Our Team Profiles


Collen Jonasi

Executive Director

An Economist and Monitoring & Evaluation specialist, Collen possesses a Master of Science in Development Economics, a Bsc (Hons) in Economics and an Executive Certificate in Programme and Project Monitoring and Evaluation. He is also currently studying towards acquiring a Bachelor of Social Science (Special Honours) in Monitoring and Evaluation.

He has five years’ experience in economic development work, macroeconomic analysis, policy formulation and analysis, results-based monitoring and evaluation and conducting social and economic research. His research areas include governance, poverty and inequality, and international trade. He has worked both in the public and private sectors.

Maria Nherera


Maria Nherera is an Economist who holds a Master of Science degree in Development Economics and a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Economics from Bindura University of Science Education and University of Zimbabwe respectively. She has 5 years of experience in the field of research. Over the years, she has gained experience in the field of economic researches, project appraisals, economic analysis and forecasting, competitor analysis and environmental scans. She has a keen interest in policy formulation and analysis as well as developmental issues.

Dr T. Kairiza


Holds a PhD in Development Economics (2012) from the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Msc. Development Economics (2009) from the same institute, Msc. International and Development Economics (2006) from the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin and a Bsc. in Economics (2003) from the University of Zimbabwe. He has many years of experience in research, lecturing and economic analysis and modelling. His publications include but are not limited to the following: Kairiza, T., Kiprono, T. & Magadzire, V. (2017) Gender Differences in Financial Inclusion Amongst Entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Small Business Economics, Vol. 48. DOI 10.1007/s11187-016-9773-2; Kairiza, T., Kembo, G., Pallegedara, A. (2020). The Impact of Food Fortification on Stunting in Zimbabwe: Does Gender Of The Household Head Matter? Https://doi.org/10.1186/s12937-020-00541-z; Karambakuwa, R.T, Makochekanwa, A, Kairiza, T. (2015). An Empirical Application of the Gravity Model to Assess the Trade Potential of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and Southern African  . Routledge Publishers.

Dr P. F. C Mupambireyi


Dr. Mupambireyi holds a DPhil and Msc in Commerce and a BSc (Econs), all from the University of Zimbabwe. He has been a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in the Faculty of Commerce for more than two decades teaching mainly Statistics both at undergraduate and postgraduate level (MBA programme). He has also actively participated (as a consultant) in a number of researches with a strong bias towards Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), most of which were funded by Kellogg Foundation under the Bio-Medical Research and Training Institute (BRTI).

Furthermore, he facilitated a number of in-house development programmes for different companies. He also has strong strategic planning, implementation and evaluation skills with the ability to motivate, lead and influence team members drawn from diverse professions working in business, health research and development sectors. He also has various publications covering socio-economics issues.

His publications include but are not limited to Freddie P Mupambireyi (2014), Characterisation of Traders In The Clothing Flea Market Business: A Case Of Mbare-Mupedzanhamo And Avondale Flea Markets In Harare, Zimbabwe.  Journal of Entrepreneurship Vol. 2; No. 10; December; 2014: ISSN 2349-5383; 5)     Freddie Mupambireyi and Emmanuel Ziramba (2002.); Family Planning Methods in Chitungwiza, Zambezia; 1) Pakuromunhu Freddie Mupambireyi, Isaac Chaneta, and Denis Maravanyika (2015), Operational Challenges of Informal Trading: A case of Mbare Mupedzanhamo Flea Market. University of Zimbabwe Business Review, Volume 3, No. 1, 2015 and Pakuromunhu F. Mupambireyi et al (2008). Situational analysis of orphaned and vulnerable children in eight Zimbabwean districts. HSRC Press, Cape Town.

Mitchell K Name


Mitchell K Name holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics from Bindura University of Science Education, Bachelor of Commerce Economics Honors Degree from Midlands State University and an Executive Certificate in Program and Project Monitoring and Evaluation from University of Zimbabwe.  She is well vested in Econometric modelling, economic research and data analysis using excel and econometric softwares that include STATA, EVIEWS and SPSS. Her passion is in development economics, income inequalities, economic emancipation, development policy and public policy formulation.

Bernard Furidzo

Legal Advisor

Bernard Furidzo is a registered Legal Practitioner, Conveyancer and Notary Public. He has extensive experience in Family Law, Commercial Law, Succession Law and Conveyancing/Notarial practice. He practiced for seven years under Kanokanga & Partners. Currently, he is a partner at Marume and Furidzo Legal Practitioners. Overall, he has more than ten years’ experience as a lawyer.

Diana Tapedzanyika


She graduated with a Bsc in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management from NUST and is currently pursuing an MSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Zimbabwe. She has worked as an ecologist with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority, where she participated in several activities in the Climate Change Management Department including the development of the Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS).  In addition, she is a volunteer with the Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE). She has experience in sustainability consultancy, Safety Health Environment and Quality (SHEQ), environmental impact assessment (EIA) and she is a contributor in the Green Business Gazette where she writes articles on biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, renewable energy and environment.