DR. GIFT MUGANO
Dr Mugano is a holder of a Ph.D., in Economics, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2013), a Master of Science in Economics, from the University of Zimbabwe (2008), a Master of Science in Operations Research from the National University of Science and Technology (2007), and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics, from the University of Zimbabwe (2004). Dr Mugano is an author and expert in market system development/making markets work for the poor (M4P), International Finance, International Trade & Development and Competitiveness Strategy with over twelve (12) years of extensive experience ranging from research & publications, policy advisory, trade negotiations, dialogue facilitation, lecturing and consultancy work. As a renowned researcher, he published eighteen (18) articles in international peer reviewed journals and successfully supervised three (3) Doctor of Philosophy and several Masters’ students. He is a visiting lecturer with University of Zimbabwe’s Graduate School of Management and Namibia Business School. Dr Mugano is also a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He previously taught at Bindura University of Science Education and Women’s University in Africa and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Business School. In the last three years, he worked as a Senior Advisor to the Government of Zimbabwe under the Adam Smith International Zimbabwe Project – a multi-million-dollar Market System Development/Making Markets work for the Poor (M4P) programme funded by Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which fell under the World Bank’s Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP). Under this programme, his work contributed to a number of pieces of legislative and non-legislative reforms which are aimed at improving the business environment for small and large enterprises in Zimbabwe. Prior to this, he served the Government of Zimbabwe under Ministry of Industry and Commerce for six years in various capacities. He was charged with the development of trade and industrial policies and export promotion strategies, knowledge management and information dissemination. Over the years, he represented his country at various forums on trade negotiations and investment missions abroad (Heads of State & Government Summits, Council of Ministers, Senior Officials of Trade & Technical Committees) at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels in Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, People’s Republic of China and South Korea. He has done consultancy for DFID, British Council, Parliament of Zimbabwe, NIR Sweden, GIZ and UNFPA.
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