ZUWA MATONDO/ FROM BIG LAW TO STARTING AN NGO


Zuwa is an innovative professional driven by an extraordinary sense of purpose.

He possesses a multi-cultural fluency having travelled extensively and worked in countries such as Canada, China, and his home country of Zimbabwe. At both an American international firm and a top ranked Canadian national law firm, as a trainee lawyer, he engaged in complex multi-jurisdictional business transactions, litigation matters and in-depth government policy analysis. His work spanned sectors including mining, renewable energy, project finance, infrastructure, international trade and foreign investment.

The multiplicity of Zuwa's experiences has culminated in him founding the non-governmental organization "Gov-Enhance Africa". Gov-Enhance Africa provides a platform for Young Policy Thinkers and Governance Innovators to (1) provide policy alternatives to decision-makers and (2) engage in capacity building initiatives that enhance the efficacy of existing system frameworks for governments to better deliver basic services to their citizens.

Zuwa is a fervent proponent of policy that is pragmatically tailored for different communities' distinct challenges. Positively consequential governance is exercised by a government that is open to new approaches to tackling the complexity around them, both nationally and globally. They must embrace solutions stemming from the private sector, non-profit sector and the citizenry through the political process.



LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO RESTRICT YOURSELF TO A SPECIFIC DEGREE. YOU’VE GOT TO SAY, LISTEN, THIS IS WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT ME. WE’RE ALL GOING TO GRADUATE WITH THE SAME DEGREES, OR DEGREES THAT ARE PRETTY SIMILAR. SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT ME THAT’S GOING TO STAND OUT? YOU REALLY NEED TO DIG DEEP, LOOK INSIDE, AND SEE WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOU. IT’S A GREAT EXERCISE OF SELF-APPRECIATION, AND REALLY UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALUE AND HOW UNIQUE YOU ARE AS AN INDIVIDUAL
Zuwa speaking on a panel at the YALESI 2016 conference organized by the Senegalese Government and the Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) in Dakar, Senegal

Zuwa speaking on a panel at the YALESI 2016 conference organized by the Senegalese Government and the Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) in Dakar, Senegal

IT WAS SCARY, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. I PROBABLY HAD SOME MOMENTS OF DOUBT BUT MY SENSE OF PURPOSE WAS STRONGER THAN THAT. OTHERWISE, I DON’T THINK I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THE SWITCH
Zuwa answering questions at the YALESI 2016 conference in Dakar, Senegal

Zuwa answering questions at the YALESI 2016 conference in Dakar, Senegal

THINK ABOUT WHY YOU CAME TO LAW SCHOOL. WAS IT TO END UP AT A FIRM? WHICH IS PERFECTLY OKAY. WAS IT TO END UP AT AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? WHICH IS PERFECTLY OKAY. WAS IT TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR A CERTAIN ISSUE, AND A SPECIFIC CAUSE? WHICH IS ALSO OKAY. HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THAT? LEARN BY DOING. IF YOU AREN’T SURE YOU WOULD LIKE SOMETHING PER SAY, TRY IT
Zuwa at the Gov-Enhance Africa booth at McGill's 2016 Deusultes African Business Initiative (DABI)

Zuwa at the Gov-Enhance Africa booth at McGill's 2016 Deusultes African Business Initiative (DABI)

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