Zimbabwe Achievers Awards

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (Z.A.A.) was founded in 2010 by Conrad Mwanza. Z.A.A. is the pinnacle of celebration of talent, art, business, expression and achievement in the Zimbabwean community throughout a very broad spectrum of genre, born out of a simple vision. The Z.A.A is a distinctly special awards ceremony seeking to recognise Zimbabweans who have pushed the limits against all odds to raise the Zimbabwean flag high and do both themselves and their fellow countrymen proud. The Z.A.A. has become one of the most important events in the African community.

Our Vision is to:

  • Recognise and reward the contributions of Zimbabweans to the UK Community.
  • Celebrate the success of African Migrant contribution
  • Highlight the positive contributions Zimbabweans make to the UK Community
  • Create understanding and resonate national harmony by highlighting the positive aspects and impacts of multiculturalism
  • Highlight United Kingdom as a key destination to create and sustain business across all sectors of industry, despite race, colour, religion and cultural background.
  • Highlight the collective migrant spirit in United Kingdom, and celebrate the diversity of the UK

ZAA UK Advisory Board

Dr Knox Chitiyo Africa Fellow, Chatham House,

Dr Knox Chitiyo is currently the Africa Fellow with the Royal Institute for International Affairs at Chatham House. Prior to joining Chatham House in 2012, Knox was the Africa Fellow and Head of the Africa Programme at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, from 2007 to 2011. Before coming to the UK in 2005, Knox, a Zimbabwean, was Senior Lecturer in War Studies and History at the University of Zimbabwe from 1992- 2003. During this time, he also co- founded the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) at the University of Zimbabwe and was the Deputy Director of the CDS from 1995- 2003. Knox has also taught on the Joint Command and Staff Course (JCSC) at the Staff College in Zimbabwe and at the Gweru Military Academy.

Knox has published on Zimbabwean, Southern African and wider African defence and security issues in academic and popular media. He has also been a regular interviewee on African issues on Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky and other news channels. Knox’s current portfolios include: Chairman of the Britain – Zimbabwe Society(BZS); Board Member (since July 2012) of the global NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Knox is also on the SADC affiliated Southern Africa Defence and Security Network [SADSEM]. Knox is also a board member of the African Diaspora Group, an advisory group to UK policy-makers. Knox won the 2010 BEN/Sky TV Diplomat Award for “Contribution to Diplomacy”. In 2012, Knox has been on the Zimbabwe Olympics Committee as its UK representative; he also established and Chairs the Zimbabwe Diaspora Olympic Support Network (ZDOSN).


Adiel Mambara-  Royal Brunei Airlines Country Manager UK and Ireland

A tenacious professional with extensive and unparalleled knowledge of the aviation industry Mr. Adiel Mambara BA (Hons), F.Inst.TT is a Zimbabwean who has been working in the travel Industry for the past 23 years. Mr. Mambara has held senior management positions over the years, working for British Airways Travel shops and Business Travel Management in the UK.

In 2016 he was promoted from the position of Sales and Marketing Manager UK and Ireland to Country Manager UK and Ireland for Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), being the first and only Zimbabwean to hold such a post in the UK with Royal Brunei Airlines. The post he currently holds. In 2017 Adiel had some notable achievements that included being awarded the Professional of the Year Award by the Zimbabwe Achievers award committee and also became the first graduate of the Master of Science in Travel Business Leadership at the Leeds Beckett University. Upon successfully completing the course, Adiel was announced as the winner of the prestigious Institute of Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Award.

Adiel is also a part time Associate Staff Member for the Leeds Beckett University where he mentors students the Masters programme for Travel and Tourism, Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and Committee member for the Foreign Airline Association United Kingdom.


Taponeswa Mavunga –  Columbia Records – Head of Publicity  

Taponeswa began her music career as a receptionist before rising to become a senior publicity manager at Atlantic Records UK where she oversaw and won awards for a talented roster that included Ed Sheeran, Jay Z, Sean Paul, Estelle and Rudimental.

The Zimbabwean briefly moved from London to South Africa for a couple of years to be the head of talent and music for MTV Africa and BET Africa. She is now the Head of Publicity at Columbia Records UK and a passionate champion of the Afrobeats movement



Dorcas Gwata – Global Mental Health Specialisty

Dorcas is an award winning Global Mental Health Specialist working in a Public Health role looking at mental health needs in young people and families involved in gangs in London, many of whom are from minority backgrounds. Her research extrapolates culturally adjusted methods of engagement from the Zimbabwean Friendship Bench Mental Health Project into her public health role in London. .

Dorcas is a of the leading Global Mental Health expert, she has worked extensively across East and Southern Africa, recently contributing to a UK Parliamentary Paper on the evaluation of the last Ebola crisis in West Africa. She is a visiting Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Kings College University, in London. She is a Trustee for Zimbabwe Health Training Support Diaspora Charity (ZHTS) and a Mental Health Adviser for AFRUCA Charity. She is a co-founder of the Global Health Cafe, a first African led global health intiiative that brings together global health enthusiasts.

 Dorcas supports African artists, sponsors the National Merit Arts Awards (NAMA Awards) in Zimbabwe and continues to support grassroots artists in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. She is a friend of Tyburn Gallery in London, Dorcas is a regular African Affairs Analyst on various media platforms such as the Arise TV, and BBC Africa.

She runs her own blog Tribal Sands, http://www.tribalsands.com/


NKOSINATHI  ZVIMBA – MD eZimtech Distributors

Nkosinathi “Natty” Zvimba is the Managing Director of eZimtech Distributors a world-leading marketer and Industrial components distributor to Africa of Power tools & Connectors, Electrical products, Automation & Cables, Chemical, Mechanical Products & Industrial Tools, Mining equipment, Industrial Valves, Test Equipment & Health and Safety Equipment and Oil & Gas products consumables.
I am an experienced Business Leader with a track record in delivering outstanding results across sales, business development, Social Media Marketing, Technical marketing and e-commerce, particularly in the electronic Engineering, Mining Sector, Oil & Gas and sectors.
I actively participate by leading strategic initiatives across all eZimtech business units and its procurement teams. I am always responsible in challenging and directing global procurement strategies and commodity negotiations to ensure maximum enterprise benefit.

I am an effective communicator with excellent strategic leadership and management skills supported by strong business development acumen and the ability to interact with project Engineers, clients, senior management and logistic agents. I am a creative problem-solver with the ability to build and manage teams, delegate authority and develop employee talents. My international business experience is my advantage as I have worked in the African, European, North American and the Middle East Markets www.ezimtech.com


Nicola Holden – Lead Designer 

Nicola Holden is an interior designer and owner of Nicola Holden Designs. Over the past decade, Nicola Holden Designs has made a name for itself by creating contemporary interiors that are synonymous with relaxed luxury, eclecticism and humour.  The end result is a home that feels ‘designed’ but not at the expense of familiarity, homeliness or function.

Nicola’s designs are influenced and inspired by her Zimbabwean roots and love of international travel.  Her background in engineering gives her a keen eye for practical solutions and ergonomically functional design, and these practical elements are effortlessly blended into her designs.

 Nicola’s London-based practice has a portfolio that spans commissions in London and the Home Counties, Cheshire and Southern Africa, and includes private homes, cafes and bars, property developers and embassies.  Her work has been featured in national magazines, and recently in ZimAbroad.

In 2016 Nicola was included in BoConcept’s ‘Ones to Watch 2016’ List which recognises some of the UK’s brightest and best furniture and interior designers. Nicola is recognised as an influential ambassador of the interior design industry, regularly writing about design for magazines and blogs. She is an active member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

She is also a proud trustee of the charity Makomborero which supports talented but disadvantaged Zimbabwean students, allowing them to complete their A-level studies and go on to win scholarships at international universities. In 2016, Nicola won the Zimbabwe Achiever’s Award (ZAA) for Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Makomborero Trust won the ZAA for Community Organisation of the Year.

 http://www.nicolaholdendesigns.co.uk/                   http://www.makomborero.info/