Emmanuel Magara, Co-founder
Emmanuel is a co-founder of Impact Africa Trust. Before attending college in the United States, he also co-founded DAPIA Investments, a small company that sought to provide educational science software to rural Zimbabwean schools. Having witnessed the struggles young entrepreneurs faced in Zimbabwe’s then hyperinflationary economy, he became interested in seeking ways to help promote development through a bottom-up entrepreneurial approach. In college he went back to Zimbabwe to meet university student community leaders and conducted a workshop on ways youth social entrepreneurs could use Internet tools to promote their ventures.
Emmanuel has worked on various leadership boards pertaining to development. He also served on a national committee geared towards improving cancer patients’ access to healthcare in Zimbabwe. He served on the board of directors for the Oberlin Hot Meals, an Ohio non-profit that provides meals to the homeless and economically disadvantaged members of the Oberlin community.
Among several awards and recognitions for his work, Emmanuel is a Harvard Medical School National Scholar, and Oberlin College Entrepreneurship Scholar and a national Bonner Scholar. He was also a recipient of the Oberlin College Creativity and Leadership Award for his initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe and the Shansi-In-Asia Award for his service project at an AIDS hospice in Penang, Malaysia. A talented chemist as well, Emmanuel was a recipient of the CRC Press Chemistry Award for excellence in Inorganic Chemistry, the Jewitt Fanning award for having “an unusual promise in Chemistry” and the Harrol Baker Scholarship for being an “outstanding” Biochemistry major.
Fairly competent in Chinese Mandarin and having traveled to and witnessed South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong’s healthcare-provision challenges and successes, Emmanuel is interested in collaboratively working with experts from around the world to come up with effective African healthcare solutions. He is currently in his final year of medical school at Harvard Medical School and plans to specialize in radiology.
Isaac Jonas, Founding Trustee
Isaac Jonas is a founding trustee for Impact Africa Trust. He has wide experience in the corporate and International Development sectors. Isaac’s expertise vary from strategy on International Development Policy, Food and Resource Farming, Market Entry on the African and emerging markets problem solving and customer fulfillment. Isaac has worked with International organizations such as the MasterCard Foundation, the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and Fortune 500 listed Amazon on various initiatives. A University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholar and United Nations Education First initiative, A World at School Global Youth Ambassador, his experience working with various groups goes beyond Africa. He is a holder of a first class Master of Food and Resource Economics degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He also holds Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
David Yohane, Board Chairman
David invites you to partner with us and consciously make this world a better place starting in Africa to all the corners of the world. He believes that this world will be a better place when we stand and work together. He is Zimbabwean by birth, Malawian descendant and Canadian by immigration, a gifted musician, entrepreneur father and a husband. David is the founder and CEO of Steamwise Cleaning based in Canada. He brings a whole lot worth of experience to our organization having lived in different countries including the UK before settling in Canada. David has worked and volunteered with several nonprofit organizations including the Salvation Army Canada. He participated in several community activities like feeding the homeless and fund raising for different organizations. At present David is a member of the Community Care Advisory board and also as a volunteer to driver. His passion and creativity for music has allowed him to write and record two albums and currently working on the third one. David hopes and believes that you are the change Africa needs.
Richard Barichello PhD, Board Member
Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979. He was Head of the UBC Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and from 2007 to 2014 was the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, UCalifornia-Davis, Leuven in Belgium, and ISEAS in Singapore. He worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, from 1986 to 1988, and has subsequently researched/taught in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Korea, and Ethiopia. He was President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 1999 and awarded the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, its highest honour, in 2008. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His work in development has focused mostly on trade policy, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis.
Marko Kwaramba PhD, Board Member
Marko Kwaramba is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, at the University of The Free State. His research interest lies in the broader field of international trade. Marko did his PhD coursework at the University of Cape Town before starting his PhD research at the University of Witwatersrand. He has taught at various Universities across Africa. He taught at University of Zimbabwe, University of Johannesburg and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Marko has been involved in various collaborative projects with colleagues at various universities in South Africa. Most of Marko’s research addresses current policy questions with the aim to assist policymakers adopt informed policies. Marko has also presented in many international and local forums. Marko is a member of the African Growth and Development Policy Modelling Consortium ( AGRODEP). AGRODEP positions African experts as leaders in the study of development issues in Africa and the broader agricultural growth and policy debate. He has also consulted with various international and local organizations such as the World Bank, Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC, USA and Trade and Development Studies Centre, Zimbabwe.
Tichaona Marume LLB, Board Member
Mr Marume is a duly registered Legal Practitioner, Conveyancer and Notary Public. Mr. Marume was born in Buhera and graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 2009. Prior to completing his degree he had a beneficial attachment at Sinyoro and Partners Legal Practitioners, where he acquired valuable experience in Legal Drafting. Upon completion of his LLB degree he joined Pundu and Company Legal Practitioners where he worked as an all round lawyer until June 2011 when he joined Matsikidze and Mucheche Legal Practitioners, a renowned labour and commercial law firm in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mr Marume is now an Associate Partner at Matsikidze and Mucheche Legal Practitioners since January 2013.
He has a special interest in Labour Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Civil litigation. Mr Marume is a born again Christian and is strong member of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe.
Mr Marume is married to Cleopatra, a lawyer with a degree from University of Zimbabwe.
Professor Chris Bennett, External Adviser
Over the past 30 years, Chris Bennett has worked mostly in Indonesia, but also in other Asian, African and Central American countries on decentralized governance of natural resources, with a special focus on forestry and agroforestry. His professional career began with diagnosis and treatment of tree diseases. A decade later, after working in multi-disciplinary research teams, his career shifted towards policy and institutional analysis …. from plant pathology to policy pathology. His analytical work has often revolved around understanding the root causes of unsustainability, notably the so-called three U’s of Uncertainty of Tenure, Undervaluation of Renewable Natural Resources and Under-regulation of Negative Externalities. In recent years, he has focused on the establishment of equitable spatial certainty to enable and sustain investments by rural communities and the private sector in renewable natural resources and energy. This has centered on the unifying and socially-cohesive value of shared water resources (the “blue thread”) within manageable and replicable sub-watersheds within administrative village clusters, nested within the wider river basin. Resulting inclusive landscape-based approaches thereby replace typically exclusive and overly-sectoral projects which can create divisive social jealousy among the unassisted. The key to success is engaging with key stakeholders, arguing for evident mutually-reinforcing environmental management and economic drivers in a virtuous growth and development cycle. The poverty-environment nexus is a special focus, specifically, how formal recognition of access by the poor to natural resources on which they depend can provide opportunities for them to harness their abundant and often untapped human, social and knowledge assets to both reduce their poverty and support wider sustainable growth and development — in short, “assets for the poor … the poor as assets”. Bennett practices and teaches university courses on project monitoring and evaluation to improve aid effectiveness through, “Project Monitoring and Evaluation for Timely Responses, (METR). METR is aimed at informing project implementers, beneficiaries and designers as well as policy-makers. It emphasizes outcome-based indicators, practical counterfactuals, shared learning among stakeholders (“what we thought we knew but experience proved otherwise”), and effective exit strategies (answering, “what will happen on the first day after the last day of the project?”.
Dalamuzi Mhlanga, External Adviser
Dalumuzi Mhlanga is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Lead Us Today. Over the last nine years, he has designed and directly delivered tailored leadership training programs to young people in Bhutan, Swaziland, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe. As such, Dalumuzi has developed a crisp understanding of the peculiarities of youth development work across national and socio-cultural boundaries.
In recognition of his strong and unique grasp of cutting-edge leadership concepts and ability to provide leadership training to people of all ages, Dalumuzi has served as a Teaching Fellow for three leadership classes at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, teaching Masters students, since August 2011. In 2012, Dalumuzi was named one of “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe” by Junior Chamber International, was identified as an “Emerging Global Innovator” by American Express and Ashoka and was profiled as one of the 22 most impressive students at Harvard University by Business Insider. In 2011, he received the prestigious 2011 College Social Innovator Award, conferred by Forbes.com and the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative. He is a StartingBloc and Sandbox entrepreneurship fellow, and currently sits on the board of the Waterford School Trust in the United Kingdom.
Dalumuzi holds a Bachelors degree with honors in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Masters in African Studies from the University of Oxford. He is currently studying on the MBA program at Saïd Business School as a Rhodes Scholar.
Thomas W. Ross PhD, External Adviser
Tom Ross is the UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy and Director of the Phelps Centre for the Study of Government and Business in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. An economist, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario and earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Professor Ross worked at the University of Chicago and Carleton University before moving to U.B.C. (in 1992) and spent a year as the first holder of the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau in 1990-91. His research in the areas of competition policy, regulation, industrial organization, experimental economics and public-private partnerships has been published in a number of scholarly journals. Professor Ross has also served as a consultant to a number of public and private sector organizations.
Fidelis Manyanga PhD, External Adviser
Dr. Fidelis Manyanga is a Ph.D. and business trained biosciences leader with a diverse and multidisciplinary background. Dr. Manyanga earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with special emphasis in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Portland State University (Oregon, USA). He also holds a BS degrees in Chemistry (Major) and Biochemistry (Major) from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, Dr. Manyanga is a Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry in the Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, USA. Prior to that, he managed several biotechnology and biosciences companies in the USA. In addition, Dr. Manyanga sits on advisory boards of several organizations, a recognition to his many achievements, significant contributions to industry, government entities, professional and business organizations.
Dr. Manyanga has extensive knowledge of Zimbabwe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he grew up. Previously, he worked as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) manager for World Links for Development (a World Bank supported initiative), that taught computers in the most rural communities of Zimbabwe. Such real life experience of working with poor communities makes him immediately productive to the Impact Africa Team. An entrepreneur, professor, researcher, and community leader, Dr. Manyanga provides leadership at the cutting edge of education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Manyanga has published books and several peer-reviewed articles available on public platforms like Google and Amazon.
When I thought of the idea of starting Impact Africa Trust, my university friend Emmanuel Magara quickly came to my mind because I thought it was important to have Zimbabweans with diverse experience at the helm of the organization. Although we are now based in North America, Emmanuel and I have remained connected to our roots in Zimbabwe and we both share the vision of a better Africa: an Africa that creates opportunities for all.
I obtained a life changing opportunity in 2014 thanks to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. I was given the opportunity to study for a masters degree in food and resource economics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I completed the program in August of 2015.
Reflecting on the development gap between Canada and Zimbabwe, I noticed how hard working rural farmers were and how little return they received from their efforts. I always wondered: why? I also saw first-hand how many academically talented young people like me struggled to raise school fees, and even when they completed their secondary education with flying colors, they ended up working in fields that were available to them – not because they loved it, but because it was the only option available.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program removed that financial obstacle and made me realize how much I could contribute to global development. I came to the University of British Columbia and I learned, I connected, got inspired and trained myself to see the world in a global view. And that’s when I came up with Impact Africa Trust.
Many young people across Africa have viable business ideas that could transform the continent’s development. However, needless to say, the major limitations they face include lack of capital and other above-mentioned factors to jumpstart and accelerate their business ideas.
To access capital from banks and other financial institutions like banks, there is need for borrowers to provide collateral security and capital in the first place. The borrowers, as in most cases need to match up the loan with some capital injection to have a shared risk. Banks who are potential financiers also need young people to meet the credit conditions that are meeting up the principal and interest payments for their loans. The stringent checklist is just not an exception for young people. This is where Impact Africa steps in with the wealth of experience in taking through the selected ventures to pass these stringent test. The targeted beneficiaries for Impact Africa Trust are the youth led ventures in agribusiness, education and healthcare.
Going forward, I believe I am part of the larger story to change the face of Africa. The future is not so far away from us: it is ultimately the sum total of those small, selfless decisions we make today. I chose to be among those young people who champion the positive story of development in Africa. Impact Africa Trust revives hope to the next generation of young social innovators- by walking them towards their vision- a vision of hope and community transformation!
Isaac is a MasterCard Foundation scholar and recent Master of Food and Resource Economics graduate from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Isaac is also the Co-Founder CEO for Impact Africa Trust and Strategic Business Advisor of the flagship UBC African Business Forum.