Manuel Ruas has more than 35 years of work experience in the energy and development sectors. Manuel has experience as Power Engineer at the Mozambique National Power Utility – Electricidade de Moçambique, particularly related to Rural Distribution Network and Development Planning. He has six years of experience as Head of the Department of Energy, in Mozambique, and Project Coordinator of The World Bank/IDA Energy Credits. Manuel worked for three years as the Project Coordinator for the Community Based Natural Resources Management at the Rural Development Institute, and has also held the position of national focal point for the World Bank Regional Programme of the Traditional Energy Sector. During the period 2000-2003, Manuel was Project Manager of the Beira Development Corridor (under the Regional Spatial Development Initiative) and was tasked with identifying and preparing the project portfolio with comparative and competitive advantages for the Beira Development Corridor, in order to promote public and private sector investment and further development. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the Nacala Development Corridor Project Manager, under the Spatial Development Programme coordinated by the Mozambique Ministry of Transport and Communication and funded by the World Bank.
In addition, Manuel has consultancy experience related to Sustainable Development and Energy, Demand Side Management and Efficiency, Decentralized Power Generation, Electrification Networks and Renewable Energy.
At OneWorld, between 2009 and 2012, he was involved in supporting the Mozambican Government with accessing climate finance and negotiation support.
As an independent consultant worked for the World Bank funded Spatial Development Programme, between 2012 and 2014, and since then as responsible for the Business Development in Mozambique of the South African Company Citius Energy.
Currently he is the GETFiT Mozambique Coordinator funded by KfW.