Letícia Ivete de Mendonça Moniquela

Studied: Chemical Engineering at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Sponsored by: Sasol

Based at: Industrial and Commercial Institute Matola

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Bird Box
Your preferred superpower
Your greatest fear:
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
I would invest in my parent’s health, and rebuild my house.
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in Mozambique – Maputo City – with my parents. I’m the second of 3 children. My mum and my dad are teachers.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood were the conversations and teachings from my grandfather (in memory). He used to teach me the motherhood language Guitonga from Inhambane. He taught me the name of each finger with a song. Those were my favorite holidays.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
I think the biggest challenge is the lack of confidence to employ national talent, the second is the lack of opportunities for recent graduates. When these opportunities then exist they are somewhat discriminatory in relation to age and female gender.
How would your colleagues describe you?
A person with focus, persistence, sincere and kind.
How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
In five years I want to acquire all the tools for a successful career, perform a role with new challenges and be recognised in my career as a professional of good performance.

Difficult paths often lead us to beautiful destinations, never give up on your dreams!

Do you want to work abroad / work offshore / work in a large team / manage your own company?
I would like to work abroad, as long as the objective is to develop my country. By working abroad, I can gain valuable international experience, gain a global understanding of the working industry not only in my field of study, but in many other ways that can have an impact on my field.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my father. He is simply good at what he does, his intelligence and his commitment to work are simply inspiring. He is professionally recommended when it comes to working in his field even after he retired. I also want to be good in my field.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Certainly, my greatest achievements are my degree in Chemical Engineering and the second is to be part of the Field Ready program.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
Since I was young, I knew I wanted to do chemical engineering. As usual, the school where I studied took us on a study visit and at that time they chose an industry that was the most talked about. We were not allowed to enter to the factory of course because we were very young. However, there was an area of the industry where phenomenon happened, I don’t remember exactly how the coins only joined itself without the existence of a magnet. They explained to us why that happened and said that whoever becomes chemical engineer could work in that industry. Since that day when we were introduced to chemistry at school it became my favorite discipline and I wanted to be a chemical engineer simply because I love chemical processes. The ability to have a resource and turn into something useful for society makes me feel powerful.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
Studying engineering taught me something: focus on the solution and not the problem. Engineering is life, it is our day to day. All engineering has importance and goes together, and in Mozambique we have many natural resources with refineries which we could develop the country with.