Dennis Walter Hearne, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1985. He was appointed by President Donald J. Trump on January 7, 2019 as Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique and sworn-in to office on January 31, 2019. He most recently served as Principal Deputy High Representative, Office of the High Representative, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2017 to 2018.
Other senior leadership positions in which he has served include: Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2016 to 2017; senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 2015 to 2016; United States Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 2009 to 2012; and as foreign policy advisor to United States military commanders, including two years of service in combat operations in Afghanistan.
His other assignments include Brasilia, The Hague, Zagreb, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, and Washington. He is the recipient of the United States Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and several Department of State Superior Honor Awards. He speaks Croatian and Portuguese.
Ambassador Hearne is a native of North Carolina and a resident of Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and a Master of Science from the National War College.
I started my career in the UN with postings in Egypt, Costa Rica and Honduras. From 1996 to 2002 I worked in the Netherlands at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. In 2002, I joined the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with postings in Tanzania, Bangladesh and the occupied Palestinian Territories. In addition, I served at the Department for Sustainable Economic Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.
MA non-Western Demography, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1984-1988
MA Economic Geography, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1980-1988
Dutch, English, German and Spanish
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.