
Graduated from Eduardo Mondlane University in economics, he holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Business Management.
Among many studies, he conducted a study sponsored by the Friederich Ebert Foundation on the social and macro economic impact of deeper SADC regional integration in Mozambique as well a survey on the perception of the national business community and non-state actors as a complement to the study, published in South Africa by SAIA from WITS University namely the “REGIONAL INTEGRATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA”, Vol 2, on Deepening Integration in SADC – Rapid Changes in Mozambique to Meet SADC Targets.
He also participated in the study on the reengineering of CPI in 1996 which culminated in the drafting of CPI’s first Strategic (1997-2000) as well as in the formulation of several proposals of studies and interventions crucial for the development of business and of the entrepreneurial sector in Mozambique requested by different public entities.
1995, Articled clerk with Schellemberg Wittmer Law firm in Geneva Switzerland.
1996, Articled clerk with Linklaters Law Firm in London, United Kingdom.
1997-1998, World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Junior Legal Affairs Officer, dealing with trade disputes, the implementation of the General Agreements on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) and technical assistance to Developing Countries.
1999, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland, Legal Trade Officer, dealing with International trade agreements and the sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Developing Countries.
2000-2001, Diamond Trading Company (DTC), a subsidiary of the De Beers Group, in London, United Kingdom as Senior Legal Counsel dealing with Competition and Anti-Trust matters pertaining to DeBeers negotiations with the European Competition Commission (DG4) as well as negotiations of new diamond concessions in Angola, Russia and Canada.
2001-2003, De Beers Group Services, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Head of the Department responsible for contracts and negotiations in Southern Africa.
2004-2008, DeBeers Group Central Africa, based in Luanda, Angola, in charge of DeBeers Legal and Commercial Division for Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic.
2009-2011, DeBeers Group International, based in Johannesburg, Director for Strategic Growth and New Business Development in Africa. My Division ascertained the commercial sustainability of new diamond projects and the expansion opportunities in Africa.
2011, After 12 years with the DeBeers Group, pursuant to my request, I became an International Consultant for the DeBeers Group in Africa, based in Johannesburg.
2012-2015, Senior Independent Consultant for the De Beers Group and Anglo-American PLC in Africa.
2015-Founded Genese Oil & Gas Mozambique, an Oil & Gas Consulting Company aimed at providing Legal and Corporate Finance services to Oil and Gas companies operating in Africa.
2015-2019, Through Genese Oil & Gas, I provided Legal services to Empresa Mocambicana de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), which I assisted in their negotiations with Anadarko, ENI, Galp and sub-sea 7, amongst others.
Currently President at the Mozambique Oil & Gas Chamber.