Director of Programs
Rumbidzai Chisenga is the Director of Programs at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development. She leads the Amujae Initiative, the Center’s flagship program that prepares women to unapologetically take up roles in the highest echelons of public leadership.
She is one of 12 globally identified civic innovators chosen to be part of the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program (2018 -2019), through which Rumbidzai completed a leadership development residency at Columbia University in New York City, USA.
Prior to this, Rumbidzai was a Program Manager at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), a pan-African think tank that advocates for the adoption of Afrocentric approaches in addressing the continent’s socio-economic development challenges. Rumbidzai was instrumental in setting up the MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development and developing the program’s operational processes at inception.
In addition, Rumbidzai was also in charge of the MINDS Youth Program on Elections and Governance, a civic education initiative that equips African youth for meaningful participation in governance. Under this program, Rumbidzai coordinated an alumni network spread across 53 African countries. Rumbidzai holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Economics and Accounting) from Rhodes University, South Africa and, a master’s degree in Management (Entrepreneurship) from the Wits Business School, South Africa. Furthermore, Rumbidzai has extensive experience working as a cross-sectoral management consultant and has previously founded a social enterprise.