Luis Jorge Manuel Antonio Ferrão was born in Nampula province 23 December 1961 After teaching history and geography, and working as a journalist and in audio-visual production, he graduated in international relations and diplomacy from the Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais (ISRI) in Maputo, Mozambique. He then moved to work for the SADC Sector of Culture and Information and gained a masters in public policy from the university of Zimbabwe (SARPS), followed by a doctorate from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil.
Ferrão was the Regional Coordinator of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (which covers the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, and Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe), and Adviser to the Minister of Tourism on protected areas and private investment. In 2007 he was made rector (vice-chancellor) of the new UniLurio, and then served as the Minister of Education and Human Development until 2016. He is now the Rector of the Pedagogical University in Mozambique.