TNGO presents: Career Discussion with Tawanda Mutasah
341 Eggers Hall
Career Discussion with Tawanda Mutasah (International Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations ) Tawanda Mutasah is International Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations (formerly Open Society Institute – OSI) in New York City, and was formerly Chair of OSF’s Africa Advisory Board. He previously directed the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, and, among other pre-OSI roles, served on Oxfam GB's international advocacy staff. In Zimbabwe, he was founding chair of the National Constitutional Assembly - a prodemocracy coalition of over 200 national civic organizations. In the early 1990s, Mutasah was a young national leader who experienced various episodes of Mugabe's retribution against Zimbabwe's pioneering civic activism, suffering persecution as a national student leader and then as a human rights defender and pro-democracy organizer. He currently serves on many African and international boards, including as chair of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), and as a founding trustee of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre(SALC). Mutasah was admitted to the Zimbabwe bar in 1995 and is a recipient of the International Bar Association’s annual International Rule of Law Award and several academic awards. He holds degrees from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa as well as Harvard Law School and the University of Zimbabwe. Come armed with your career focused questions!
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