Ivanilson holds a degree in International Relations and Political Sciences from UAL (Autonomous University of Lisbon), and has also attended INSEAD Paris and HEC Paris for more specific courses in management and leadership. Professionally with management positions from 2009 when he joins the Trafigura Group in Angola and then transferred to Puma Energy in Angola. Currently in Mozambique since 2016 as Puma Energy Country General Manager (which includes the general management of 3 group companies and board member of one of them). In 2016 chosen for the ranking of the 100 African leaders of tomorrow under 40 prepared by the French Institute CHOISEUL, and in 2017 again selected to be part of the ranking of 100. Recently nominated for MIPAD (Most Influential People of African Descendent by United Nations) Global Top 100 under 40 Ranking, on the category of Business and Entrepreneurship inside Africa.