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.
Born in Turin (Italy) in 1961, he graduated in Mining Engineering at the Turin Polytechnic in 1985 and joined eni four years later as a Reservoir Engineer.
In his career, Roberto has covered several Managerial positions in Italy and abroad in Congo, Nigeria, Angola, US and the Netherlands including SVP for Sub-Saharan Region.
He also served as SVP Upstream R&D of Eni and Executive Vice President Development, Operations & Technology Technical Assurance.
Since February 2020, he is serving as Managing Director & General Manager of Eni Rovuma Basin and Country Manager for Eni in Mozambique.
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)