Meet the team
ACT in Africa is a holistic entrepreneurship organisation that provides design thinking 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.
Programs and Operations
Henri Lambert Henri is the founder of Apsara Capita LLP, an investment firm based in the UK that focuses exclusively on the water sector. He sits on the board of WaterSmart Software Inc., is an observer on the board of AquaSpy Inc., was a seed investor in Valor Water (acquired by Xylem), and lead Apsara’s investments in Puralytics and, most recently, HydroPoint Data Systems.
From 2015 to 2016 he was a non-executive Director of Aquilys Investment Management, a hedge fund focusing on water and waste. Henri is a member of the TWENTY65 Leadership Council and an advisor to Operation Water, an organisation that develops water infrastructure in developing economies.
He holds a BA in History and International Relations from Brown University, an MA in International Legal Studies from Utrecht University, a postgraduate diploma in law from BBP Law School where he completed the Bar Vocational Course, and a professional certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.
Irene is the Operations 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.
Fine Ruvimbo Kashawu
Community and Research
Fine is the Community and Research Manager at ACT in Africa. With more than 3 years of programming and planning experience in both the private and public sectors, Fine has a strong grounding in research with emphasis on human-centred design research and strategy development. She is a 2015 DAAD Scholar at the University of Botswana where she carried out her post-graduate degree specializing in public policy and administration.
Fine has worked previously with public sector organizations and NGOs in the development community and harnessed skills to collaborate, nature and quality relationships with stakeholders and partners.