Mike Bimha is a Zimbabwean politician. He is the current Minister of Industry and Commerce and Member of Parliament for Chikomba West.
He is a previous Chairman of Air Zimbabwe and in 2014 after the ZANU PF 6th National People’s Congress, Bimha was appointed the Secretary of Implementation and Economic Empowerment Policy in ZANU-PF’s politburo. In 2013, following Zanu PF’s victory in the harmonised elections, Bimha was appointed Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Tendai Biti, Former Finance Minister, Government of Zimbabwe.
Mr. Tendai Biti is a prominent Human Rights Lawyer and Politician in Zimbabwe. He is the founding Partner of the law firm ‘TENDAI BITI LAW’, a firm that specializes in Constitutional Litigation, Human Rights, International Finance, and Labour Law. He is also a Fellow at the CGD (Center for Global Development), a non- profit think tank based in Washington DC.
Previously, (2009 – 2013), Mr. Biti was the Minister of Finance for Zimbabwe. In this role he was largely held responsible for the stabilization of the Zimbabwean economy, and many other major legislative reforms that focused on public financial management, revenue administration, central government audit, and debt contraction. He is also held largely responsible for the commencement of Zimbabwe’s debt relief program and the normalization of its relations with International Financial Institutes such as The IMF and The African Development Bank.
In His Political Career, Mr. Biti was the Lead negotiator and draftsman for an interim draft constitution – The Kariba Draft Constitution (2013) – In the Government of National Unity. He also worked on various Statutes, such as; The Electoral Act, National Security Act, and Zimbabwe’s new Constitution approved in a Referendum (2013)
Tendai Biti obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (1988), and his Bachelor of Laws Honors (LLB Hons) University of Zimbabwe 1989. He is the author of several articles on the Zimbabwean economy, Africa and international tax matters including:‘The Attribution of Profits to Permanent Establishments: The taxation of intra-company dealings’ (2005) and ‘Fundamentals of International Tax Planning’ (2007).
Prof Stephen Chan
Professor Stephen Chan OBE was a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group that monitored the independence process that led to the birth of Zimbabwe in 1980, and has maintained close contact with the country since then, authoring authoritative works on its political development, among more than 30 books. He was the Foundation Dean of Law & Social Sciences at SOAS University of London; 2010 International Studies Association Eminent Scholar; 2010-13 Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg; 2015 Konrad Adenauer Foundation Chair of Academic Excellence at Bir Zeit University; and 2016 George Soros Chair in Public Policy in Budapest. He was a member of the Trilateral Dialogue between Africa, China and the USA and was previously a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the FCO ‘ginger group’ on Africa, and twice Visiting Fellow at Oxford.
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Mr W K Chidhakwa
Walter K. Chidakwa is the Minister of Mines and Mining Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe. His key functions include administering the principal mining code of the country, the Mines and Minerals Act, as well as other attendant pieces of legislation. He is responsible for formulating mining sector policy and providing direction to the sector.
He joined the public service in 1991 and served at the Ministry of Finance until 1993 when he left to join the Zimbabwe Investment Centre, forerunner to the current Zimbabwe Investment Authority, as a Deputy Director.
He left the Center in 1996 to join the Export Processing Zones Authority as the Chief Executive. In 2008 he was elected Member of Parliament and served in the last Executive as Deputy Minister for State Enterprises and Parastatals.
He holds a Masters in International Relations with the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Political Economy with Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Douglas D Chikohora
Douglas has over 30 years’ experience in the mining sector and has been responsible for identifying and developing some of the largest gold deposits in various parts of Africa. He has established useful contacts throughout the mining industry over the years. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Cluff Africa Associates UK Limited, and has been a director of a number of AIM listed companies. He is a qualified Chartered Engineer who took up his first position in 1981 joining the Buchwa Mine. In 1984, he joined RTZ in Zimbabwe before moving to Cluff Resources in 1987 where he helped develop the Ayanfuri Mine in Ghana, West Africa. In 1996, he was appointed Managing Director of Cluff Mining (West Africa) Ltd and in 2004 he became Technical Director of Cluff Gold plc which grew from an initial £5 million to more than £125 million market capitalisation at the time of his departure. During this time he oversaw the development of a number of gold projects in Africa. In 2010 he co-founded Cluff Africa Associates UK Limited with his long-time Chairman, Algy Cluff. He holds an MSc degree from the Royal School Mines and is a member of IMMM.
Patrick Chinamasa is a politician and member of the ruling ZANU-PF party and is currently serving as Minister of Finance in the Zimbabwean government. He has served as a cabinet Minister since 2000.
Chinamasa holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Law from the University of London (1971) and a Diploma in Law from the University of Zimbabwe.
Chinamasa became the first Deputy Minister of Agriculture before he was appointed Attorney General. He has also served as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs between 2000 and 2005. In 2008, he was appointed Acting Minister of Finance and was credited for introducing a multi-currency that eased the rate of inflation. He held the position until 2009 when the Government of National Unity (GNU), was sworn in.
Dr Knox Chitiyo is a Fellow at Chatham House in London. He is also the former Chair and current President of the Britain Zimbabwe Society [BZS], and was also the former Head of the Africa Programme at the Royal United Services Institute [RUSI] in London. Prior to coming to the UK,, Knox was a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Defence Studies and taught on the Command and Staff Courses at the Zimbabwe and regional Staff Colleges. Knox has done work with SADC, the AU and the UN. He is widely published in academic and popular media on Zimbabwean, southern African and broader African politics, security and development issues; and also on African diaspora issues. He is a regular commentator in The Guardian, Al Jazeera and other media outlets. Knox is on the Board of a number of international organisations, including the Mines Advisory Group [ MAG] which removes landmines and other deadly remnants of war , to allow for development in conflict and post- conflict countries. He has also been involved in promoting accessible education in developing countries. In 2010 Knox won the BEN/Sky TV Diplomacy Award, and he was a nominee in the 2011 Zimbabwe Achievers’ Awards [ZAA]. In 2015, Diaspora magazine included Knox in its ‘ UK’s African Diaspora Achievers’.
Prior to co-founding IH Group, Dzika was Director at Renaissance Capital based in Zimbabwe. He helped to build Renaissance Capital’s Africa franchise, where he rose to Director from Associate in charge of the Equity Product Group covering East, Central, and Southern Africa with a primary focus on Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Renaissance Capital, Dzika set up and ran a boutique research firm in Zimbabwe and has worked both on the sell and buy side in Zimbabwe since 2003. Dzika attended Sherborne School for Boys in the UK and holds a degree in Banking and finance from London School of Economics, University of London. He is currently the Managing Director of IH Group, a leading financial services firm involved in Zimbabwe’s capital markets. IH Group consists of a corporate finance boutique, IH Advisory (Private) Limited and a stock broking company, IH Securities (Private) Limited.
Caleb is the Managing Partner in CDF Trust and Consulting BV, an Investment Advisory Platform and Private Equity management firm since 2010. He is a Non-Executive Director of RioZim Limited, RioGold and RioEnergy. RioZim is a listed Mining Group on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. Caleb chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the RioZim Board. He is Chairman of Cellulant Zimbabwe (Private) Limited. He has set on several Boards of venture capital companies around the globe representing the Common Fund for Commodities.
Caleb is married to Shingai (51) and has three sons Pondai Dengu (30 years), Fungai Dengu (28 years) and Runyararo Dengu (26 years). The family has lived in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Netherlands and United Kingdom. The family base has moved back to Harare since 2010.
Caleb is an experienced Development Banking and Finance Professional who have 22 years experience in international and regional development banking. He has worked for an Amsterdam based Common Fund for Commodities a Development Financial Institution with a global mandate for commodities for 13 years up to July 2010. He has worked with clients in more than 60 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Before going to Amsterdam he worked for (PTA Bank) a Nairobi based Regional Trade and Development Bank where he was the Senior Finance Officer responsible for project finance to investments ranging from mining, hotels, industrial processing plants and cotton ginneries. Before going international, Caleb worked for Urban Development Corporation, Ministry of Finance and President’s Office (then Prime Ministers Office).
Caleb provides financial and management advisory services to stakeholders in the commodity sector both in the public and private sector. He has skills in structuring commodity development finance (long term finance), structured trade finance (short-term finance) and designing risk management systems. He has experience in project design and appraisal, project management and evaluations, financial management and accounting, public sector management and accounting, corporate management and business development; economic analysis; and auditing; business valuation and privatisation techniques; human resources management.
Caleb is a Fellow of the British Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS) and has Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and has Post Graduate Training in Advanced Financial Management Techniques for Public Enterprises. Caleb attended the University of Zimbabwe and Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Glasgow, Scotland.
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Comfort Ero has been Crisis Group’s Nairobi-based Africa Program Director since January 2011. She previously worked with Crisis Group as West Africa Project Director. As Program Director, Comfort oversees projects covering South, West, Central and the Horn of Africa. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London. Comfort also sits on the editorial board of various journals, including International Peacekeeping.
Positions held include:
• Deputy Africa Program Director for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (2008-2010)
• Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Mission in Liberia (2004-2007)
• Project Director, West Africa Office, International Crisis Group (2001-2004)
•Research Fellow, Conflict, Security & Development Group, Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College, London (1999-2001)
• Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1998-1999)
• PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London
Petina Gappah holds a doctorate from Karl-Franz University in Graz, Austria, a Master of Laws degree from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Laws Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe. An expert in international trade law and trade policy, she has worked as Counsel at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law in Geneva since 2002, in which capacity she has provided legal advice and support in WTO dispute settlement to more than 70 developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 2014, Petina was shortlisted to be a Member of the Appellate Body, the WTO tribunal that resolves global trade disputes. An award-winning writer who has been published in more than 15 territories and a dozen languages, Petina has also written on governance and development for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Guardian and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, among others. She has also been a columnist for OmVärlden, the Swedish magazine on development and global affairs. From 2017, she will be a DAAD Fellow and Writer-in-Residence in Berlin.
David is Principal at The Cheverell Partnership, which offers guidance and project assessment to businesses focussed on Southern Africa, in particular Zimbabwe. He has investments in several private companies and is a name at Lloyds. After reading law at Edinburgh University he qualified as an accountant in 1965 and worked in banking in the Bahamas and trading and manufacturing in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Dr. Alex Magaisa
Dr. Alex Magaisa is a law lecturer at Kent Law School, the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. His current work is mainly in the area of public law but he also teaches company law and international banking regulation. He has previously worked in Jersey, Channel Islands for the financial regulator. Between 2011 and 2012 he was an adviser to the committee which drafted the new Cinstitution of Zimbabwe. Between 2012-2013 he was the chief adviser to Morgan Tsvangirai, then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change. He writes a blog on law and politics in Zimbabwe: www.alexmagaisa.com
Dr Ibbo Mandaza
Ibbo Mandaza is a Zimbabwean academic, author and publisher. He is the Co-founder (1987) and current Executive Chairman of the Southern African Political Economic Series (SAPES) Trust, a regional Think Tank; and is the Convenor of the Policy Dialogue Forum. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Economy from the University of York, England (1978) and taught at the Universities of Botswana, Zambia, Dar es Salaam and Zimbabwe. He has researched and written extensively on issues of Governance, International relations and Public Policy; and was one of the first senior African Civil Servants in post-independent Zimbabwe (1980-1990). He served as Director of the National Manpower Survey and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development; as Deputy Chairman of the Public Service Commission and Member of the Defence Forces Commission; and, finally, as Chairman of the Parastatals Commission. Ibbo Mandaza was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the second largest tourism and hotel group (Rainbow Tourism Group) in Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2009.
Dr John Mangudya
John Magundya is an economist and the current Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor. Mangudya, who sits on many local and international boards was made RBZ governor after the expiry of Gideon Gono’s term in 2014. He had been CBZ Holdings Ltd Chief Executive since April 2012 before this appointment.
He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration from Washington International University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
Mangudya, like his predecessor called for a cautious approach to the indigenisation policy. He said there was need to balance indigenisation and need to attract foreign investment. He was quoted as saying ‘Zimbabwe needs discipline enough to find an equilibrium position or a point of harmony between the need to promote indigenisation and the need for foreign direct investment and the ability to synchronise the two’.
Dr Obert Mpofu
Obert Mpofu is a wealthy Zimbabwean politician with various business interests in mining, security, and transport. He is the current Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, as well as the Member of Parliament for Umguza constituency.
He broke from family ties with ZAPU and went on to join the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). At independence in 1980 he became a provincial member for Matabeleland North. In 1987, he became a non-constituency MP. He rose through the ZANU PF party structures to become Bubi-Umguza Member of Parliament in 1990, a position he was to hold until 1995. He was then appointed Governor of Matebeleland in the year 2000 before being appointed as minister of Industry and International Trade. Mpofu’s political career continued to rise and he eventually landed the portfolio of minister of mines in 2009 after an inconclusive election of the preceding year. In that election of 2008, Obert Mpofu was the only ZANU PF member to win a seat in the house of assembly in Matebeleland.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Delhi, India, a PhD in Policy Studies from Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), and a Master in Policy Studies from University of Zimbabwe.
Busisa Moyo is the President of CZI and the immediate past President of the Matabeleland Chamber of Industries.
Busisa Moyo is the Chief Executive Officer of United Refineries Limited one ofthe largest cooking oil expressing and soap manufacturing company in Zimbabwe. Busisa has been with United Refineries since 2005 when he joined the company as its Finance Director.
Busisa holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree (BCompt) from the University of South Africa and completed his Articles with Deloitte and Touche in 1999. He holds a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School (Spain) and has also attended executive education on mergers and acquisitions at the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business (Chicago – USA).
Mr. Moyo sits on the board of Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe and ZimTrade.
He has been listed as one of the top 30 Future Economic Leaders in Africa in 2015 by Institute Choiseul, France. Busisa Moyo has been awarded numerous national accolades in Zimbabwe including the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leader of the Year Award 2014, the Megafest Chief Executive Officer of the Year award 2013 and 2014 and Industrialist of the Year 2015.
Charles Robertson, a leading emerging markets specialist, is Renaissance Capital’s Global Chief Economist and Head of the Firm’s Macro-strategy Unit. Mr. Robertson covers the global economic theme shaving the greatest impact one merging markets.
Over the past two decades, the scope of Mr. Robertson’s work has covered, among other topics: quantifying political risk in emerging markets; how the retirement age rising to 67 reflects deep-rooted problems in the West and great opportunities in emerging markets; the revolutionary nature of growth in countries with non-democratic governments; how Africa can begin to escape the commodity cycle via broader education; the impact of terrorism and natural disasters on tourism; key ways to examine exchange rates in emerging and frontier markets, and why emerging-markets banks should thrive in the long-term.
Mr.Robertson is the lead author of The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution (www.fastestbillion.com), published in October 2012.
Mr. Robertson was ranked the number-one economics and macro analyst for emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the Extel survey in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, the team he led was ranked the best macro team in Extel’s 2010 survey of equity investors. Another of Charlie’s teams took first place for SSA coverage in the institutional investor survey for 2012.
Mr. Robertson graduated from the London School of Economics in 1993, and worked at a UK parliamentary defence think-tank and a research boutique until joining the financial services industry in 1998.
Assoc. Prof, Lt Col (ret) Dr. Martin R. Rupiya is an academic with the Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS), University of South Africa (UNISA) and Executive Director of The African Public Policy & Research Institute (APPRI) based in Pretoria. The latter is a think-tank, whose focus is on the post 1990s’ challenges of the New African Civil Military Relations (CMR), aimed at strengthening, and consolidating the African state. As a Visiting Fellow with UNISA, currently facilitates on the Management of Democratic Elections in Africa (MDEA) programme, whose aim is to enhance the capacity of national Election Management Bodies (EMBs) as well as supervise MA & Doctoral Studies. Similar experience has been gained teaching and researching at various institutions including, the Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, the Institute for Peace & Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Centre for Security Sector Management (CSSM), University of Cranfield UK; International Relations Department, Witwatersrand as well as the Centre for Defence Studies, University of Zimbabwe
To this end, Rupiya has researched and published extensively on security challenges facing Africa, as well as attempt to suggest appropriate defence and security establishments that exist, alongside sustainable economic development. At the moment, Rupiya is working on the book titled, Sick and (Sudden) Death of an African President and the Combative Reaction of Close Aides. This case studies leadership behaviour witnessed in Algeria, (Abdel Aziz Bouteflika), Nigeria,(Yar’Adua), Togo, (Gnassimbe Eyadema), Malawi, (Binguwa Mutharika), Guinea, (Lansana Conte), Gabon, (Omar Bongo Ondimba), Ghana, (John Atta Mills) and Zimbabwe, (Robert Mugabe), amongst others.
Select publications include:
2015 The New African Civil Military Relations: International African Studies’ Perspectives,APPRI
2005 Evolutions and Revolutions A Contemporary History of Militaries in Southern Africa (ISS) 2005
Farai Sevenzo is a filmmaker and journalist. He studied Film and Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and took his masters degree as a Writer/Director in England at the National Film and Television School. His graduation film – Rwendo – won the inaugural Southern African Film Festival Best Film Award in 1993. Farai was an integral part of the African cinema scene early in his career, collaborating with African filmmakers from South Africa, Mauritania, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and Nigeria as a screenwriter and script editor, director and film trainer and participated in African Film Festivals from Ouagadougou to New York. He has taught film in Harare’s UNESCO film training project, at Johannesburg’s Newtown film school, and in Amsterdam’s DasArts Centre. Farai switched his focus to documentary filmmaking, journalism and radio broadcasting in the 2000s. He became a producer and presenter on the BBC World Service’s Network Africa programme and was a regular contributor to Channel 4 News and BBC Television with his documentaries on African current affairs. His films have covered the Sierra Leone civil war, AIDS in Malawi, Uganda’s wars with the Lord Resistance Army, vigilante justice in South Africa, Kamuzu Banda’s legacy in Malawi, polio eradication in Ethiopia, finding peace in Liberia and Zimbabwe’s contemporary politics. In 2006 he set up Al Jazeera’s Harare office before returning to independent filmmaking. His films on Zimbabwe have covered every election since 2000, the land issue, the billion-dollar economy, the cholera outbreaks and the violence of 2008. Farai is a regular columnist for the BBC, The Africa Report and has contributed to Foreign Policy magazine.