Estevão Tomás Rafael Pale, is a Mozambican citizen, of 65 years old, married and with two children. He holds a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of London, a Postgraduate in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in England and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.
Estevão Pale has over 35 years of experience in geology and mining and ten years of experience in the oil and gas sector. He successfully led several organizations, and was National Director of Mines at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy for almost ten years. In this latter role, he was responsible for designing and implementing the support project for the development of the geological and the mining sector, financed by the World Bank. The project facilitated the review of the legal structure and attracted more investments to the sector.
Estevão Pale was the Executive Director of CMH – Companhia Moçambicana de Hidrocarbonetos, SA, from 2005 to February 2020. CMH holds 25% of the shares of Joint-Venture Pande & Temane, and Sasol Petroleum Temane holds 70% and IFC – The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, holds 5%.
As Executive Director of CMH, Estevão Pale was instrumental in increasingly obtaining positive results for CMH’s shareholders, and positioning CMH as a model in the oil and gas industry in Mozambique.
Estevão Pale is currently the Chairman and CEO of ENH, Mozambique´s National Hydrocarbons Company.
Carlos Joaquim Zacarias is the Chairman of the National Petroleum Institute, the regulatory body for upstream petroleum activities in Mozambique. He assumed the role in August 2015 and quickly had to led the negotiation of the Legal framework for the Rovuma Basin projects including approvals for Coral South FLNG, Golfinho/Atum and Rovuma LNG Plan of Developments.
As Chairman, Zacarias is focused on establishing a stable, predictable and attractive regulatory framework for foreign investment, in line with international standards and at the same time ensuring that the natural gas production projects being implemented in Mozambique generate added value for the national economy, catapulting other sectors of activity, allowing to catalyze and maximize the participation of nationals throughout the value chain and life cycle of natural gas projects.
Zacarias has an extensive expertise in a wide array of strategic, exploration, safety and regulatory matters of the petroleum industry as a result of his executive and management experience.
Over his 16 years at INP, he served as Vice President for Projects and Development, where he dealt with the promising and growing gas production and transport industry of Mozambique from 2005 until 2008, when he was appointed Vice President for Exploration, supervising and monitoring all exploration activities that led to the largest discoveries in Rovuma Basin, so far.
Prior to joining INP, Zacarias held management positions at the National Directorate for Coal and Hydrocarbons (DNCH) at a technical department responsible for supervising petroleum and coal activities, where he was involved in the revision of the legal package, exploration activities and implementation of Pande/Temane Gas Project.
Zacarias holds a master degree on Petroleum Geology from the Petrochemical Institute of Baku, Azerbaijan.
Katan joined SG in 2006 having spent 5 years in the industry with BG Group including commercial roles based in Brazil, Tunisia and Iran. He has cultivated a wide experience of advisory and arranging roles across the energy sector including LNG, refineries, pipelines and upstream successfully raising multi-billion dollar financings in emerging market jurisdictions (mainly in Africa) he is widely recognized by the industry for his expertise and sits on a number of advisory boards.
He currently leads a number of flagship advisory deals for the bank including Mozambique LNG which is set to represent the largest-ever sub-investment debt raise (USD 15 bn) due to sign in Q3 2019. He also leads two equity private placements for LNG projects in Africa and the U.S. He has led and closed deals in a number of African countries and is involved in the development of LNG-to-power and floating LNG projects. He led the lending of the STAR refinery, and has been involved in the LNG-to-power deal in Ghana.
Katan led the financing of the landmark USD 3.7 billion Egyptian Refining Company (ERC) financing. He has worked extensively with multi-laterals, DFI’s and export credit agencies and played a key role in new product development including mezzanine, equity, A/B loan structures.
ERC, which closed in 2012, won a host of plaudits for its structure and ability to weather multiple political and financial storms winning deal of the year in 2012 and representing the largest non-recourse financing in Africa to date, and notably one with no completion guarantee. It has an unprecedented capital structure comprising DFI’s, commercial banks, multi-laterals and private equity.
Katan was promoted to co-head for energy in September 2018. He covers EMEA although his specialized focus is in Africa as well as deals involving higher levels of market risk. In October 2018, he became a Board member of SG Mozambique highlighting his significant contribution to the Mozambique and SADC region.
Katan is a regular industry speaker and has a number of publications to his name. In 2012, he was nominated for the Financial News “Rising Stars” under 40 awards having become one of the banks youngest ever managing directors. In 2013, he became the first investment banker to secure a position on the Gastech steering committee highlighting his contribution to the industry. In 2014, he was selected for the advisory board of the Global African Investment Summit. In 2015, he was selected as part of “World Finance 100” as a leader in financing for emerging markets.
He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from King’s College London and is holder of the Tadion-Rideal prize for contribution to Molecular Science.
More than 15 years experience as Board Member and CEO of Multi-billion Consortium of Companies.
Currently CEO of the following companies:
Ship Recycling scarl
Managing Director of Smacemex scarl
Member of the Board of Directors of the following companies:
CCSJV Engineering Services LDA, Charville Consultores e Servicos LDA, Mangrove Gas Netherland B.V.
30+ years of experience in Project management mainly in the Oil&Gas industry. 20 years experience in construction starting from site to worldwide responsibility for construction of Snamprogetti.
More than 15 years experience as Sponsor\Member of Steering Committee\Project Director of GTL\LNG|Power and Refining Projects.
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.