Hi Milchon! Tell me more about you! My name is Milchon Sualei. I am a 31-year-old Mozambican, currently based in Pemba, Mozambique. I have a degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the Catholic University of Mozambique in Nampula. I am an avid reader; I enjoy spending my time with friends and getting to know new people and when I get the chance, I also enjoy watching films with interesting plotlines.

What is your background for choosing the industry? I became interested in the industry shortly after being transferred to Pemba from Afungi in Cabo Delgado. I was working as a document controller for an oil and gas company at the time but felt myself drawn to the dynamic nature of the logistics operations sector. I believe that this opportunity will give me a change to grow, both personally and professionally. I find that I feel best when I am working, so I try to keep myself busy, spending my time doing something constructive to develop my skills.

What is your role at the office? My work mainly focuses on managing operations, I therefore, usually spend a great deal of time out of the office, commuting to and from pick-up and drop-off locations. I am often at the airport to find out if we have received any cargo or not, if so, I find out if we already have the “Contra Marca”, and then reach out to the subcontractor and customs to follow up. UPF has also provided me with a motorcycle that has facilitated my daily commute. In order to make sure that these operations are carried out smoothly, I always make sure that the Subcontractor and Clients are always involved and following along in the entire process. During the other days when I’m at the office, I am often responding to email correspondence or following up on any ongoing processes. If I, or my colleagues in Maputo, are ever in need of more information or clarification of any sort regarding, be it shipping quotes or other crucial information, I make sure reach out to clients or companies to resolve these matters to the best of my abilities.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In the next 5 years, I would like to still be working and contributing to UPF MZ’s work in some capacity, whether that is in Pemba or another new interesting location. I hope to witness the company grow and continue to make advancements in its long-term goals.