Ruzivo Trust

Welcome to Ruzivo Trust
A Centre for Knowledge Excellence

Board of Trustees

Ruzivo Trustees have a long-term vision of working with a young institute populated by young people who are ready to learn and take action based on the knowledge generated through the organisation’s programmes. Ruzivo BoT has women and men of outstanding quality, overseeing the growth of an organisation already setting its footprints in the civil society sector in Zimbabwe and beyond.


Dr Chrispen Sukume (Agricultural economist) is a professional with diverse rural development experience spanning over a period of 17 years in Zimbabwe and the SADC region. Dr Sukume has been lecturing at the University of Zimbabwe (1993 – 2009) in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension. His teaching covered course and thesis supervision in mathematical economics, econometrics, microeconomics and natural resource economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to teaching he has been involved in researching and participating in national and regional consultancy and networking activities. His consultancy and research activities have focused on issues related to agricultural policy, natural resource management, land reform, agricultural production, pricing and marketing.


Dr Neddy Matshalaga (Gender and development specialist) is Gender and development specialist working in Zimbabwe and Africa. She was the first chairperson of Ruzivo Trust at inception in 2009, until December 2012. She steered the board and management at the foundation and immensely contributed to Ruzivo receiving wide recognition nationally and internationally. In her own work, she is a reonwed academic and gender specialist in the area of women's rights, health related issues, as well as organidsational building and strengthening. This has seen her working in Africa and the region on this matters, and therefore contributing to the regions development path.

Finance management focal person

Mrs Sithembile Chiromo (Finance management specialist) is a Finance Management specialist and broadenned her work in development with a range of organisations in Zimbabwe. Her work with SNV, Save the Children. Her grounded capacity in financial management has been invaluable in helping Ruzivo to design and operationalise international best practices of financial management. She has seen to it that Ruzivo has sound responsive policies across the board, while also recommending the best financial management packages. In order for Ruzivo to live to its motto of "the home of financial prudence", Mrs Chiromo has ensured that auditors of international repute are hired to examine the books on an annual basis.

Knowledge focal persons

Dr Petronella Chaminuka (Agricultural economist) holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. She has more than 15 years’ international experience working as an academic, researcher and facilitator in rural development processes. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Limpopo. Her research interests are in Rural Livelihoods, Conservation Economics, HIV/AIDS, Gender and Policy Analysis. She has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary teams, and has participated in a number of international capacity development and research collaboration programmes. She has authored or co-authored 8 articles in peer reviewed journals, 3 book chapters and more than 5 published short articles and several reports from commissioned studies.

Dr Gaynor Paradza has training and experience in policy development and management in relation to rural and urban development planning, local, government administration and management, decentralisation (rethinking governance), research design and analysis, publication Land and Agrarian Issues and Livelihood Vulnerability. She has worked with and in national, provincial and local level government, NGOs and partners in the international donor community. Gaynor’s professional background spans across rural and urban planning, education, land tenure, HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children. She has also formulated and managed regional policy programmes, fund raising and disseminated information through advocacy and extensive participation in conferences and publication. Gaynor has experience in the development of resource materials for policy dissemination and training programmes. Gaynor is also a social analyst who is a regular commentator and policy analyst on law and governance issues. Gaynor is an enthusiastic team player, open and willing to share knowledge. Gaynor’s work and education experience in various parts of the world have enhanced her capacity to work in a multicultural environment and interact with people of diverse backgrounds. Her diverse educational background and work experience render her receptive to diverse opinions and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.

Legal issues focal persons

Dr Nyasha Chishakwe, LLM (Erasmus), Lecturer in Environmental Law and Planning, Faculty of Law, University of Zimbabwe, Executive Director, Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR). Nyasha Chishakwe specializes in the Law and Development with a specific focus on law and economics, and environmental and natural resources law. He has researched specifically in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, corporate environmental accountability, environmental policy, and agricultural law. As a former Legal Counsel for IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Nyasha advised over 12 countries in southern Africa on improving domestic legislation on natural resources. He has also participated in and analysed various inter-governmental negotiations on environment and sustainable development. Nyasha has also served as Legal Counsel for Bioversity International, where he advised countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (Egypt, Ethiopia, Nepal, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia) on improving domestic legislation on genetic resources. Nyasha is a Peer Reviewer of Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Science, Technology and Health. He also authored several books and academic papers on environmental law and policy matters.

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