Mucha Mkanganwi

Occupational Position: CEO and Founder of Pulse Pharmaceuticals.

Pulse  is one of the leading Pharmaceutical Wholesalers in Zimbabwe. The company is also a shareholder of the largest private retail chain of pharmacies in Zimbabwe, Medix Pharmacies. Further to this, the company is into the distribution of laboratory equipment and consumables through its subsidiary Medtech Education and Laboratories.

Professional History

Prior to establishing Pulse Pharmaceuticals in 2005, Mucha was Group Chief Executive Officer of CAPS Holdings, then the largest listed pharmaceutical company in Zimbabwe. Having risen through the ranks over a 7-year period – during which he held several different financial, operational and business development positions – Mucha was appointed CEO aged 31, making him the youngest person to run a listed company in Zimbabwe.

Mucha is the Chairman of Leap Namibia, a company that is into clothing retail (My Republik), clothing manufacturing and farming (Leap Agribusiness) in Namibia.

Mucha serves on the Board of Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe.

Mucha Chairs the Board of The BOOST Fellowship, which is the largest private-sector mentoring initiative for High School and University students in Zimbabwe. It has the support and active participation of most CEOs and senior managers in Zimbabwe. Related to this, Mucha is Chairman of Enactus Zimbabwe. Targeting university students, Enactus is the largest organisation in the world focused on encouraging entrepreneurship that transforms communities. He is also the President of Marlborough High School Old Students Trust.

Mucha has served on several Boards, including the local Global Funds Board (CCM). He has also served in roles such as the Deputy Chairman of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries’ Economic Affairs Committee and Chairman of Zimbabwe Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Association.


Liberty Mhlanga

Dr. Mhlanga was awarded his first two degrees at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA majoring in Biology.  After completion of his studies he returned to Zimbabwe were he was a teacher for 4 years and then he left Zimbabwe again for his Doctorate in Ecology at Columbia University in New York.
After holding many other successful posts and facilitating workshops on the environment all over the world, Dr. Mhlanga returned to Zimbabwe in 1981 after independence.  He has had a colourful life filled with success and accomplishments and is an inspiration to the younger generation.

 


Bothwell Patrick Nyajeka

BOTHWELLBothwell Patrick Nyajeka is the Chief Executive Officer of Sable Chemical Industries Limited, a subsidiary of Masawara plc. Sable is the sole manufacturer of ammonium nitrate fertiliser in Zimbabwe.

Bothwell joined the Masawara Group in 2004 as Group Chief Finance Officer of TA Holdings Limited, a position he held until 30 September 2015.

He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters’ degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

 

 

 


Peter Kadzere

Peter Kadzere is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Economics Honours degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) both from the University of Zimbabwe.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS) and is a registered Public Accountant.  Peter has thirty years of progressive experience in the Insurance, Pensions and Financial Services sectors, of which 20 years have been in executive management. He is a highly motivated professional, visionary, entrepreneur & business leader with extensive experience in investments, fund management, banking, finance, strategy formulation and implementation.

Peter is the Managing Director Smartvest Wealth Managers having previously been the Head of Asset Management and Stockbroking at the Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group. He also had a stint as the Managing Director for Fidelity Life Asset Management and Deputy General Manager of the Local Authorities Pension Fund. Prior to that Peter worked for First Mutual Life various capacities before leaving in 1995 as an Investment Analyst.

Peter has sat on a number of committees of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators which culminated in him being nominated to ICSA Council in 2004 and became the Institute’s President for the period 2007/2008.  He was the International Representative of the Institute (2010 -2012) hence he sat on the ICSA International Council head quartered in London, United Kingdom.

He previously sat on the Boards of Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited and Turnall Zimbabwe Limited among others.  He was Chairman of FMRE Property & Casualty (Private) Limited for 7 years and currently sits on the boards of Lotteries and Gaming Board; Competition & Tariffs Commission and Boost Fellowship. He Chaired the Association of Investment Managers in Zimbabwe and is a Councilor of the Zimbabwe Association of Pension Funds (ZAPF) Council.

Peter is married and has four children. He is a keen golfer and a farmer.


John Bere

John is a seasoned banker by training and profession and a serial entrepreneur, having worked in several financial institutions and across varies facets of financial services.

He has gone on to venture into several business initiatives using his banking experience and entrepreneurial skills to bring like minded people together to transform African ideas into global realities.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Banking from the National University of Science and Technology and is in his final year studying towards a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa.

 

 


Anthony Mandiwanza

Anthony Mandiwanza is the Group Chief Executive of Dairibord Holdings Limited, a manufacturer and marketer of quality nutritious liquid milks, food and beverage brands.

The company is listed on the stock exchange and has two operating subsidiaries namely Dairibord Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Dairibord Malawi (Private) Limited and four (4) property owning companies.

Dairibord Holdings Limited is owned by a diverse shareholder base the largest shareholder being employees whose equity is in excess of 20%.

Anthony Mandiwanza was trained at The West of Scotland Agricultural College where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Dairy Technology and Food Science. He also holds an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe.

He is a past President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) having led the organisation for two consecutive terms and during his tenure, the private sector played a pivotal role in championing the interests of industry.

Anthony is a past President of the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ). He also sits on the following boards:

  • Dairibord Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries e [Dairibord Zimbabwe (Private) Limited and Dairibord Malawi (Private) Limited, NFB Logistics (Private) Limited]
  • Barclays Bank Zimbabwe – Chairman
  • TSL (a Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed company) – Chairman
  • Whiteley Investments – Chairman

Anthony Mandiwanza is also a MENTOR in the iam Creativity and Innovation programme.


Emma Fundira

Emma Fundira was born in Lusaka, Zambia and was educated in England. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She has worked as an assistant lecturer in Economics and has worked as a Project Finance Manager and Corporate Finance Manager with Standard Chartered Merchant Bank.

She worked for Standard Chartered Merchant Bank and then Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Limited where she was a co-founder of the Merchant Banking Division.  She rose to the rank of Director, Merchant Banking in 2001.  She left Barclays Bank in 2003 to set up Finesse Advisory Services (Private) Limited, where she is a co-founder and Managing Director.

Emma has also participated in the Fortune 500 Women in Leadership Programme in the United States of America. She is also a recipient in the Banking and Finance Category of the Women in Enterprise Awards of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC). 

DIRECTORSHIPS HELD 

PREVIOUS 

  • Director of Takura Ventures Board – 2000 to 2003
  • Director of United Touring Group – 2003 to 2004
  • Director and Chairperson of Caps Holdings Limited – 2003 to 2005 

CURRENT 

  • Director of CIMAS Medical Aid Society Board

– CIMAS Medical Aid Division Chairperson

– CIMAS Marketing and Communications Member

  • Director of Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe

      – Barclays Credit Committee

      – Chairperson Barclays Bank Audit Committee Member

  • Board of Governors for St. John’s Preparatory School and College

– St John’s Finance Committee Member

  • Director of Nampak Holdings Limited

– Nampak Audit Committee Member

  • Director of The BOOST Fellowship
  • Trustee of African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)

– AWEP Treasurer

Emma Fundira is married to Emmanuel Fundira and have two children Tarisiro and Samukeliso.


Jimmy Psillos

Demetri was born in Harare in 1966, he finished his A levels at St Georges College and then read Mathematics at Oxford University.

After Oxford he worked in London in the mergers and acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley, a US Investment Bank. He then did some consultancy work for Prudential Insurance before returning to Zimbabwe in 1992 to join Crystal Candy, the family business.

Demetri is actively involved with the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries and chairs the Economics and Banking Committee of the chamber.

In his spare time Demetri enjoys playing golf and is a member at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club.