Antonio Paulo Fernando

Sponsored by: SASOL

Studied: Electrical Engineering at Instituto Industrial e Comercial de Beira

Based at: Matola Industrial and Commerical Institute

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
12 Hours secret soldiers of Benghazi
Your preferred superpower
To swim!
Your greatest fear:
Snakes
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
Land and equipment to set up an agricultural production project
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in Beira with my father and my stepmother. I have 6 siblings in my family.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My favourite memory from when I was little was staying home playing games and watching movies and animation with my friends.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
I think the biggest challenge facing Industry at the moment is when I see the vacancy announcement and they require someone who has 3, 4 or 5 years+ of experience. What will happen for those candidates who don’t have these years of experience? It means of course that movement within employment will reduce
How would your colleagues describe you?
Kind, friendly, social and a very serious young man.

“I would like to do a range of courses such as Instrumentation, PLC, Drives and High Voltage Energy. With this knowledge I can create my own company and help my country develop by reducing the number of unemployed people”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
First of all, I would like to work in a big company such as Sasol, Kenmare, Anadarko/Total or HCB as engineer. After 4 or 5 years working in one of these companies, I would like to work for myself as a manager of my own company.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is someone called Oliver Kagese. He was my Foreman when I worked in Tongaat Hullet (Açucareira de Moçambique), a sugar company. He is an electrician and taught me about electrical equipment and systems. My wish is to be more like him.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is getting on the Field Ready Programme, it was my wish.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I am someone who see engineering as a part of the world’s development and there is no future without engineering.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
I would like to explain that engineering is what make everything become possible, and engineering helps people to get a view of opportunity.