Our Board Members
Apart from being a monitoring and evaluation specialist and a holder of an MBA in Social Work, Bruce is the Executive Director for Albino Trust of Zimbabwe a youth found, led and focused disability persons organization DPO that advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities in their diversity in Zimbabwe. With 6 year worth of experience in the Civic Society sector working at directorate level at the same time being a boarder member in a number governing board in Zimbabwe such as Zimbabwe Youth in Industry and Commerce, INCUAT international, Disability and Development Zimbabwe among other. Regionally Bruce is serving as a disability expert in the Southern African Youth Organizations Forum SAYOF coordinating the Champions for Albinism Agenda project which is being implemented in 10 SADC countries including Zimbabwe from 2021 to 2023. Apart from being a member of Southern Africa Vibrant Young Leaders Forum, Bruce is a Young African Leaders Institute YALI and AIDS Rights Alliance of East and Southern Africa ARASA.
It is through his meaningful contributions in the disability and health sector which saw Bruce being a dual award winning young leader through recognition by the Business Cone one of the leading business newspapers in Zimbabwe. Bruce was recognized as one of the Iconic Men of the Decade and a Young Pace setter of the year 1n 2021.
Using his experience as a ZAN member, observer, human rights advocate, researcher and leader in the Civic Society sector, guided by the leaving no one behind principle, center on a combination of servant and transformational leadership together with corroborative staff, members, allies and partners, Bruce is expected to turn around a network which was established when He was just a year old.
Farai Mukuta is a disability inclusion expert. He holds an Executive Master in Peace, Leadership and Governance degree from Africa University; a Master in Business administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Sociology (BSc Hons.), and a Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. Farai has collaboratively worked with disability umbrella bodies in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, visiting most of their programmes for comparative purposes. He has carried out extensive research on disability in Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa. This effort significantly contributed to disability policy development in Zimbabwe.
Farai has extensive electoral and governance experience having lobbied for disability inclusion in the 2013 national constitution and observed elections for disability considerations over the years in Zimbabwe 2002, 2008, 2013; Zambia 2012, Ghana, 2012 Namibia 2009 and Botswana 2009. As the Executive Director of the National Association of Societies for Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH) for 17 years, he has superintended over the growth of the organisation from a membership of 21 organisations in 1997 to the current 100 organisations which he effectively coordinated. Farai has chaired Chivi South Development Trust, Gokomere Primary School SDA, and MS Zimbabwe (Danish International Cooperation for Development) Policy Advisory Board (PAB) among other voluntary groups. He was the Secretary of the National Association of non-Governmental organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO), which had a membership of over 1000 CSOs and sat on other boards like Action, the Zimbabwe Tourism Advisory Board and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN). Recently, Farai was appointed for the next 3years to the Global Environmental Facility Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of UNDP Small Grants Program to ensure the funded programmes are disability sensitive.
Left NASCOH in 2014 and worked as the Regional Disability Technical Advisor for Disability HIV and Aids (DHAT) coordinating HIV and AIDS activities for the disability umbrella bodies of Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe under Progresso (UK) which closed in December 2016. From March 2017 Farai was the Field Program Manager of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) until 30 September 2019, when the IFES closed its operations in Zimbabwe. Currently Farai is a long term Consultant on Disability Inclusion with DAI-TRACE for its 30 partners in Zimbabwe to ensure disability inclusive programming.
Dr Tinashe Gumbo
Dr Tinashe Gumbo is a holder of a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal; Bachelor of Arts General Degree; Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Economic History and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe. Dr Gumbo also holds a Diploma in Personnel Management from the Institute of Personnel Management in Zimbabwe. He is currently studying towards a Master of Arts in Religious Studies Degree with the Africa University. He joined the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) as the Economic Justice Officer from 2003 to 2010. He then joined the Institute for a Democratic Alternative Zimbabwe as its Democracy and Governance Officer before he became the Senior Programs Officer responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation in the same institution. Dr Gumbo left the institute for the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) where he worked as the Policy Research and Advocacy Officer. He is currently affiliated to the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He has participated in many African Union Observer Missions over the past decade. Dr Gumbo has been a Part Time Lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe University since 2016. His research interests include the extractive sector, environment, elections, human rights and other governance and social issues. In 2017, Dr Gumbo re-joined the ZCC as its Programs Team Leader to date. He also currently serving as a Board Member at ZIMCODD.
Mr Hweta is the Executive Director for Loving Hand an organization that advocate for the health rights for all and operating from Bulawayo. With over 22 year working the Civic Society, Mr Hweta is a holder of a Master in public health. Having served in a number of local organizations boards as a treasure, His experience will transform ZAN as far as financial transparency and accountability is concerned.
Mkhokheli Ngwenya is a Medical Doctor by profession and holds a master’s in public health. He has over 17 years of experience in the clinical and/or programmatic management of TB and HIV in various roles in government and international health agencies. He sits in various technical working groups and committees for TB and HIV including the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Sub-committees. Mkhokheli has experience in programme reviews and development of national strategic plans, technical guidelines, and training material. He also has experience in planning and managing donor projects including those supported by the Global Fund among others. Mkhokheli has been involved in various research activities in TB and HIV including population-based surveys and operations research in Zimbabwe. He brings a wealth of knowledge in TB/HIV programming and research.
Evellyn Chamisa is a Counsellor by profession and hold a diploma in Community Development ,Project Planning and Management. She has 23 years of experience in Programme Coordination in HIV,TB and AIDS field. She worked for National Aids Council (4yrs) as District Aids Coordinator and for ZNNP+ as Provincial Coordinator and Field Officer for a number of donor projects (18yrs) where she highly demonstrated ability to improve capacities of local communities to address their own challenges. She has high leveled facilitation skills in positive living,, HIV,TB&AIDS survival skills,Reproductive health, Human rights & HIV ,Gender issues, Communication, Behaviour Change and Treatment Literacy among other others. By possessing good leadership and advocacy skills Evellyn sat in various technical boards nationally and regionally , that includes the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW SA) as the regional secretary. Currently she is the chairperson of the National Gender Technical Working Gtoup and the Director for Network of Zimbabwe Positive Women (NZPW+). Evellyn has solid research skills and experience in project planning and implementation.
With the vast experience in community mobilisation Evellyn facilitated the formation of a number of PLHIV support groups and Community Based Organizations nationally. As a role model ,HIV activist and Human Rights advocate Evellyn helped thousands of PLHIV to cope with their HIV statuses and most positively witness improved quality of lives
Previous Board Members
Talent Jumo has 14 years-experience mobilising communities to engage in policy advocacy around their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In 2017, Talent co-founded Katswe Sistahood, a feminist grassroot movement of activists who are running SRHR/HIV programs in Zimbabwe and the SADC Region. A former representative for women in the Country Coordinating Mechanism on the Global Fund to end AIDS, TB and Malaria in Zimbabwe, Talent is the current Board chairperson for the Zimbabwe AIDS Network, a coalition of about 200 AIDS Service Organisations.
Emmaculate Magugu has more than 17 years experience of financial management and administration in both the public and private sector. She has worked in the HIV sector for several years accounting for resources, budgeting and managing grants at national level. She is a corporate governance professional qualifications as Fellow of the ICSAZ, Registered Public ,and a Chartered Certified Accountant, Associate ACCA member, MBA and BSc in App Accounting. Her key commitments are to ensure the civil society remains accountable to resources entrusted to them .She is passionate about corporate governance and training.
Tapiwanashe Kujinga is a lawyer by profession who started working in the legal practice before branching out into HIV treatment advocacy. He is currently the Director of the Pan-African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM) and is involved in a number of local, regional and international roles. He is the vice chair of the SADC Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee, a member of the African Community Advisory Board and a member of the Zimbabwe National Antimicrobial Resistance Core Group. He also sits on the Technical Committee of the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe. Tapiwanashe brings a wealth of legal experience in the ZAN Board, including litigation and intellectual property rights.
Mr Jabulani Mapingire has qualification in;
• B Tech Education Management Degree (SA),
• Certificate in Education (UZ),
• Systemic Family Therapy (ZOU),
• Public Relations (LCCI),
• Professional Certificate in Disaster Mgnt (TDI),
• Professional Certificate in HIV and AIDS Programming and Community Based Capacity Development (TDI),
• Data Use and Management-Using Evidence To Improve Programs (UNICEF),
• Intermediate Certificate in Computers (GTC),
• Office Practice (Pitman).
He has experience managing Global Fund funded Projects, Behavior Change, Livelihood, Emergence response, OVC, male involvement and family health programming, HIV and AIDS Programming, Key populations programming, workplace programming, school health and counselling.
Phillimon Simwaba is a physically disabled, Zambian and Executive Director of the Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Disability, counselling & social development and Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
He has proven 30 years’ experience working with the organizations of the disabled people at national and regional level. He has worked for the Southern African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) in Zimbabwe as Regional Programmes Manager responsible for the Small-Scale Economic Development (SEED) Programme. In addition, he has worked for the Development Initiative Services (DIS) as a development Consultant for Southern and Eastern Africa based in Botswana. Previously He worked for the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board in Zambia as Manager Rehabilitation.
He is an associate member of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraisers based in South Africa. Disability Activist. He is also a member of the CIVICUS World Alliance of NGOs and Zambia Agency of Persons with Disabilities. He is the Board Chairman, Childcare Ministries Zimbabwe and Board Member for VSO RAISA. Member of Regional African Health NGO Forum. Board of Trustee – Action on Disability and Development International UK (ADDI UK). Advisory Board Member UNESCO ESA Regional Office and UN Women New York CORE Advisory Board Member.
Wadzanai Munyama an experienced Advocacy Officer at Simukai Child Protection Programme with a demonstrated history of working with individuals, families and communities. Skilled in non-profit organisations, community development, fundraising, policy analysis, research, documentation, knowledge management, capacity building and networking. Strong professional with a Masters in Child and Family Studies focused in Humanities and Social Sciences at Africa University. She organises and facilitates psychosocial support workshops to motivate and inspire chid marriage survivors, children living and working on the streets, survivors of abuse to reduce HIV and AIDS infection, identify their talents and work towards reaching their potential. She also came up with a Library and Play Centre and developed a Homestay and Scholarship Bonding Policy at Manhinga Village Children’s Home to help children achieve their intellectual and academic capacity.
Rumbidzai Matewe has over 16 years of progressive professional experience in sexual and reproductive health, family planning and HIV/AIDS programming, Ms Matewe brings extensive experience in SRH informed by her public health experience and leadership of large SRH programmes within Zimbabwe. She has a deep expertise with donor funded projects. She has delivered leadership and oversight over programmes funded by donors including the DFID, EU, CIDA, Global Fund, PEPFAR and USAID. As a Zimbabwean, she has unparalleled insight into the contextual challenges facing clients and how to tailor approaches to ensure VfM and maximum impact. Ms Matewe is the Programme Director for MSI Zimbabwe, where she is responsible for driving and managing the organisation’s project management and business development. She is responsible for directly shaping and fulfilling the organisation’s programme strategies across its service delivery channels. Ms Matewe holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Women’s University in Africa and a Bachelors of Social Sciences from Africa University.
Mr Marshal Makorovodo is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in organisational policy information that levers the organisation. Respected as a credible voice in decision making and establishing governance boundaries. He also serves on the Zimbabwe Network for People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) Board.