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Acting Chief Executive
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Mr Givemore Chidzidzi is the Acting Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). Mr Chidzidzi holds....

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Mr Givemore Chidzidzi is the Acting Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). Mr Chidzidzi holds of a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) Degree majoring in Tourism and Transportation from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the City University, Bellevue, Washington, USA. He served in the Diplomatic Field as Tourism Attaché for Zimbabwe responsible for Continental Europe and based in Frankfurt, Germany from 1996 – 2001. He returned to Zimbabwe after his tour of duty as Marketing and Communication Director for the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, the organisation he has remained loyal to up until this day. He rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, a position held since 2010 interspaced with several stints as Acting Chief Executive.

 

Tes Proos
Founder – Crystal Events Africa

Tes Proos is the founder of Crystal Events Africa, a Cape Town based DMC but operating ....

Tes Proos is the founder of Crystal Events Africa, a Cape Town based DMC but operating in many African countries. She is also the president of the SITE Africa chapter (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence). It is the only association dedicated to motivational travel. In addition, she is the Chair for the new South Africa Events Council, which is a coalition of 13 industry association, collaborating and lobbying for the industry to open as soon and safely as possible.

Acting Executive Director
National Convention Bureau (ZTA)

Pauline is the Acting Executive Director for the Zimbabwe National Convention Bureau (ZNCB). She joined ....

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She joined the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in 2002 as a Marketing Assistant stationed in Victoria Falls. She has worked in different portfolios within the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority but mainly in the destination marketing Division. She joined the ZNCB team at the inception of the ZNCB in 2013. She is passionate about marketing and positioning Zimbabwe as a must visit destination to both leisure and business travellers. She is a holder of MSc Marketing from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), BA in Marketing from the IMM Graduate School and a Diploma in Travel and Tourism from the School of Hospitality and Tourism (Bulawayo Polytechnic). Pauline enjoys cooking, travelling and photography.

 

Ayse Behcet
Head of Marketing at Rogue & Associates

Ayse is a highly creative and multi-skilled marketing professional with over 17 years of experience in....


Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Her knowledge and expertise spans across a diverse range of industry sectors, including TV, Broadcasting and Media, B2B and B2C Exhibitions and Events, Hospitality, Sports, Healthcare and Retail. She has managed the marketing,growth and engagement for The Dubai World Trade Centre, ESPN TV (EMEA), DMG Events, WILMINGTON PLC and Woolworths UK, to name but a few. In her capacity as the Head of Marketing, Ayse demonstrates her expertise in hosting virtual events, showing a deep understanding of the digital landscape and its innovative ability to constantly improve consumer experiences to solve commercial challenges and drive commercial growth.

Fungai Kush Zvirawa
Founder & CEO Khaya Defero

Is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of one of Zimbabwe’s fastest growing marketing ....

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and strategic communications companies as well as Khaya Defero, one of the most successful local event and arts management companies over the past decade. She holds a BSc (Honours) Degree in Communications and Media Studies from Brunel University. Affectionately known as Kush from the gold rich Egyptian region of Kush, she has fittingly accrued over 15 years’ experience in senior marketing, strategic communications and public relations roles across 2 continents. Before setting up her own shop, Kush worked for Kazoo (UK), Nonstop Promotions (UK) and Joe Public (Zimbabwe) where she has held positions including Communications Director, Senior Account Executive and Client Relations Manager.

 

Walter Wanyanya
Owner & CEO – Ngoma Nehosho

Walter Wanyanya has been the artist manager for Dr Oliver Mtukudzi for the past 3 year up to the time ....


Walter Wanyanya has been the artist manager for Dr Oliver Mtukudzi for the past 3 year up to the time of his passing in January 2019. He took over the management and running of the Tuku Music brand that’s saw Dr Mtukudzi and his band do numerous tours in the USA, Europe and throughout Africa. Walter Wanyanya was also working with another African legend Dr Hugh Masekela for the past 8 years and he partnered with him as executive producer to the last studio project with him that is yet to be released. Walter Wanyanya has also been active with the Cape Town Jazz Festival and has produced two shows on their main stage in 2018 and 2019.

Tawanda Gusha
Director Airports – Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe

Tawanda Gusha is the Director of Airports at the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe responsible for ....

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responsible for airport infrastructure development and management, airport marketing and business development as well as airport real estate management. Tawanda has 22 years of experience in aviation having joined the then Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) as a Trainee Air Traffic Controller before moving into airport management where he rose through the ranks to his current position of Director of Airports. Tawanda holds an MBA from the Midlands State University (MSU) as well as a Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Bachelor of Science (Gen.)

 

Dr Nick Ndebele
Acting General Manager – ZITF

Nick is the Acting General Manager of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company which is the leading ....


Nick is the Acting General Manager of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company which is the leading international exhibition organiser in Zimbabwe that owns the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre (ZIEC). The ZIEC is the only purpose-built exhibition facility in the country that is also adaptable for a variety of other uses such as conferences, events and functions. As part of his long professional career, Nick joined ZITF Company in 2017 as a Sales Executive after working in Sales, Marketing, and Distribution for Old Mutual, Population Services International Zimbabwe, Telecel Zimbabwe, and Delta Beverages.

Kumbi Chiweshe
Chief Explorer - The Victoria Falls DMC

Kumbi Chiweshe, founder of incentive travel and conference specialist The Victoria Falls DMC, ....

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Kumbi Chiweshe, founder of incentive travel and conference specialist The Victoria Falls DMC, is a seasoned tourism professional whose experience includes an exciting sojourn in the wonderful world of hotels having worked for two Leading Hotels of the World properties in Harare and Washington, DC. Now making a second return to his first love, incentive travel, conferences and meetings, Kumbi and his talented team are leading the charge to restore Victoria Falls as one of the most desired business events (MICE) destinations in the world.

 

Doris Parsons
Managing Partner & Chief Communications Officer of SRC Agency - Tanzania & Rwanda



Doris has a wealth of experience in Corporate Communications gained from working in the Oil & Gas ....


Doris has a wealth of experience in Corporate Communications gained from working in the Oil & Gas, Banking, as well as Hospitality & Conferences with Hilton UK, Radisson Group UK, Thistle Hotel Group UK. Doris is currently a Managing Partner and Chief Communications Officer of SRC Agency, a Communications and Conferences firm with offices in Tanzania and Rwanda. Her mandate is to spearhead the company’s growth within the Business Tourism & MICE market in Africa, as well as nurture strategic relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Clive Chinwada
President – Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe

Clive is the current president of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe ....

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Clive is the current president of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe and also immediate past president ZNCC Manicaland region. He is a holder of an MBA and BSc in Tourism & Hospitality Management degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. He has vast hospitality experience spanning 17 years starting in the events industry at the Harare International Conference Centre mid-2002.

 

Esmaré Steinhofel
Regional Director: Africa International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)



Esmaré currently fulfils the role of Regional Director for Africa for the International Congress and Convention ....


Esmaré currently fulfils the role of Regional Director for Africa for the International Congress and Convention Association. Her key focus is to deliver ICCA services, products and events, for the recruitment and retention of members and for maintaining and enhancing ICCA’s reputation and awareness amongst target markets. She has extensive experience in the international marketing and sales arena. Before joining ICCA, she managed the International Sales portfolio at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Prior to her joining the CTICC she worked at Arabella Starwood South Africa, promoting the 5* Westin Cape Town and the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa.

Marc Reading
Business Development Talking Stick Global

Marc is the company founder of Talking Stick Global, with over forty years of tourism marketing experience ....

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Marc is the company founder of Talking Stick Global, with over forty years of tourism marketing experience in a variety of senior management positions. His experience covers international tour operations, hotel group marketing, boutique hotels and lodges, and adventure tourism. He provides a wealth of knowledge to clients, innovative strategic planning, and years of contacts. Marc’s tourism career started in in the 1980, s and he has a long affiliation with Zimbabwe, staring in 1988 working for Cresta Hotels in International marketing and then establishing the Cresta Groups South Africa sales, marketing and reservations office.

 

Firstme Vitori
Air Zimbabwe PR and Corporate Communications



Esmaré currently fulfils the role of Regional Director for Africa for the International Congress and Convention ....


Firstme is a professional public relations and communications specialist, marketer, speaker, trainer and life coach with more than 24 years' work experience in diverse industry sectors including aviation, broadcasting, manufacturing, service, and retail. She was the founding secretary of the Business and Life Coaches Association of Zimbabwe (BLCAZ) Board in 2016. She also has a passion and social investment towards the education, skilling and empowerment of young vulnerable mothers across societal backgrounds.

Lizzie Adams
Area Manager - Midlands Region Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Ms. Lizzie Adams is the Area Manager for the Midlands region and holds a B.COM degree in Tourism ....

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Ms. Lizzie Adams is the Area Manager for the Midlands region and holds a B.COM degree in Tourism Management from UNISA. She has been with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority since 2007 starting from the Bulawayo Regional office before moving to head the Gweru office. She has been actively involved in a number of events hosted by the Midlands Province, such as the National youth and Paralympic games as the Marketing Manager. Lizzie has a passion for tourism and is dedicated and driven to serve those in the industry and beyond. A mother of three children whose hobbies are travelling, reading and playing golf.

 

Enoch Masimbe
Divisional Sales Manager - Resort Hotels ,African Sun

Enoch Masimbe is the Divisional Sales Manager (Resort Hotels) for African Sun Ltd. African .......


Enoch Masimbe is the Divisional Sales Manager (Resort Hotels) for African Sun Ltd. African Sun is Zimbabwe’s leading hotel asset Management Company with a portfolio of 11 hotels, charity casinos and a Sun Leisure Touring company, operating among the hotels internationally recognized brands. Enoch has 11 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing and joined the group in 2009 under the Graduate Management Development Program and steadily growing in the tourism and hospitality industry. Enoch Holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management as well as a Bachelor of Tech (Honors) Degree in International Marketing from the Chinhoyi University of technology.

Mr. Tawandah Munambah
Head of Planning and Investments Promotion Zimbabwe Tourism Authority



Mr. Tawandah Munambah is the Head of Planning and Investments Promotion at the Zimbabwe ....

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Mr. Tawandah Munambah is the Head of Planning and Investments Promotion at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority since 2018. Tawandah completed his first degree in 2005 and worked in private and public entities in real estate, property development and project management. In 2007, Tawandah joined Zimbabwe Tourism Authority as a Senior Researcher in Planning and Policy matters. He has vast experience and experience stretching over a decade in tourism planning and development, project management and appraisal, corporate and business strategy formulation, valuation and investment promotion and structuring.

 

Tino Kambasha
Portfolio Analyst - Imara Asset Management Zimbabwe



Tino Kambasha began his career as a portfolio analyst at Imara Asset ManagementZimbabwe. He spent the greater ....


Tino Kambasha began his career as a portfolio analyst at Imara Asset Management Zimbabwe. He spent the greater part of this journey constructing and trading institutional portfolios with significant regional exposure. He spent 13 years working at Imara Capital Zimbabwe, which houses the largest independent asset management and market leaders in both Corporate Finance and Stock Broking. He gained experience and rose through the ranks and became a Director at Imara Edwards Securities, a position held for 8 years. Tino is currently the Chief Investments and Corporate Affairs officer at the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDΛ).

Tersh Mahiya – Makamanzi
Group Sales & Business Development Manager – Cresta Hotels



Tersh Mahiya, is a seasoned, passionate, and experienced Hotelier and Marketer, with a career spanning ....

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Tersh Mahiya, is a seasoned, passionate, and experienced Hotelier and Marketer, with a career spanning a period of over fifteen years. She has had the opportunity to work with the three major hotel groups in Zimbabwe, in which she has held positions in various departments within the hotel industry. Holder of an MBA with the University of Gloucester, she is currently the Group Sales and Business Development Manager for Cresta Hotels.

 

Tsvakai Chipato
Business Development Executive - Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority



Tsvakai Chiwunya is a Business Development Executive at Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife ....


Tsvakai Chiwunya is a Business Development Executive at Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). She has over 18 years’ experience in the tourism industry having started her career with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and now occupies a senior managerial role with Zimparks. Her role is investment facilitation and product development for photographic and non-consumptive tourism ventures whose revenues play a critical role in financing conservation. Tsvakai is part of a vibrant Zimparks team that has facilitated several new investments and manages a portfolio of existing business relationships with the private sector.

Caspar Venter



Growing up around the world as the son of a diplomat, Caspar Venter’s heart always remained with ....

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Growing up around the world as the son of a diplomat, Caspar Venter’s heart always remained with his roots, as a 9th generation South African. A passion and commitment to Africa, combined with a global awareness and desire to share some African spirit in Germany, naturally led to the opening of Venter Tours in 2003 in Neubrandenburg. Venter Tours is an African specialist tour operator, with a dedicated team of 15 Africa-converts that tailor make safaris throughout the continent – from Indiana Jones adventures in the Congo to 4x4 expeditions through Namibia, and of course cherished journeys in his homestead South Africa.

 

Valencia Dingani - Reservations Manager Love for Africa



A creative Reservations Manager with Love for Africa, with experience in an array of tasks in the ....


A creative Reservations Manager with Love for Africa, with experience in an array of tasks in the Tourism Events Industry. An event planner, with a friendly approach and strong communication skills which allows to build rapport with guests, tour operators, staff and guides thereby improving efficiency and boosting events tourism business. Based Southern Africa based at head office in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe .

Winnie Muchanyuka
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe President



Winnie Muchanyuka, is President of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe and was elected ....

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Winnie Muchanyuka, is President of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe and was elected into office in 2018. She also serves as Regional manager for Southern Africa of South African Airways. She previously served as a vice president of the Council since 2016, and chaired the Board of Airline Representatives, a constituent association under the TBCZ umbrella. She holds a MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and has just completed an MBA with the University of Gloucestershire. Winnie is an aviation specialist having served airline businesses (Air Zimbabwe, Swiss Air, Australian Airlines, Sabena Airways and South African Airways for over 30years.

 

Nicholas Moyo - Executive Director of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ)



Nicholas Moyo is the Executive Director of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ). Has a continuous ....


Nicholas Moyo is the Executive Director of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ). Has a continuous experience in arts management spanning 27 years. He is seasoned arts administrator having been an artist himself and is the founding Director for Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. Over the years, he led the most successful projects in Zimbabwe as director, producer and administrator, was also instrumental in the establishment of many festivals in Zimbabwe.

Shelley Cox
Co-Founder and Owner at Africa Conservation Travel



Shelley Cox is the Co-Founder and Owner at Africa Conservation Travel. ....

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Shelley Cox is the Co-Founder and Owner at Africa Conservation Travel. She is very passionate about promoting sustainable and authentic safari experiences in Africa whilst creating a greater connection between tourism, conservation and community development. She began her career in the tourism industry and has worked for various safari companies.

 

Savannah Stead
Sales and Marketing Manager



Savannah was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised at Amalinda Lodge in the Matobo Hills ....


Savannah was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised at Amalinda Lodge in the Matobo Hills. With this profound knowledge of the family business and Zimabwe, Savannah rose through the ranks and is now Amalinda Safari Collection’s Sales and Marketing Manager. The Amalinda Safari Collection comprises of 5 exclusive Safari camps and lodges in The Hwange and Matobo regions.

Sally Wynn
Wild Zambezi



Sally operates WildZambezi.com, an independent, online travel information resource with ....

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Sally operates WildZambezi.com, an independent, online travel information resource with so much to tell about our beautiful country. WildZambezi.com specialises in promoting the wilder, lesser-known safari areas along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe – around Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Chirundu, Mana Pools and beyond. I have first-hand, on-the-ground knowledge and can give you a complete, unbiased, overview of travel to these wonderful wildlife areas, including accommodation, safari, activity & service choices. WildZambezi.com has searchable listings, blogs, travel reviews and loads of advice based on reliable, independent knowledge.

 

Esnath Mboma
Head Events & Festivals – Zimbabwe Tourism Authority



Joined Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in 2017 as a Business Development Advisor within ....


Joined Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in 2017 as a Business Development Advisor within the Zimbabwe National Convention Bureau (ZNCB), currently the Head Festivals and Events within the Division. A seasoned (PMP) Project Manager, with a 15+year banking sector track record for creating mission-driven experiences and events focused on building brand equity reputation and specializes in high profile art of eventing. An advocate for industry professionalism, growth and moral philosophy. Her experience and fresh perspective to the ever-changing world of competitive and project management intelligence has proven strengths of developing effective, scalable operational processes, events attendee experience.

Karen Tumazos
Vice President of the Tourism Business Council



Karen Tumazos, is Vice President of the Tourism Business Council representing the aviation sector....

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Karen Tumazos, is Vice President of the Tourism Business Council representing the aviation sector, elected to office in 2018. She also serves as Regional Country Manager for southern Africa for Comair Pvt Ltd. Karen is also Vice Chairperson for Board of Airlines. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics from the University of Cape Town and has over 28 years of experience in the airlines and hospitality industry. Before taking up her position at Comair, Karen was General Manager for Landela Safaris, overseeing 14 lodges in Zimbabwe and Botswana. She also ran a successful GSA for Airlines, Travel Connections for 5 years.

Caroline Gwete
Marketing & Sales Manager – Manna Resorts



Experienced Sales and and Marketing Manager with demonstrated history of working in the ....

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Experienced Sales and and Marketing Manager with demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Strong sales professional skilled in Hospitality Management, Events Management.Caroline holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing Strategy from the Midlands State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from the University of Zimbabwe. She has extensive experience in both the hotel operations and the sales and marketing field. Her exposure is in fast food operations, hospitality services, FMCG, print and electronic media.

Aaron Chingombe
Tourism and Quality Assuarance Manager - ZIMPARKS



Trythings Mutyandasvika
General Manager - Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre



Trythings Mutyandasvika is a well-travelled and exposed passionate hotelier who currently holds ....

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Trythings Mutyandasvika is a well-travelled and exposed passionate hotelier who currently holds the General Manager position for the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, the flag ship for the Rainbow Tourism Group of Hotels. He has a profound passion for the service industry which has translated to over 20 years of management experience gained whilst working in the Hospitality Industry for various hotels namely African Sun Group of hotels amongst other Hotel. His exposure is vast as he has worked in various Hotels both local and regional. He holds several professional Hospitality and Tourism qualifications.

Kwakye Donkor
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Tourism Partners



Kwakye Donkor is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Tourism Partners. He is also a Director of African ....

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Kwakye Donkor is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Tourism Partners. He is also a Director of African Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (AITE) and the Founder of Africa Tourism Leadership Forum. He has over 25 years combined experience in Research, Strategic Marketing, Brand Management, Business Development, Customer and Stakeholder Relationship Management and Corporate communications in a wide range of environment. Prior to becoming the CEO of Africa Tourism Partners, Kwakye was the Marketing and Communications Director of the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) from 2009 to March 2017.