Director: Kudzai Masiyiwa Mqingwana
Kudzai has been working in the Development field for over 12 years. Kudzai was born in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. She completed her studies at Rhodes University in 2001 graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce. From High School to present Kudzai has been involved in projects that look to connect people to better opportunities and give them a way out of their struggles. From leading her High school Chapter of Rotaract to being a part of a family that lives the values of Unhu better known as Ubuntu.
A diverse upbringing that included living in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, the United States and finally South Africa, Kudzai accepts that she is an unusual mix of cultures and experiences. It has made her value diversity. Kudzai avoids the temptation to box people and works to bring understanding between cultures and races. She cherishes her Shona heritage, but calls Durban South Africa home having lived there for nearly 20 years.
Kudzai’s career began as a graduate Trainee with Unilever. She worked in Human Resources and moved over to the Brand Office launching great products like Shield for Teens and Lux Shimmer Range. Her 7 year grounding in a large FMCG company gave her the confidence to pursue her passion for meeting the needs of the community not just with products but with services and funds. She joined Africa!Ignite a Rural Development Agency in 2009 and was part of a project that saw rural women make over R1 million in income during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and created a brand for the company called Wow! Zulu.
In 2011 Kudzai joined the Sibaya Community Trust. Her role would be responsible for the Strategy and Operational plan that would result in the Trust that gave away over R160 million to Organisations across eThekwini and Ilembe. During this time she would interact with over 110 organisations in both cities, working to ensure funds were disbursed, projects were completed and Trustees were able to stay in touch with the work the funds were enabling.
During this time Kudzai began to serve on a number of Boards to assist small organisations that were growing like Ithembalethu and the Chief Albert Luthuli skills Centre but she also joined large organisation like The Association for the Aged (TAFTA) to grow in understanding around the leadership of large organisations.
Currently Kudzai is the Head of the African Habitat Conservancy Foundation. She joined the organisation in 2020 which is part of a unique project partnering local land claimants with an international donor to develop a Big 5 Game reserve in the Ulundi Municipality.
Kudzai is mom to 3 sons who light up her life. She is an avid reader, a foodie and a lover of people. She loves to sing, tries to write and would not be who she was without a deep faith and love of God.