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Mandivamba Rukuni, Founder and Executive Chairman, Barefoot Education for Africa Trust (BEAT), Zimbabwe 

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Mandi is an experienced development policy analyst and strategist in a variety of sectors including agriculture and rural development, business, finance, government, and education. A Zimbabwean national, Mandi is currently Director of BEAT Doctoral Academy and is Professor Extraordinaire, University of Africa, Zambia, and adjunct Professor at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His career started 36 years ago with University of Zimbabwe and served as Professor and Dean of Agriculture. He subsequently worked with W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 11 years as Director for Africa Programs. He has served as consultant to several organizations, including World Bank, EU, USAID, DFID, CIDA, Rockefeller, Winrock, and McKnight Foundations.  Further, Professor Rukuni served on several international boards: CIAT, IFPRI, IDS (Sussex), and several corporate and parastatal boards in Zimbabwe: Kingdom Bank; Triangle Ltd; Hunyani; Zimsun Hotels; Blue Ribbon Industries; Zimnat Life; GMB, ARDA, and Agricultural Research Council. He has over the last decade been strategic advisor to the Africa Union/NEPAD programs including Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Rural Futures Program. He has received several honours and awards and has published 15 books and more than 100 articles.

 

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