At the end of February 2014, ZDNNA hosted a farewell event for Dr. Norbert Mugwagwa, the current organization Chairman, who retired from the World Bank in February 2014 and relocated to Zimbabwe at the end of March. The farewell was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended by about 50 people including ZDNNA members and other well-wishers.
Dr. Mugwagwa has worked for the World Bank for the last 23 years and has held senior level positions managing various programs in Africa and East Asia. He joined the Bank in 1990 mid-career having occupied positions as Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Population Program and Director of Planning and Nutrition in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe. Dr. Mugwagwa holds a PhD in public sector planning and management from the University of Aston in Birmingham, UK.
At the time he retired, he was an Operations Adviser of the Education Sector at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Dr. Mugwagwa played a key role in the founding and shaping of ZDNNA and has been instrumental in leading the organization to its current standing. After the formation of ZDNNA, he spearheaded the founding and creation of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Home Interface Program (ZIDHIP) and became one of the coordinators of the program. His relocation back to Zimbabwe will provide timely support for strengthening ZIDHIP and consolidating the home front activities and linkages to the Diaspora.
Dr. Mugwagwa continues as Chairperson until transitional arrangements are put in place for a new constitution and elections. Though he will be greatly missed by us in North America, we are confident that the leadership foundation that he has laid has provided ZDNNA with a pedestal upon which to expand and grow. Farewell, Shumba yeMhazi!