Ragendra de Sousa has a master’s degree in social demography and agricultural economics from Cornell University in the US and a doctorate in development sociology from the same university, as well as more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, in the ministries of Education and Agriculture.
In the private sector, he has served as manager of Mecanagro, a company for the provision of mechanised agricultural products, and worked in the Zambezi Development Planning Office (GPZ).
From 2014 to 2016, he was part of the team of consultants drawing up the development strategy for the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric complex. Since 2006, he has taught university courses on econometrics, economic development and international finance, and in 2015, he published an analysis of Mozambique’s public debt, the most recent in a long series of studies on the micro- and macroeconomics of Mozambique.
Four years ago, he also became an economic advisor to the Frelimo Party.
Ragendra de Sousa became minister of Industry and Commerce in 2017, having served as deputy minster since 2016.
Ragendra de Sousa was born on March 1956 in Tete, Mozambique.