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.
Jos Evens has spent more than 30 years with ExxonMobil. He joined ExxonMobil Mocambique Limitada as Production Manager and Mozambique Lead Country Manager in August 2017. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Gas & Power Marketing, for ExxonMobil Qatar Limited. Mr. Evens studied Commercial Engineering and Engineer Enterprise Information Systems at the University of Leuven in Belgium.
Mr. Evens began his career with Exxon in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1984. Since that time, he has undertaken a range of operational, supervisory and managerial assignments for Exxon and subsequently ExxonMobil. He has served in various capacities in operations, customer service, business development, and planning functions within Fuels Marketing and Gas Marketing while working in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.