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Professor Tumai Murombo
Board Chairperson

Tumai Murombo is a Professor of Law at Wits University, and former Director of the Mandela Institute of Law. He previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe, and he is an admitted Legal Practitioner, Notary and Conveyancer, Law Society of Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Public Law (Wits), an LLM in Human Rights Law (UCT), an LLM in Environmental Law (Elisabeth Haub Law School, Pace University (New York), and an LLB (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe). Tumai co-founded and chairs the board of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA). He specializes, and has extensively done research, in environmental law, (renewable) energy and climate change law and policy, law and sustainability, extractives and the environment, water governance, environmental rights and justice, law and regulation, among others. He has also advised government departments and civil society organizations on these areas. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Law and is an Additional Member of the Water Tribunal (South Africa). He is a member of the Environmental Law Association (South Africa), the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, its Environmental Law Academy and the Working Group on Climate Change and Energy.

Mutuso Dhliwayo
Executive Director

Mutuso Dhliwayo is the Executive Director and a founder member of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA).He has just completed a Leadership Transition Fellowship Programme at the University of Indiana’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, United States of America supported by the Ford Foundation.

He holds a dual masters in Constitutional and Human Rights Law (LLM) from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe and a Masters in Environment and Development from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Honors degree (LLBS) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is registered with the High Court of Zimbabwe as a legal practitioner, notary public and conveyancer. He has research and advocacy interests in business and human rights, transboundary natural resources management, wildlife and the extractive sector.

He sits in boards that include the African Coalition on Corporate Accountability, Global Greengrants Fund for Southern Africa, Business and Human Rights Resources Center, National Association on Non-Governmental Organisations, the Publish What You Pay Africa Steering Committee, Women University in Africa and Tax Justice Network Africa.He is a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) and Association for Research on Non Profit Organisations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Josiah Chinherende

Josiah Chinherende is a registered Legal Practitioner with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB(S)) degree (UZ), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (UZ), Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial and Labour Studies (PGDILS) (ZOU) and studying for Masters of Commercial Law degree (LLM) (UNISA)- dissertation level. Currently employed by Damo Resources Africa (Private) Limited as Group Legal Advisor.

Makanatsa Makonese

Makanatsa Makonese holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zimbabwe with a focus on women’s law and land rights and international human rights law. Her passion lies in using the law, national constitutions and international human rights frameworks to promote human rights and in particular women’s rights, the rule of law, equality, access to justice and good governance. She has worked as the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the SADC Lawyers Association (Botswana and South Africa), a Senior Environmental Lawyer and Gender Programme Coordinator for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, an Advocacy Officer for the Child Protection Society in Zimbabwe and as a Magistrate in Zimbabwe. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Party for the American Bar Association-Southern Africa Human Rights Programme based in Johannesburg. She has published extensively in the areas of human rights, women’s law and rights, judicial independence and the role of the legal profession in promoting human rights and the rule of law. Makanatsa has also worked with United Nations entities in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Uganda in developing national frameworks for the promotion and protection of women and girls’ rights and the promotion of gender equality. 

Naome Chimbetete

Naome Chimbetete holds a Masters in Development Studies from the Women’s University in Africa, a Masters in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Zimbabwe. Naome has 27 years’ experience in the programme management sector with 16 of these years being senior managerial positions whose assignment has included  large scale project design, implementation and partner management, donor management, strategic planning and organizational development, proposal development and fund raising, staff development and performance management, budgeting and financial controlling, reporting and documentation. Naome also has extensive experience in the area of environment/natural resources management, food security and livelihoods and climate. She has experience working for government, CSOs and development partners. She was recently the Programme Manager for the Programme Management Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (programs financed by AfDB and WB) and is the former Executive Director for the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network and former Fund Manager for the Canadian International Development Agency. Naome is currently a part time Commissioner with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission.

George Gapu

George Gapu is the head of the Labour law, Dispute Resolution and Litigation departments. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, George joined the firm in 2000. He has successfully litigated in the High Court and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe on commercial matters representing some of the biggest corporations in the country. He has handled several commercial arbitrations. Over the past few years, he has among other things, handled multimillion dollar claims against commercial banks arising from expropriation of funds by the central bank, he was part of a team advising a client on acquisition of a bank, and developed model contracts for a multi‐million dollar contract farming scheme.

George has a special interest in Environmental law, and he is a co‐founder of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA). He holds a diploma in International Environmental Law from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He has been involved in litigation over water pollution by some mining companies in Zimbabwe and resisting illegal developments over wetlands in peri‐urban Harare. He has conducted environmental compliance audits for several industrial and mining companies in the country. George sits on the board of a micro finance institution in Zimbabwe and several other non‐governmental organisations.

Innocent Hodzonge

Innocent Hodzonge is the Executive Director at Environment Africa a regional NGO with operations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique and sits on the ZELA Board. He holds a Msc. Disaster Management from National University of Science and Technology Zimbabwe, BA Development Studies from Kimmage University Ireland, Certificate in Environmental Education from Rhodes University South Africa, Certificate in Education from Seke Teachers’ College Zimbabwe, Leadership Development Programme Mandel Training Centre Zimbabwe. Has accumulated vast experienced in development management over the years. He was the Environmental Education Officer of the PEAK Programme under the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe from 1997 to 1999.Hodzonge joined Environment Africa as Project Manager in 2000 and progressed to become Executive Director in 2018. He was the President of the Environment Education Association of Southern Africa from 2001 to 2007 and is a former Board member of School and Colleges Permaculture Project (SCOPE).

Shamiso Mtisi

Shamiso Mtisi is Deputy Director at ZELA. He is responsible for programme design, fundraising and functions as head of operations.  He is the global Coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition that monitors trade of conflict diamonds around the world. He holds a Masters in Law (LLM) in Constitutional and Human Rights Law from Midlands State University. He also holds Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLBS) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the IUCN Graduate Environmental Law Programme. Shamiso is registered with the High Court of Zimbabwe as a legal practitioner, notary public and conveyancer. With over 18 years working experience in the environment, mining, agriculture and natural resources sector, he has extensive research and advocacy skills on responsible sourcing, human rights, diamond mining, extractive industries, water resources management, intellectual property rights and farmer's rights.

Tarisai Munemo

Tarisai Munemo is a Finance and grants management expert with over ten years’ experience in the NGO sector. Experience spans from managing EU, USAID and UKAID grants amongst several other partner grants.  She has been leading in developing financial and sub-award management policies and strategies. Tarisai also has experience in strengthening partner financial management capacities and donor compliance systems. She holds a BSc in Applied Accounting (Oxford Brookes University) and an international qualification Association of Chartered Certified   Accountants (ACCA).