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.
Víctor B.L.Tivane is a Mozambican investment and business development consultant with more than 15 years experience in promoting investment and developing SMEs (Matching Grant Schemes, Linkages and Industrial Parks).
Currently is the Director at National Hydrocarbon Corporation at the Local Content Division. As the Director of this Division, the main role is to lead and coordinate the company policy operationalization regarding the local industry promotion and development, employment creation and acceleration of skill and technology transfer.
The last position was a Consultant at the World Bank Competitiveness and Private Sector Development Project for Mozambique (PACDE).
Víctor Tivane has worked at the Investment Promotion Centre, in the preparation and implementation of Industrial Parks in Mozambique and advisor for foreign and domestic firms, in matters of investment; as adviser during the implementation of Aluminium Smelter (MOZAL); and as the Manager of the Linkages Program Office at the World Bank Enterprise Development Project using tools such as Matching Grant Schemes and Supplier Development Program.
Natalia is currently the Director of Supervision and Safety Director at National Petroleum Institute, and 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 such as Mozambique Gas Master Plan, Tariff Methodology for the piped-gas industry in Republic of Mozambique, Strategy for Market Development and others related with the Projects and development of gas in Mozambique.
Natalia was involved, at the incipient phase of Mozambique LNG Project, as Engineering Technical Assistant, with a general-purpose position aiding all the Delivery Groups , HSE Lead on Project Safety Case and help the interface management of various project contractors 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.
Natalia is also a lecture of Petroleum Geopolitics& Ethics in the Oil &Gas Business MBA at ISCTEM (Higher Institute of Science and Technology of Mozambique).”
Robin is Chief Operating Officer of Anglo Eurasia Power Africa LLC, a consulting firm focussed on assisting African countries to maximise the value of their considerable natural resources to power economic growth while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He received a BSc degree in Geophysics from Edinburgh University and has since held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in Africa. He joined Energy Africa in 1997 and subsequently led Tullow’s exploration team during the discovery and appraisal of the Jubilee and TEN fields in Ghana. Since leaving Tullow Robin has focussed on the conceptualisation and execution of projects designed to reduce the significant impact of climate change on Africa.