Female Entrepreneur Nominee

Thabi K. Francis is a self made business woman who worked in banking for over 15 years in several positions. In 2014, she went to Gina’s College of Aesthetics and Glow Academy to train for her Nail Technology Diploma,  Aesthetics and Spa Management! She opened Flame Lily Nails & Spa in 2015 in Cambridge, Ontario. Beginning of 2016 she launched her own Gel And Nail Polish Beauty System under her company Flame Lily Distribution which she has supplied a few spas in her region as well as retail on Amazon. August of 2017, she launch her first collection Of the Flame Collection All-Wood Sunglasses which sold out leading into the second collection which was launched in January of 2018 all under Flame Lily Distribution. Thabi continues to inspire and help small businesses grow through her consulting company Flame Lily Consulting which she launched in 2016. In her spare time, she is a director on a couple Of not-for-profit organizations- The first being ZOINA (Zim Ontario Information Networking Association) where she is 1 Of 4 founding members. They have successfully facilitated 5 events and have helped many Zimbabweans new to Canada specifically Ontario with integration and settlement options. The second one is Vusisizwe, an organization that has educated kids from form 1 to form 6 in the Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe. Her work with the Zimbabwean community both in Canada and Zimbabwe has been nothing short of extraordinary and shows her commitment and passion in both Business and Philanthropy. She can be reached by email at info@flamelilygroup.ca or visit the website at www.flamelilygroup.ca for more details.

Female Entrepreneur Nominee

Shay Leonora Chinhengo

Creative professional with over 10 years experience in graphic design and creative consulting. Committed to providing innovative, impactful creative solutions that improve and maximize communication, productivity, visibility and profit through purposeful and beautiful design.

Channeling my love for the arts at a young age through ballet, modern dancing, painting and drawing, I knew early on that my passion for creativity would serve as an inspirational backdrop to my future endeavors.

Throughout the course of my career I have designed several publications as a part of a team and as an independent graphic designer, created numerous successful business identities and have been on the sets of many photo shoots working with some of today’s hottest celebrities and community leaders including Alicia Keys, Kevin Hart, Mellody Hobson and Lisa Price just to name a few.

“I strongly believe in creating beautiful work that serves a purpose. Passionate about art and design I find inspiration through my love of culture, people, nature, simplicity. We are surrounded with so much beauty if we choose to see it and appreciate it. I feel blessed that I am able to extend this beauty into my everyday life and the lives of others through my work, impacting peoples lives and making a difference.

With the understanding that the true meaning of a successful career is one that feeds into the spirit of others to help them look, feel and be their best I work diligently on any project to make sure that my creative services align with the purpose and essence of my clients and their goals.

“Seeing others succeed brings me joy. I believe my purpose is to help others succeed, fulfill their goals and dreams by using my God given gift of creativity to provide creative solutions. Producing beautiful work that yields results, increases visibility, provides growth and success for anyone I work with.”

 

Madeline Chadehumbe

Madeline Chadehumbe, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Zimbabwe (Harare, Zimbabwe). She did her pediatric residency at Michigan State University (Kalamazoo, MI) and completed her child neurology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Cincinnati, OH), where she gained further experience and training in neurophysiology as a neuromuscular specialist with skills in Electromyography (EMG).

Dr. Chadehumbe returned to Michigan State University to practice for five years, after which she spent a year working at All Children’s Hospital (St. Petersburg, FL), a Johns Hopkins affiliate. Over her career, she has built numerous programs, including headache and neuromuscular programs and a movement and spasticity clinic, botox treatment and was co-director of a stroke program. She prides herself as a General Neurologist with a passion to serve all the multiple facets of neurology. Her many interests include: Neurogenetics, Headaches, Neuromuscular neurology, Behavioral Neurology and Mitochondrial Neurology. She is current at CHOP and is accepting new patients.

Dr. Chadehumbe is Board Certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology and Board Certified in Pediatrics.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities like tennis, golf, hiking and kayaking.

https://www.chop.edu/doctors/chadehumbe-madeline-a#.Vj9hLl88KnM

Female Entrepreneur Nominee

Farai Simoyi

Founder/Creative Director

Farai Inc.

New York

From fashion designer to fashion executive, this global leader exemplifies the business of international fashion and development. Honored on the pages of FORBES, Essence, & Destiny Magazine and interviewed by the likes of SABC & BBC News, Simoyi’s purpose: “creating global fashion houses and developing emerging retail brands.”

Behind her, Simoyi has over 10 years of experience designing and consulting for celebrity fashion houses (where she oversaw production and manufacturing), accumulated esteemed awards, and toured the world speaking on global fashion developmental panels such as The Luxury Africa Fashion & Beauty Panel- hosted at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Reflecting Simoyi’s inner traveler, personal standards, and need for quality and ethical products, is her desire to bridge the gap between Global Consumers and African Made products. Also woven into her career experience is her passion for empowering women and young creative entrepreneurs through her global conversational platform, BLOOM Org.

shopfarai@gmail.com

Female Entrepreneur Nominee

Tanya Spandhla was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Growing up, her parents instilled in her the importance of growing your own produce. It is from this upbringing that inspired her to develop a passion for farming.  

Passion to Seed Gardening (PTSG), as the name suggests, was built out of love and passion for growing food without the use of any pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. We practice composting and use organic manure to enhance our plant growth.

PTSG came into being in 2015 through the New Farmer pilot project offered by Montgomery county in partnership with the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA)  The farm is situated in Gaithersburg, it offers a variety of ethnic vegetables to a spectrum of customers who come to the farm and shop for their fresh produce.  In essence, it is a “United nations of vegetables” because of the vast variety of produce grown.

Very little or no mechanization is practiced on the farm, so that means each and every plant has been individually planted and given some TLC (tender loving care) prior to getting onto theconsumer’s plate.

Preserving original taste of produce grown and growing it sustain-ably is our motivation and goal behind Passion to Seed Gardening.

 I am one of the farmers in Montgomery County Ag Reserve featured in this hard cover book titled Bread and Beauty-A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. 
Here is the link to the book publication
R IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S A
Book will soon be out on sale in a few weeks.
100% of the proceeds will benefit MCA (Montgomery Countryside Alliance-http://www.mocoalliance.org/about-us.html)
Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Nominee

Comedian Alfred Kainga originally from Zimbabwe Africa. Started doing comedy in the Dallas Comedy Scene in 2006 as an open micer but turned professional in 2010 after he caught the eye of local club owners and managers. His unique style of comedy is complimented by his African heritage which he talks about and also his experiences since moving to the US almost 16 years ago. Alfred is a guaranteed crowd pleasure who will leave the audience asking for more. He was a finalist in the Shaq All Star Comedy Competition in 2014 and also a finalist in the Funniest Comic in Texas Competition the same year. Alfred also performed in Universities and Colleges across the State of Texas.

Sports Personality of the Year Nominee

Coach Masiya

Jona is an educator and an experienced soccer coach. He is also a certified United States Soccer Federation referee (USFF). He joined South Berkeley Soccer (SBS) in 2014 as a head coach. He has won numerous championships since then.  See more at http://www.southberkeleysoccer.org/  In 2018, Jona donated soccer uniforms and sponsored a soccer tournament at Magombedze secondary school in Gutu, Zimbabwe. He is a fan of Manchester united. His achievements are as follows;

Championships won

SBS 2018 U12 Fall preseason tournament champion.

SBS 2018 U15 Spring Champion

SBS 2017 U12 Fall Champion

SBS 2016 U15 Spring Champion

Coach of the year SBS Spring 2016

Coach of the year SBS Fall 2016

Runner-Up

SBS 2016 U15 Fall runner-up

SBS 2017 U15 Fall Runner-up

SBS 2018 U12 Spring Runner-up

Academic Excellence Nominee

Dr. Praxidia Taruwinga Masenda

Since graduating from Capella University and earning a doctorate degrees in Public Health-Epidemiology and a Masters Clinical Psychology, Dr. Praxidia Taruwinga Masenda has helped rural schools in Zimbabwe from a variety of vantage points, including as an financial sponsor to over 200 students, providing mentorship programs from primary level to college level and continues to host international students within her home in Texas, as they come to the USA for college studies, author, board member, CEO, consultant, founder, incubator, lobbyist, professor, teacher, trainer, and volunteer. Dr. Masenda currently serves on the board of directors for a Non-profit organization that helps victims of HIV/AIDS in rural parts of Zimbabwe. She previously served as, among other things, as a Special Education Teacher and continues to serve as a Professor teaching graduate courses on Public Health, author of a guidebook on nutritional support models for people living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, now being implemented in local hospitals in Zimbabwe and public health advocacy. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Masenda has made more than 100 keynote and other presentations for a diverse range of groups. Numerous organizations have formally recognized Dr. Masenda’s commitment and professional contributions, and has been a recipient of over 5 awards including The National Dean’s List, International Scholar Awards. Through her public health ventures in the communities, educational networking for students, and counseling services; Dr. Masenda aspires and strives to strengthen communities and bring hope for a better tomorrow.

Dr. Chipo Dendere is a Consortium for Diversity Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College. Dendere has written extensively on Zimbabwean politics for both academic and non-academic audiences. Dr. Dendere studies democratization, elections and voting behavior in Africa as well as the impact of social media on politics.

CADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Chipo DenderePolitical Science Department Amherst College

 

2017-present Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Amherst College

2015-2017 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Gettysburg College

EDUCATION

2016 Ph.D., Political Science, Georgia State University
Dissertation: The Impact of Voter Exit on Party Survival: Evidence from Zimbabwe’s ZANU PFCommittee: Daniel. J. Young (Chair), Carrie Manning, Ryan Carlin, and, Eldred Masunungure (University of Zimbabwe)

2012 M.A., Political Science, Georgia State University
2008 B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Linfield College

RESEARCH

Refereed Publications

forthcoming Making North-South Collaborations Work. PS: Political Science & Politics (with Jaimie Bleck and Boukary Sangaré).

forthcoming The Impact of Voter Exit on Party Survival. In Oxford Handbook of Zimbabwean Politics, eds. Miles Tendi, Jocelyn Alexander, and JoAnn McGregor. Oxford University Press.

forthcoming: Finding Women in The Zimbabwean Transition. Meridians: Feminism, race and transnationalism
2018 Quality Peace in Mozambique. In Understanding Quality Peace: Peacebuilding after Civil War , eds. John

Darby and Madhav Joshi. Routledge (with Carrie Manning).
2018 Good Governance and Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities in Zimbabwe. In

Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects, eds. [Jennifer De Maio, Suzanne Scheld and Mintesnot Woldemanuel]. Routledge.

In Progress:

2018 No Money No Democracy. (Invited to revise and resubmit at African Affairs.)

2018 Tweeting to Democracy: A New Anti-Authoritarian Liberation Struggle in Africa. (Under review.) 2018 Fake News and Zimbabwe’s Non-Coup.
2018 International Generational Divides in African Women’s Narratives of Struggle. (Book chapter under contract in Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History, to be published by Oxford University Press.)
2017 For Want of Decency: Joice Mujuru, Grace Mugabe, and ZANU-PF’s Masculine Imperatives. (Under review; with Wendy Urban Mead.)

SERVICE AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Selected Op-Eds and Media Appearances

forthcoming Book Review: Migration and Development in Africa: Trends, Challenges and Policy Implications.Journal of the International African Institute.

forthcoming Book Review: Understanding Zimbabwe From Liberation to Authoritarianism. Journal of Modern African Studies.

2018 Robert Mugabe first appearance since the November 2017 Coup, interview with Al Jazeera2018 Thinking of President Trump’s comments on Africa, interview with CNN International
2017 Is Emmerson Mnangagwa the right man to lead Zimbabwe right now, Interview with CNN

International

2017 To understand the coup in Zimbabwe, you need to know more about Grace Mugabe. Monkey Cage,

Washington Post
2017 Robert Mugabe’s lucky break: he had Grade to act as a lightening rod. Interview with the Guardian2017 Mugabe to Mnangagwa – a real change? Interview with Euronews
2017 Mugabe is what happens when an authoritarian regime abides by its constitution. Monkey Cage,

Washington Post
2017 What’s next for Zimbabwe? Interview with Slate Magazine
2017 Zimbabwe created a new ministry to monitor social media. But most Zimbabweans don’t want government

monitoring. Monkey Cage, Washington Post
2012 Urban-Rural Differences in Voter Preferences among African Voters. University of Cape Town

Professional Service and Activities

2018 African Politics Conference Group Awards Committee
2018 North-Eastern Workshops on Southern Africa (NEWSA, Planning Committee Member

 

Eng. Philip C Bamu,PE, CEng, FIStructE, FZweIE, Pr. Eng.Principal & Senior Project Director, PCB International, LLC: www.pcbillc.com
Chairman, IIB DEVELOPMENT GROUP: www.iibdevelopmentgroup.com

Philip C Bamu, Principal and CEO of PCB International, LLC, has the responsibility for directing all technical and management functions of the firm. With nearly 39 years of international engineering experience, Philip began his engineering career with construction quality control as a Materials Technician with the Ministry of Roads in Zimbabwe back in 1972. Among the projects he worked on was the extension of the main runway and new taxiway at Bulawayo Airport in 1973 -74. Philip obtained his Civil Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1979 and a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1981. His early international work included road construction projects in Guyana, South America and the US between 1979 and 1981.

On returning to Zimbabwe in 1982, Philip joined the Harare office of BKS & Partners, where he helped with setting up the Structural Engineering Division. He took charge of design of a number of infrastructure and structural projects around the country and these included major assignments in Harare such as Morris Depot Lecture complex, the Army Staff College and Officers Mess.

In 1986, BKS & Partners changed ownership and became Young Bamu JenningsConsulting Engineers with Philip taking over as the Partner in charge of structural engineering. He moved up to the position of Managing Director in 1996 while he continued to head the structural engineering division. Among the major projects he designed during this period were industrial complexes (Bulawayo Dairy, Kadoma Glass Factory, National Foods Complex), prestigious office buildings (Nestle’ Head Office Harare, ZimRE Office Building Mutare, Phumula Center at Victoria Falls, Government Composite Office Block Harare,  the new NSSA Headquarters building in Harare, Masterplan for the Bindura University of Science Education and numerous residential apartment complexes for the Zimbabwe Mining industry Pension Fund. One of Philip’s biggest responsibilities was heading multi-disciplinary design teams on large projects, coordinating all aspects of the projects from conceptual design through construction supervision including contract administration. He is familiar with several international forms of contracts such as FIDIC, AIA,SATCC and ZGCC4.

In 2001 Philip moved to the USA, where he founded PCB International, LLC, PCBi, which provides complimentary international support to the sister office in Zimbabwe, CNM-YBJ Consulting Engineers. In addition to traditional structural engineering, PCBi, provides specialist engineering services including seismic analysis of structures, seismic bracing of non-structural components as well as design of Physical and Technical Security Systems for individual buildings and compounds. Under his direction, the firm currently provides these services on US Embassy projects all over the world. Since its inception in 2004, PCBi has been involved in over four-hundred projects of varying sizes and complexity in the US, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, Latin America and he Middle East.

Currently Philip is the Chairman of the Washington, DC based IIB Development Group(IIB-DG), a consortium of eight specialist forms providing turnkey project solutions in infrastructure and project financing. IIB-DG’s established its Cabo Verde office in 2017 as the hub for business development in the ECOWAS region as well as CPLP group (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa). IIB-DG has also established a second office in Equatorial Guinea with a focus on the CEMAC region. Included among the products and services of IIB-DG are innovative and affordable solutions in road construction, housing, energy and project financing. IIB-DG has recently been awarded three road projects on two islands in Cabo Verde featuring the use of their innovative GreenPave technology. In Equatorial Guinea, negotiations are in the final stages of concluding contracts for major housing and power projects by the consortium.

Outside routine engineering duties, Philip has taken an active role in the activities of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers from the late eighties becoming Fellow (1994) and the Institution’s President for the Year 1996-97. He served on a number of national boards including Air Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Council, UZ African Languages Research Institute, Zimbabwe National Manpower Advisory Council and the Bindura University of Science Education where he was Vice Chairman of Council. Philip is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK, and has been the Institution’s representative for the Washington, DC area since 2005.

Publications:

  1. 100 Years of Engineering Achievements in Zimbabwe, presented at the Centenary celebrations of the Scientific Council of Zimbabwe in 1997 (Bamu)
  2. Zimbabwean Civil Engineering History and landmarkspresented at the 2001 Annual conference of the American Society of Civil Engineering (Bamu)
  3. Long-term structural performance of reinforced concrete cooling tower shells – a review of 30 years of research, 2004, Second International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 5-7 July 2004, Cape Town, South Africa. (Bamu & Zingoni)
  4. Damage, deterioration and the long-term structural performance of cooling tower shells: A survey of developments over the past 50 years,Engineering Structures, Volume 27, Issue 12, October 2005, Pages 1794-1800. (Bamu & Zingoni)

Worldwide Service Areas Covered by PCB International, LLC

 

Community Champion Nominee

Rhoda Cassandra Sibanda is a self appointed volunteer community director aka organizer for the Zimbabwe Diaspora Community in the DMV metro area, a Senior Software Engineer at a fortune 500 Engineering-construction company, secretary for the Love Sisters Christian Group, board member of Women of Dominion International, board member of Christian Fellowship International and a chef at Cassandra’s Kitchen. She finds joy in using her talents to serve God and others.  She is also a Co-founder of Southern African Community USA (SACU) and currently serves on the board as a Director.

People’s Choice Nominee
Portia Kandemiri, lovingly known as “Sisi Poshy,” was born in Wedza, Zimbabwe as the first of nine children. Portia worked tirelessly to receive her education, and graduated with Honors in Business Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. She also assisted her siblings in attaining their education as well. She moved to the United States in 2004, where she quickly became an integral member of the community through her love for others. Since moving to the US, Portia has been a figure in the community, lending a hand wherever and whenever needed. If one visits Sisi Poshy, it is very hard to leave her place, because she is an excellent hostess. She is married to Journalist, Jonga Kandemiiri and they have two beautiful daughters, Tapiwa (26) & Tariro (22).
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further details.
Male Entrepreneur Nominee

Mr. Ashley Shumba was born on March 8 in Midlands Province. From 1996- 1999, he undertook film studies at UNESCO.

In 1999, Ashley Shumba was selected to represent Africa in Europe on an international youth exchange program, sponsored by European Commission, which saw him traveling extensively in England, France and Holland.

Ashley is a Trustee of Heal Southern Africa Foundation, a partner of a small construction company in Namibia, a shareholder of Guest Lodges in South Africa and Lesotho respectively.

Today, Ashley Shumba is pursuing Corporate Law and owns a transport company in America called “Ashley Shumba Trucking”. Visit: www.ashley-shumba.com

Academic Excellence Nominee

Dr. Wallace Chipidza

Dr. Wallace Chipidza holds a PhD in Information Systems from Baylor University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. He graduated with distinction at the University of Zimbabwe, where he studied Business Studies and Computer Science (BSCT). At the University of Arizona, Dr. Chipidza researched database optimization, code generation, and provision of cloud-based unstructured database services. Currently, Dr. Chipidza mainly researches the dynamics of social networks using simulation algorithms. His other interest lies in designing ICT based solutions to problems afflicting vulnerable populations in developing countries.

 

Currently, Dr. Chipidza is an assistant professor in the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University, where he teaches software development and research methods to Masters and PhD students.

 

Dr. Chipidza’s work has been published in multiple top journals including Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) and the Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS). His work has been included in the prestigious proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, and the Americas Conference on Information Systems, among other conferences. He has substantive industry experience in software development, including working for e-Solutions in Harare and Apollo Group in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Chipidza has research partnerships with various companies spanning the globe including a data analytics firm in Singapore and financial services firms in New York and Australia

Business of the Year Nominee

2Bros in the Kitchen! Well our name tells you a lot about us. We are two brothers cooking in one kitchen and we’re taking on the baking industry. Don’t let our age fool you. We are qualified geniuses who are combining our love for science, math and cooking and masterminding some out of this world desserts. Some people have said we should put a warning label on the packaging because our sweets are addictive. Please, do yourself a favor. Eat every last bite so you can go to bed with happy taste buds. Plus, you won’t be wondering if you should get up and eat the last few bites you were hoping to save to the next day. Go ahead, Cake it to the limit!

2 Bros in the Kitchen don’t just want a world filled with happy taste buds. We want people to have happy stomachs and hearts too. That’s why we partner up with non- profit organizations that provide meals for homeless, toys for children and funds for medical care. We are currently working with the JB Dondolo Foundation to raise funds for much needed repairs to a hospital in Zimbabwe.

Also, we know that life can be bitter sometimes. So, 2BrosITK are sprinkling a little bit of sweetness into the lives of unsuspecting individuals via our Pay-It-Forward Program. Our program is quite simple and ingenious at the same time. Customers simply buy an extra Cake In A Jar that we distribute randomly. Then, we ingeniously bless a charitable organization with a portion of the proceeds just like we do with all of our cakes in a jar. You may even get a mention when we post the picture of the recipient to our sites. It’s A Double Blessing!

If you see us around town in our orange Pay-It-Forward shirts, be sure to wave. You never know, you just might receive a Cake in a Jar that’s been PAID-FORWARD!

Marvelous Mhlanga-Nyahuye

Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye– Digital Media Guru/ International Broadcaster and Media Specialist On Women’s Issues.

Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye is a Media Specialist who works for the Voice Of America based in the United States and broadcasts to Zimbabwe. Marvellous was very instrumental in influencing the Zimbabwean government to start a repatriation process of human trafficked women and girls to the Middle East after she did an expose on the situation and helped source tickets from donors for the repatriation process. After this initiative the government then stepped in. She hosts of a weekly Radio to TV Women’s show called LiveTalk-Women’s RoundTable which openly discusses issues facing women in a live call-in show. One of Marvellous’s major highlights was covering the Africa Leaders’ Summit hosted by former President Barack Obama in Washington DC and the Mandela Young Africa Leaders’ Summit held annually that brings entrepreneurs from Africa including Zimbabwe to the United States for six weeks to share ideas. She covered protests by Zimbabweans in Washington and New York against then President Robert Mugabe’s rule and provided extensivecoverage during his fall from power. Marvellous has also covered the inauguration of US Presidents. She is active in social media and has been instrumental in growing the following on VOA Shona’s social media platforms.  Prior to joining VOA Marvellous was a public relations and marketing consultant. Her hobbies include volunteerism and travelling. She is a mother to son – Munashe.

 

 

People’s Choice Award

Portia Kandemiri, lovingly known as “Sisi Poshy,” was born in Wedza, Zimbabwe as the first of nine children. Portia worked tirelessly to receive her education, and graduated with Honors in Business Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. She also assisted her siblings in attaining their education as well. She moved to the United States in 2004, where she quickly became an integral member of the community through her love for others. Since moving to the US, Portia has been a figure in the community, lending a hand wherever and whenever needed. If one visits Sisi Poshy, it is very hard to leave her place, because she is an excellent hostess. She is married to Journalist, Jonga Kandemiiri and they have two beautiful daughters, Tapiwa (26) & Tariro (22).

Community Champion Nominee

Beatrice Savadye is a human rights activists, founder and director of ROOTS a young people led organization in Zimbabwe working to promote socio- economic justice for young people. Her Organization is running the Not Ripe for Marriage Campaign on ending child marriages in Zimbabwe. Beatrice backed the groundbreaking Constitutional Court Case that led to the ban of child marriage in Zimbabwe as of January 20 2016.

She has been active in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for youth for 9 years focusing on advocacy, information generation and sharing, facilitation and young women’s movement building. She has done her advocacy work at national, regional and international levels targeting the African Union and UN Processes focusing on the SRH rights of young people and the post 2015 agenda.

Beatrice was part of theSAfAIDS 2012 Young Women Leadership Program. Prior to that, she worked as Information and Advocacy Officer for Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) and led a successful campaign on sanitary wear (Deliver. Delayed Dignity) which successfully lobbied the government to eliminate duty 15% tax on sanitary wear materials in July 2012. She has organized networking meetings with parliamentarians in relation to youth SRHR. Beatrice was involved in the coordination and planning for the Test and Treat Campaign, Know your Status Campaign, STI campaign and Right to Respect campaign targeting young people from rural, peri-urban and urban communities as well as students in tertiary institutions. She has worked as a News Reporter for The Herald, a national newspaper in Zimbabwe.

She also acquired knowledge in voter education through her fellowship with the League of Women Voters of California and volunteer work in the past 2016 USA Election working at the Democratic Office.

Beatrice is passionate about helping organizations integrate blogging, social networking, and social media into SRHR programming for young people. She has participated in several capacity building trainings on leadership, sexuality, gender, rights, ICT’s, resource mobilization, youth adult partnerships, basic HIV counseling and treatment. Beatrice’s greatest strengths are her passion for young people’s SRHR, creativity, drive and leadership.

Male Entrepreneur Nominee

Stephen Mutizwa is a co-founder of Canada Mobile X-ray Inc. Mutizwa moved from Zimbabwe to Dallas Texas where he studied Radiological Sciences. He then proceeded to work in a level 1 trauma hospital in Dallas Texas as a Medical Radiation Technologist. His passion for business led him to move to Canada where together with his beautiful wife Miriam launched a Medical Mobile Diagnostic business (Canada Mobile X-Ray Inc.) which has taken the province of Alberta by storm. In 2012 his accomplishment in the Mobile X-ray field was recognised and he won The Most Outstanding Care Group in Over 50s Housing in Canada. Stephen believes we were all born to thrive not just survive. His faith in God is what gives him hope and strength, not only for himself but for all humanity

Canada Mobile X-Ray Inc. is a leading provider of mobile Diagnostic Imaging in Alberta Canada, with state of the art technology. We have a team of over 20 radiologists and an ever-growing team of Medical Radiation Technologists. We provide reputable radiology services to Long Term Care Facilities, Dialysis centres, sporting events and Occupational Testing (Oil fields and mining sites). For more info please visit our website: www.canadamobilexray.ca.