President of the Republic of Mozambique
He was born on the 9th February 1959 in Mueda, Cabo Delgado, province, Mozambique from Jacinto Nyusi Chimela and Angelina Daima (both deceased). He is married to Madam Isaura Ferrão Nyusi and father to 4 children.
Since 15 January 2015, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi is the President of the Republic of Mozambique, following his election in October 2014, after serving as Minister of National Defence (2008 – 2014).
Since joining the National Liberation Struggle, in 1973 at the age of 14, and undergoing Political and Military Training. He represented Students of the Tunduru Educational Centre in the Mozambique’s Independence proclamation ceremony, in 1975. He has been an active member of FRELIMO from the Cell, Provincial Committee and Central Committee (since 2012). Member of the Association of the National Liberation Struggle Combatants (ACLLN) and its National Committee since 2005.
His academic and professional trajectory has seen him being awarded a certificate in Management Education by the India Institute of Management (IMM), in Amadbad, State of Gujarat, in India, in 2003; having completed Post Graduate Studies in Senior Management at the Victoria University, in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1999; following his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering by the VAAZ Brno Military Academy, Czech Republic where he was accorded the Best Student Award, in 1990.
He completed the Second Cycle and First Cycles of Secondary Education at Samora Machel Secondary School, in Beira, Sofala province and FRELIMO, Secondary School in Marire, Cabo Delgado province, in 1982 and 1980, respectively, after completing Primary Education at Tunduru Educational Centre, in Tanzania, in 1974.
He attended various courses and short term Professional Training in Swaziland, South Africa and the United States of America.
His professional background hails from the Mozambique Ports and Railways Company (CFM) in 1992, in Nampula, having moved through the ranks from the post of Assistant Chief General Workshop, Railways Director, Managing Director – Northern Region up to the position of Executive Manager at its Headquarters, in Maputo over 2007 and 2008; He was a part time lecturer at the Pedagogical University, Mathematics Department, Nampula Delegation and member of the Community of Higher Education, Science and Technology. As a railway manager he was the President of Club Ferroviário de Nampula (Railways Sports Club), over 1995 to 2005, and National Soccer Champion in 2004.
From 2015/2016 he chaired the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation playing an active role in the preservation of peace and stability in the region, in the face of Lesotho’s political challenges. In September 2016 he was recognised for his leadership role in environmental issues through a Merit in Conservation Award by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, in the United States of America.