Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees


Chairman – Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze is a holder of a Dphil – Development Studies from the University of Essex and is the current Director of the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) since 2003. Prior to that he had spent an active 17 years as an economist with the ZCTU. Dr. Kanyenze has overseen, coordinated and facilitated over 100 publications and projects in his career.

Trustee – Dr. Donald P. Chimanikire Dr. Chimanikire is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Studies, University of Zimbabwe and a Senior Development Consultant. He holds a Ph.D degree in International Studies from Jawarhalal Nehru University, New Delhi, an MA degree in International Relations from Kiev State University, Ukraine. He is former Director of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe and former Chairperson of the Department of International Relational Relations and Social Development Studies of the same University. He is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Chimanikire is also lead Author for Working Group III Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2011-2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.

Trustee – Dr. Jesimen Chipika Dr. Jesimen Chipika has a distinguished 25 year working career which includes 10 years of working as a Development Economist with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Zimbabwe and other Regional UN entities in Africa in different capacities including Programme Officer/Manager and/or Senior Economic Development Consultant and Economic Advisor since the year 2000 to date. She has worked for 4 years as UNDP Senior National Economist and Head of the Poverty and Economic Management (POEM) Unit. Dr. Chipika was also the UNDP sponsored ZEDS Technical Advisor, for 15 months (August 2007 to October 2008) in the then Ministry of Economic Development. This remarkable woman has received several awards in her working career by The American Biographical Institute – USA

Trustee – Mr. Charles Mutasa Charles Mutasa is a seasoned development professional with proven managerial and leadership abilities and extensive experience in SADC/Africa as well as global issues and initiatives. Has worked for Christian Aid as Head of Program Policy (Africa) and the Executive Director of the African Forum & Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). He has over 15years of work experience. He has worked as Human Resources manager, Researcher; Policy Analyst and Health Statistician in the Zimbabwe Public Service. As an NGO activist he has worked also as Policy Advisor and Development consultant.

Trustee– Mrs Dorcas Atukwa Dorcas Atukwa is a lawyer with more than seven years of law practice. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from University of Zimbabwe. She is currently a professional lawyer and partner at Sande and Associates Legal Practitioners. Prior to this, she has worked with several law firms as a professional legal assistant. She has a wealth of experience in litigation (criminal and civil litigation, labour disputes and insurance litigation). Dorcas Atukwa is also an affiliate member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, International Bridges to Justice and the Professional Women Executives and Business Women’s Forum.


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