Who we are
Impact Africa Trust was developed to partner with young people who have ideas for business ventures but may lack the necessary technical requirements to obtain capital. This idea of connecting the missing link between young people with sustainable ideas and funding opportunities was established after two university friends, Dr Emmanuel Magara and Isaac Jonas from Harvard University and the University of British Columbia (UBC) respectively, got together and talked about the challenges facing young agripreneurs in Zimbabwe. Reflecting on the development gap between Zimbabwe, their homeland and the United States and Canada where they are currently based, they sought to find a way to look for help and financially capacitating and comprehensively supporting registered organizations through partnering with the young farmers across Zimbabwe. The partnership package includes offering direct and comprehensive assistance in project management, mentorship and connections to potential sponsors over a defined period.
At Impact Africa Trust, we know that there are many young people across Africa who have viable business ideas that could transform the continent’s development trajectory but unless these youths are fully trained and equipped with 21st century skills in running their agribusinesses efficiently and effectively, they will not reach their full potential. In addition to offering the comprehensive support as defined above, the partnership enables the young farmers to receive expert coaching on agribusiness from our experts who have vast experience in agriculture and policy formulation and implementation. The technical support from Impact Africa Trust is aimed at jumpstarting and accelerating agripreneurs’ business ideas without necessarily creating dependency syndrome on donors. At Impact Africa Trust, we believe that ideas can only be brought into fruition if we work together for a common purpose. Together we can and we will make a difference; we invite you to partner with us.
What we do
Impact Africa Trust (IAT) is a duly registered not-for-profit organization in Zimbabwe under deed registration number MA913/2015. At IAT we are IMPACT driven. Right from the first day of the project, we clearly define how we are going to WIN from the beginning. In other words, we start the projects with the commitment and strategy of what is going to happen the last day of the project.
Our mandate is to identify young agripreneurs who are working on projects on the ground and equip them with 21st century skills and access to capital. Through our work, we bridge the gap between young people with sustainable ideas but who lack professional agribusiness training and funding opportunities by financially capacitating and comprehensively supporting their work through project management, mentorship and connections to potential sponsors.
Impact Africa Trust was established in 2015 and since then, has assembled a team of experienced international development consultants, academic and practising economists who have worked in various areas ranging from advising governments on agricultural policy issues, business. The team of experts has also worked with reputable international development organizations in Zimbabwe, South East Asia, United States and Canada. Our team of experts are recognized locally and internationally for their expertise.
Despite Impact Africa Trust being a start-up not for profit organization, the team of experts cumulatively brings about a diverse pool of broad experience in international development and agricultural policy at both the local and international level. Impact Africa Trust board of Trustees consists of 6 executive board members who are also assisted by 4 other non-executive board members.
Meet our team
Executive Board Members:
David has been chairing the board for Impact Africa Trust since the organization was launched in 2015. David is the founder and CEO of Steamwise Cleaning, Canada. A global citizen who has lived in Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and now based in Canada where he is pursuing various business interests. He brings in a wealth of experience from business and not profit sectors in Canada and Zimbabwe. He has worked with various local and international communities such as the Salvation Army Canada, Community Care Northumberland, Canada, Ontario Community Emergency Assistant Program (OCEAP), Peterborough Business Professionals Association (PRO) and Steamwise Cleaning. He brings in a whole lot worth of experience to our organization having lived in different countries including the UK, Zimbabwe, Malawi before settling in Canada. He is also a musician and a husband and a father of two. David hopes and believes that WE are the change Africa needs.
Dr Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1979. He was Head of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and from 2007 to 2014 was the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, U California-Davis, Leuven in Belgium, and ISEAS in Singapore. He worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, from 1986 to 1988, and has subsequently researched/taught in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Korea, and Ethiopia. He was President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 1999 and awarded the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, its highest honour, in 2008. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His work in development has focused mostly on trade policy, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis.
Isaac Jonas is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Impact Africa Trust. Isaac believes in putting ideas into action. His desire to inspire the next generation has led him to publish his first book, “The Serendipity of a great Network” and to Co-Found Impact Africa Trust. Isaac also serves as a founding director of Bopela Inc, a Canadian registered start – up online multimedia technology company, where he mainly provides International business development strategy. Isaac has also worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Richard Barichello (Ph. D) and Professor Rashid Sumaila (Ph. D) – both stationed at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada on an ad hoc basis. The research assistantship experience has enabled him to work on consulting assignments on International development in South East Asia and Canada. Isaac brings in strategic insights to Impact Africa given his hands – on experience growing up on a small farm in Buhera, Zimbabwe. A global citizen, Isaac has spoken at various local and international forums such as the Skoll World Forum at the Said Business School, Oxford University, England, The University of British Columbia African Business Forum, Canada and the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Group sponsored African Youth Forum in Cote Devoire. A UBC MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Alumnus and A World at School Global Youth Ambassador, Isaac’s experience working with various groups goes beyond Africa. Isaac is a holder of a Master of Food and Resource Economics degree from UBC where he graduated as the valedictorian. He also holds Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
Emmanuel Magara, M.D. earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, USA in 2016 as an HMS National Scholar. Dr Magara grew up in Zimbabwe where his parents taught him the value of combining academics with service. He attended Goromonzi High where he was a member of the national junior parliament and scored straight As on his ZIMSEC Advanced Level exams. He was inducted into the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) and moved to the United States in 2007 to attend Oberlin College on a full scholarship. At Oberlin, Dr Magara was recognized as a talented chemist. Among several awards for his academic excellence, he was a recipient of the CRC Press Chemistry award for excellence in Inorganic Chemistry, the Jewitt Fanning award for having “an unusual promise in Chemistry”, the Harrol Baker Scholarship for being an “outstanding” Biochemistry major and the Merck Pharmaceuticals Index Award for “demonstrating outstanding achievement in chemistry”. He was also a recipient of the Oberlin College Creativity and Leadership Award for his initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe and the Shansi-In-Asia Award for his service project at an AIDS hospice in Penang, Malaysia.
Dr Magara has worked on various leadership boards pertaining to healthcare development. He also served on a national committee geared towards improving cancer patients’ access to healthcare in Zimbabwe. Fairly competent in Chinese Mandarin and having traveled to and witnessed South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong’s healthcare-provision challenges and successes, Dr Magara is interested in collaboratively working with experts from around the world to come up with effective African solutions.
Dr Magara is currently doing surgical training in New York City before he starts diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
A duly registered legal practioner, Conveyancer and Notary Public. Mr. Marume was born in Buhera and graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 2009. Prior to completing his degree, he had a beneficial attachment at Sinyoro and Partners Legal Practitioners, where he acquired valuable experience in Legal Drafting. Upon completion of his LLB degree he joined Pundu and Company Legal Practitioners where he worked as an all-round lawyer until June 2011 when he joined Matsikidze and Mucheche Legal Practitioners, a renown labour and commercial law firm in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mr Marume is now an Associate Partner at Matsikidze and Mucheche Legal Practitioners since January 2013.
He has a special interest in Labour Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Civil litigation. Mr Marume is a born again Christian and is strong member of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe. He is married to Cleopatra, a lawyer with a degree from University of Zimbabwe.
Dr Kwaramba is a former Lecturer in the Department of Economics, at the University of The Free State. His research interest lies in the broader field of international trade. Dr Kwaramba did his PhD coursework at the University of Cape Town before starting his Ph.D. research at the University of Witwatersrand. He has taught at various Universities across Africa. He taught at University of Zimbabwe, University of Johannesburg and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Marko has been involved in various collaborative projects with colleagues at various universities in South Africa. Most of Marko’s research addresses current policy questions with the aim to assist policymakers adopt informed policies. Dr Kwaramba has also presented in many international and local forums. He is a member of the African Growth and Development Policy Modelling Consortium (AGRODEP). AGRODEP positions African experts as leaders in the study of development issues in Africa and the broader agricultural growth and policy debate. He has also consulted with various international and local organizations such as the World Bank, Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC, USA and Trade and Development Studies Centre, Zimbabwe.
Non – Executive Board Members:
Tom Ross is the UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy and Director of the Phelps Centre for the Study of Government and Business in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. An economist, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario and earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Professor Ross worked at the University of Chicago and Carleton University before moving to U.B.C. (in 1992) and spent a year as the first holder of the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau in 1990-91. His research in the areas of competition policy, regulation, industrial organization, experimental economics and public-private partnerships has been published in a number of scholarly journals. Professor Ross has also served as a consultant to a number of public and private sector organizations.
Dr. Fidelis Manyanga is a Ph.D. and business trained biosciences leader with a diverse and multidisciplinary background. Dr. Manyanga earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with special emphasis in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Portland State University (Oregon, USA). He also holds a BS degrees in Chemistry (Major) and Biochemistry (Major) from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, Dr. Manyanga is a Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry in the Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, and USA. Prior to that, he managed several biotechnology and biosciences companies in the USA. In addition, Dr. Manyanga sits on advisory boards of several organizations, are cognition to his many achievements, significant contributions to industry, government entities, professional and business organizations. Dr. Manyanga has extensive knowledge of Zimbabwe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he grew up. Previously, he worked as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) manager for World Links for Development (a World Bank supported initiative), that taught computers in the most rural communities of Zimbabwe. Such real-life experience of working with poor communities makes him immediately productive to the Impact Africa Team. An entrepreneur, professor, researcher, and community leader, Dr. Manyanga provides leadership at the cutting edge of education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Manyanga has published books and several peer-reviewed articles available on public platforms like Google and Amazon.
Dalumuzi Mhlanga is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Lead Us Today. Over the last nine years, he has designed and directly delivered tailored leadership training programs to young people in Bhutan, Swaziland, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe. As such, Dalumuzi has developed a crisp understanding of the peculiarities of youth development work across national and socio-cultural boundaries.
In recognition of his strong and unique grasp of cutting-edge leadership concepts and ability to provide leadership training to people of all ages, Dalumuzi has served as a Teaching Fellow for three leadership classes at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, teaching Masters students, since August 2011. In 2012, Dalumuzi was named one of “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Zimbabwe” by Junior Chamber International, was identified as an “Emerging Global Innovator” by American Express and Ashoka and was profiled as one of the 22 most impressive students at Harvard University by Business Insider. In 2011, he received the prestigious 2011 College Social Innovator Award, conferred by Forbes.com and the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative. He is a StartingBloc and Sandbox entrepreneurship fellow, and currently sits on the board of the Waterford School Trust in the United Kingdom. Dalumuzi holds a Bachelors degree with honors in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Masters in African Studies from the University of Oxford. He is currently studying on the MBA program at Saïd Business School as a Rhodes Scholar.
Over the past 30 years, Chris Bennett has worked mostly in Indonesia, but also in other Asian, African and Central American countries on decentralized governance of natural resources, with a special focus on forestry and agroforestry. His professional career began with diagnosis and treatment of tree diseases. A decade later, after working in multi-disciplinary research teams, his career shifted towards policy and institutional analysis …. from plant pathology to policy pathology. His analytical work has often revolved around understanding the root causes of unsustainability, notably the so-called three U’s of Uncertainty of Tenure, Undervaluation of Renewable Natural Resources and Under-regulation of Negative Externalities. In recent years, he has focused on the establishment of equitable spatial certainty to enable and sustain investments by rural communities and the private sector in renewable natural resources and energy. This has centered on the unifying and socially-cohesive value of shared water resources (the “blue thread”) within manageable and replicable sub-watersheds within administrative village clusters, nested within the wider river basin. Resulting inclusive landscape-based approaches thereby replace typically exclusive and overly-sectoral projects which can create divisive social jealousy among the unassisted. The key to success is engaging with key stakeholders, arguing for evident mutually-reinforcing environmental management and economic drivers in a virtuous growth and development cycle. The poverty-environment nexus is a special focus, specifically, how formal recognition of access by the poor to natural resources on which they depend can provide opportunities for them to harness their abundant and often untapped human, social and knowledge assets to both reduce their poverty and support wider sustainable growth and development — in short, “assets for the poor … the poor as assets”. Bennett practices and teaches university courses on project monitoring and evaluation to improve aid effectiveness through, “Project Monitoring and Evaluation for Timely Responses, (METR). METR is aimed at informing project implementers, beneficiaries and designers as well as policy-makers. It emphasizes outcome-based indicators, practical counterfactuals, shared learning among stakeholders (“what we thought we knew but experience proved otherwise”), and effective exit strategies (answering, “what will happen on the first day after the last day of the project?”.