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.

Executive Team

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Henri Lambert

Founder

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Irene Chikumbo

Operations Director

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.