SANBio welcomes the BioFISA II Programme Manager
The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences welcomes the BioFISA II Programme Manager, Ms. Zvikomborero Tangawamira (MBA, MSc). As the PM, Zvikomborero will have an overall responsibility of the programme management and the effective implementation of BioFISA II activities.
Building on the successes of the BioFISA Phase I Programme through which the Government of Finland and the Government of South Africa jointly supported SANBio between 2009 – 2012, the second phase for the programme aims to further assist SANBio in its efforts to support an effective and dynamic regional research network, enhance human and infrastructure capacity, and develop and commercialise innovation products in health and nutrition. BioFISA Phase II focuses on extending the network activities and capacity building for sustainable SANBio network operations beyond 2019.
Zvikomborero completed a Master’s degree in Conservation Ecology and Planning from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been consulting in the environment and development sector since 2008. She recently also obtained an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy and thereafter worked with start-up companies in Italy before joining a consultancy firm in Finland and assisting in home office coordination of several multi-million euro development projects in Eastern Europe and Asia. Furthermore, she has previously worked on projects that are funded by various donor agencies and governments, including the World Bank, UN agencies such as UNDP, UNEP and UNIDO, GEF, GIZ, FINIDA and government ministries and agencies in countries such as South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Zanzibar, mainland Tanzania, Lesotho, and Kenya.
“My academic background gives me the ability to look at issues in a holistic manner, encompassing the four areas of sustainability: economics, environment, social and culture. Having worked as a project manager with different teams, and people from different cultures, I have developed a multidimensional approach to team work. As a managing director of a group of companies, I have also brought strategic guidance to the companies as well as the projects through participatory development methodologies in various fields,” Zvi elaborates, “now, I have to say that I’m really excited about the opportunity to apply my expertise to further the goals of both the organization and the programme as well as the cause of developing and promoting biosciences in Southern Africa.”