Dr. Mandas Marikanda
Chief Executive Officer
Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank
Dr. Mandas Marikanda, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank (ZWMB). She has passion for financial inclusion for excluded communities such as rural population and disadvantaged groups including youths, young girls, orphans and women. She has more than 26 years’ experience in development finance designing innovative financial interventions such as group savings, implementation of microfinance, innovative lending initiatives in rural communities and is a seasoned consultant and accredited trainer for ICT/ILO Making Microfinance work. She has been working with women and youths offering practical initiatives for entrepreneurship, employability among youths and young women. Dr. Mandas was Executive Director for Pundutso Microfinance (a World Vision partner) and as part of the World Vision fraternity, she undertook various assignments in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia. She has a PHD in Economic Empowerment and microfinance from Aldersgate College Philippines. She is a holder of an MBA in leadership with Eastern University of USA and an HRUP (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and holds various certificates in training, leadership, counselling and bible leadership.
Awards given to date Overall Winner of the Zimbabwe Institute of Management 2018 National Leadership Excellence Awards – Northern Region Overall National Winner of the Zimbabwe Institute of Management 2018 National Leadership Excellence Awards Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Winner CEO of the Year Women in Enterprise Conference Awards 2018 Mega fest Bronze Award Winner CEO of the Year 2019 Proweb Women CEO of the year 2019 Proweb Outstanding Achievement Award 2019 Institute of Corporate Directors- Woman Championship in Boards 2019 Zimbabwe Business Awards Business Woman of the Year National 2019 CEO Round Table Entrepreneurial CEO of the Year 2ND Runner Up 2019 CEO Round Table CEO of the Year 1st runner up-Woman Corporate Director of the Year: Public Enterprises/Parastals- Institute of Corporate Directors Zimbabwe 2020 2nd runner up-Innovative /Turnaround Strategic Corporate Director of the Year: Public Enterprises/Parastals – Institute of Corporate Directors Zimbabwe .2020 Zim Life Agricultural Merit Award Women in Agriculture Award- 2020.