MMCZ Board Members
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Mr. Ambrose Made
Ambrose holds B.Sc. (Chemistry and Geomorphology) from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, and an M. Sc. (Aerospace Science and Geomorphology) from the International Institute for Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observations (ITC), The Netherlands, a Certificate in Advanced Course for Geologists using Space Technologies from the United States Geological Survey and the University of Arizona, USA, and a Certificate in Integrated Surveys for Natural Resources Management from the International Institute for Geo-Information and Earth Observation, The Netherlands. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Earth Materials, Germany, Visiting Scientist at the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA), New Mexico, and USA. He is a Founding Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences.
Ambrose has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the last 17 years as a programme specialist, and is currently the Project Coordinator for the UNDP/EU project of the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Chief Technical Advisor to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for eight years working on the business processes analysis in the then Ministry of Environment and Tourism. He led the team that transformed the Department of Natural Resources to the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), the Department of National Parks to the National Parks and Wildlife Authority. He facilitated the then Ministry of Mines and CIDA project on the Zimbabwe Mining Titles project (ZiMTEP). Mr Made has extensive experience in organisational transformations for efficiency and effectiveness and keen on introducing new technologies to organisations.
He has worked as a senior geologist at the Geological Survey (Zimbabwe) and the Department of Geological Survey and Mines in Swaziland. He has undertaken research and geological mapping in various countries including Swaziland, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States.
Ambrose was a member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe Committee that established the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), has been Chairman of the following Committees of the Research Council of Zimbabwe: National Committee on Science and Technology; National Committee on Informatics and Information Technologies; National Committee on Remote Sensing and GIS; Special Committee for the Development of the ZARNET.
Mr. Mabasa T Hawadi
Dr. Mabasa Temba Hawadi [B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Sc.] is the Director of Zimbabwe Geological Survey (ZGS) department of the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development since 2002.
Having spent more than 34 years at ZGS whose Key Result Area is Geo-scientific Data Generation, Mabasa has made significant contribution to Zimbabwe’s geoscientific database development and has given free geological consulting services to Government, miners and potential investors. He has conducted and monitored various types of mineral exploration activities making him familiar with operations in the whole mining cycle and also knowledgeable on the occurrence of various mineral resources in the country. In addition, he has an understanding of Government policies; administration and human resources issues; and budget planning and control.
Currently, Mabasa is a member of the Mining Affairs Board that monitors exploration and mining activities in country and the Zimbabwe School of Mines since 2002. He is also a non-executive Board member of a Government exploration company and a Council member of Solusi University in Zimbabwe. Previously he has been a non-executive Board member of two diamond mining companies and a uranium exploration company. He has chaired several technical committees.
Ms. Catherine Machokoto
Catherine, an Independent Earth Science Consultant has had an impressive impact with solid working experience as a geologist in several reputable organizations with strong research and writing skills. She acquired a Master of Science Degree in Computing in Earth Science from Keele University, UK and a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Zimbabwe. Catherine has authored several texts and unpublished reports on mine visits and these are housed at the Geological Survey Library. Her expertise has not gone unnoticed as evidenced through her occupying influential posts.
She has been a board member for the Mining Promotion Corporation since 2014; Independent Earth Consultant since 2012-Present. Catherine was an Earth Science Consultant- Geo-Resources (Pvt) Ltd from 2008 to 2012 and Technical Officer for the Research Council of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2008. She worked in various capacities at the Zimbabwe Geological survey between 1992 and 1997 after having obtained experience from Shabanie Mine as a student geologist.
Mr. Brains Muchemwa
Brains is an Economist and CEO of Oxlink Capital, a Financial Advisory Services company. He has a BSc Honours Degree in Economics and an MSc Economics Honours Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He has 14 years banking experience, having worked for the Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe, MetBank, Genesis Investment Bank of Zimbabwe and Zek Group International in South Africa.
Professor Amon Murwira
Amon has been a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Zimbabwe since 2013. He holds a PhD in Geo-information Science and Satellite Earth Observation for environmental systems analysis and monitoring from Wageningen University & International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC); an MSc in Geo-information Science and Satellite Earth Observation for Environmental Systems Analysis and Monitoring from International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands and a BA Honours in Geography from the University of Zimbabwe.
Amon’s work experience with the University of Zimbabwe spans from 1994 when he joined the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as an Ecologist. In 1998, he joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Science as part of the staff development fellowship. In 2004 Amon began his lecturing career which has seen him being appointed Chairman of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science in 2011, Associate Professor in 2013 and Full Professor in 2016.
To date, Amon serves as a Reviewer for the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE), is a Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences Fellow and member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe, African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), Geographical Association of Zimbabwe and Survey Institute of Zimbabwe. He has undertaken a number of commissioned GIS and Earth Observation projects.
Mrs. Bertha Muzangaza
Bertha is a holder of a Bachelor of Law Honours Degree (BL Hons) (UZ), and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) (UZ). She is a senior lawyer with 27 years of wide working experience covering Mining, Corporate, and Banking Law, General Criminal and Civil Law, as well as Women’s Human Rights Law. She is currently into Consultancy, specializing in Corporate, Mining and Banking Law issues. Bertha has previously held top executive posts with notable institutions. From 2012 to 2016 she was the Company Secretary and Legal Advisor for Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. She was the Chief Lawyer and Head of Legal Department of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from 2011 to 2012.
She has extensive experience in the civil service where she rose from being a regional magistrate to provincial magistrate in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, as well as director in the Legal Services Department of the Ministry of Local Government, National Housing and Public Works.
Bertha has served on various Boards throughout her working career, in the capacity of ordinary Member, Alternate Chairperson and Chairperson of the Legal, Risk and Audit Committee.