Meet the team


ACT in Africa is a holistic entrepreneurship organisation that provides human centred design and business training, coaching, acceleration, and access to seed funding.

Our program integrates global best practices in entrepreneurship training and local experience to provide a unique and relevant platform to aspiring entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.

The ACT team is comprised of diverse and dynamic individuals from around the globe. The team and its advisors have years of experience in Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Executive Team

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Irene Chikumbo

Managing Director

Irene is the Operations and Programs Director for the ACT Entrepreneurship Program. Over the past 5 years Irene has been working in the entrepreneurship and innovation space on a number of projects. Her project portfolio has included the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Innovation Baraza, Startup Weekend Harare and the Global Startup Battle. Her postgraduate studies at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden were grounded in the areas of innovation and sustainability. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow that was based at Northwestern University in Chicago

Irene has co-authored two research papers with one focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and another on Innovation Value Chains in the Telecommunications Sector. Her previous work experience has included time at Ericsson, USADF, Udugu Institute and OK Zimbabwe. Irene was part of the MWF Regional Advisory Board for USAID and is currently on the UNISA YALI Regional Leadership Center Advisory Board.

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Angela Tarusarira

Finance and Administration

Angela is an innovative and driven accounting professional who has been working in the field of accounting and finance for the past 6 and half years. Angela has a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Zimbabwe and is working towards the attainment of a CPA Qualification. She is currently handling the Finance and Administration at Act in Africa.

Her previous work experience has included three and half years at Reliance Manufacturing  as an Accounting Officer, one year at University of Zimbabwe as a Teaching Assistant and one year at Zimbabwe Posts (Pvt) Ltd in the Accounting -Creditors Department and one year at Management Training Bureau as an Accounting Intern.

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Munyaradzi Joe Chinguwa

Outreach Coordinator and HCD Researcher

"Munyaradzi is the Outreach Coordinator & HCD Researcher at ACT in Africa. With a background in research and programming; he has firm analytical skills through qualitative, quantitative and thematic research methods and has successfully implemented several programs of different scopes. He currently leads all outreach activities for ACT and conducts Human Centred Design research for start-ups, SME’s and corporates since training with ACT in Africa and ThinkPlace. As such, he has essential skills in qualitative-empathetic research with a proven ability to scope research, lead fieldwork & synthesis of research findings to uncover and articulate insights that will inform and inspire design (redesign) for products and services.

His previous experience includes conducting a research, on behalf of a Human Resources(HR) consultancy firm, of which the case study was given an honorary mention in the top 5 people analytics stories of 2016 by an international HR Analytics firm. His previous work experience has included time at Industrial Psychology Consultants and Sexual Rights Centre. At the latter, he was part of a team that facilitated the publication of a book that won an award in the literature category at the Bulawayo Arts Awards."