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.
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).”
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.