“A dedicated team of people working to transform our continent”

Our Team

We are an operating and grant making foundation which embeds its staff in the communities it serves and 80% of our programmes are in the field. We have programming offices in 3 African countries: Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi. Zimbabwe hosts our biggest operations with an operating office in every one of the country’s 10 provinces.

Our Team

We are an operating and grant making foundation which embeds its staff in the communities it serves and 80% of our programmes are in the field. We have programming offices in 3 African countries: Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi. Zimbabwe hosts our biggest operations with an operating office in every one of the country’s 10 provinces.

Mrs Tsitsi MasiyiwaMrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa | Co-Founder

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur. She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformation. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.

strive masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa | Co-Founder

Strive Masiyiwa is the Co-Founder of Higherlife Foundation. Strive Masiyiwa and his wife Tsitsi Masiyiwa founded Higherlife Foundation in 1996. Strive Masiyiwa, the chairman and founder of Econet, a diversified telecommunications group. He also serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury.

Mrs Tsitsi MasiyiwaMrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformation. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.

Elizabeth Tanya MasiyiwaMiss Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa is a social entrepreneur and advocate for youth-led social change. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Delta Philanthropies and the co-founder & CEO of Simba Education, an African edtech company in early education. She serves on the board of Cassava Smartech, Ashesi Foundation and Higherlife Foundation where she leads the Office of Design & Innovation. She also sits on Harvard University’s Leadership Council for the Centre of Africa Studies and advises a number of entrepreneurship and philanthropy networks. Elizabeth co-manages a social impact investment fund that invests in initiatives that promote economic development in Southern Africa. Prior to her role, she was the analyst for UNICEF’s Innovation Venture Fund.

Mr. Bernard ChidzeroMr. Bernard Chidzero

Bernard is a co-founder and a Managing Director at Agis Investments. Before starting Agis, Bernard was a Partner at the Monitor Group (later Monitor Deloitte) where he led the firm’s advisory activities in Africa. Prior to joining the Monitor Group, Bernard established and led the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Advisory Services for Sub-Saharan Africa.He was previously Senior Manager, Consumer Goods Practice at Arthur D. Little International Inc., based in Brussels where he developed and led strategy and organization engagements. He has also been a Marketing Manager, Nestlé Portugal  and Brand Manager, Nestlé Canada, achieving record high market share, growth and profitability of brands under management in Africa.

Mrs.Natalie Jabangwe Natalie Jabangwe

Natalie Jabangwe is the Chief Executive Officer of EcoCash, which is the second-largest mobile financial service company on the African continent, serving in excess of 6 million individuals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Middlesex University, and an Executive Master of Business  Administration- from the Imperial College London.In 2018, Natalie Jabangwe was nominated among the 100 Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, a platform used to groom “the world’s brightest under 40 and most promising” future leaders. She was also a 2017 Fellow of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program.In November 2018, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appointed her to the United Nations’ Task Force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals. Natalie is credited with developing Atlanta’s first information technology security policies in 2004.

Dr Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is, on a part-time basis, a Senior Economist for the International Development Group (IDG) of RTI International. Until late 2017, he was IDG’s Chief Technical Officer and has also served as the group’s Vice President. Before that, he was Team Coordinator at the then Global Good Practices Group, at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). While not working for RTI he serves on a pro bono basis as advisors to various NGOs and international bodies and carries out some paid consulting work. He is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. His areas of expertise include generation of the consensus and focus needed to make difficult choices, and spearheading the implementation of new and demanding changes. His work has recently focused on the improvement of reading in the early grades, where he has succeeded, along with a tight team of colleagues, in placing reading as a key focus of the international educational development agenda. More recently he has been working on reducing the repetition inefficiencies in education systems due to lack of solid foundations, including Early Childhood Education (ECD).

Mr. D. MboweniMr. Douglas Mboweni

Douglas Mboweni is the current Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. He was the successor of Strive Masiyiwa at Econet in March 2002 and has been at the helm of the company since then. Since taking over, Mboweni has overseen the growth of what is now the largest telecoms companies in the country, and the one of the largest companies by revenue and profit in Zimbabwe. At Econet, he was part of the pioneering teams that spearheaded Econet’s entry onto the international mobile market. He was an integral part of the team that launched the Mascom Wireless network in Botswana. Later, establish Econet in Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest mobile markets, where he helped set up Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN). He was appointed CEO in 2002 and since then, he has steered the company into Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operator, with a share of well over 73% of the mobile market.

Mrs. Tracy Mpofu

Tracy Mpofu is the Group CEO of Econet Wireless, a role she was promoted to in 2015 from Chief Operating Officer. Tracy Mpofu joined Econet Wireless in 2001 as Finance Director after having been with Coca Cola as Regional Finance Director and Ernst and Young. It is her leadership, commitment and integrity that has over the years guided the Wireless giant through numerous successful projects, including the establishment of Econet Wireless Operations in various countries.Tracy Mpofu is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Zimbabwe).

Board Members

Mrs Tsitsi MasiyiwaMrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa | Co-Founder

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur. She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformation. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.

strive masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa | Co-Founder

Strive Masiyiwa is the Co-Founder of Higherlife Foundation. Strive Masiyiwa and his wife Tsitsi Masiyiwa founded Higherlife Foundation in 1996. Strive Masiyiwa, the chairman and founder of Econet, a diversified telecommunications group. He also serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury.

Founders

Mrs Tsitsi MasiyiwaMrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformation. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.

Elizabeth Tanya MasiyiwaMiss Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa is a social entrepreneur and advocate for youth-led social change. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Delta Philanthropies and the co-founder & CEO of Simba Education, an African edtech company in early education. She serves on the board of Cassava Smartech, Ashesi Foundation and Higherlife Foundation where she leads the Office of Design & Innovation. She also sits on Harvard University’s Leadership Council for the Centre of Africa Studies and advises a number of entrepreneurship and philanthropy networks. Elizabeth co-manages a social impact investment fund that invests in initiatives that promote economic development in Southern Africa. Prior to her role, she was the analyst for UNICEF’s Innovation Venture Fund.

Mr. Bernard ChidzeroMr. Bernard Chidzero

Bernard is a co-founder and a Managing Director at Agis Investments. Before starting Agis, Bernard was a Partner at the Monitor Group (later Monitor Deloitte) where he led the firm’s advisory activities in Africa. Prior to joining the Monitor Group, Bernard established and led the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Advisory Services for Sub-Saharan Africa.He was previously Senior Manager, Consumer Goods Practice at Arthur D. Little International Inc., based in Brussels where he developed and led strategy and organization engagements. He has also been a Marketing Manager, Nestlé Portugal  and Brand Manager, Nestlé Canada, achieving record high market share, growth and profitability of brands under management in Africa.

Mrs.Natalie Jabangwe Natalie Jabangwe

Natalie Jabangwe is the Chief Executive Officer of EcoCash, which is the second-largest mobile financial service company on the African continent, serving in excess of 6 million individuals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Middlesex University, and an Executive Master of Business  Administration- from the Imperial College London.In 2018, Natalie Jabangwe was nominated among the 100 Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, a platform used to groom “the world’s brightest under 40 and most promising” future leaders. She was also a 2017 Fellow of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program.In November 2018, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appointed her to the United Nations’ Task Force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals. Natalie is credited with developing Atlanta’s first information technology security policies in 2004.

Dr Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is, on a part-time basis, a Senior Economist for the International Development Group (IDG) of RTI International. Until late 2017, he was IDG’s Chief Technical Officer and has also served as the group’s Vice President. Before that, he was Team Coordinator at the then Global Good Practices Group, at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). While not working for RTI he serves on a pro bono basis as advisors to various NGOs and international bodies and carries out some paid consulting work. He is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. His areas of expertise include generation of the consensus and focus needed to make difficult choices, and spearheading the implementation of new and demanding changes. His work has recently focused on the improvement of reading in the early grades, where he has succeeded, along with a tight team of colleagues, in placing reading as a key focus of the international educational development agenda. More recently he has been working on reducing the repetition inefficiencies in education systems due to lack of solid foundations, including Early Childhood Education (ECD).

Mr. D. MboweniMr. Douglas Mboweni

Douglas Mboweni is the current Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. He was the successor of Strive Masiyiwa at Econet in March 2002 and has been at the helm of the company since then. Since taking over, Mboweni has overseen the growth of what is now the largest telecoms companies in the country, and the one of the largest companies by revenue and profit in Zimbabwe. At Econet, he was part of the pioneering teams that spearheaded Econet’s entry onto the international mobile market. He was an integral part of the team that launched the Mascom Wireless network in Botswana. Later, establish Econet in Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest mobile markets, where he helped set up Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN). He was appointed CEO in 2002 and since then, he has steered the company into Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operator, with a share of well over 73% of the mobile market.

Mrs. Tracy Mpofu

Tracy Mpofu is the Group CEO of Econet Wireless, a role she was promoted to in 2015 from Chief Operating Officer. Tracy Mpofu joined Econet Wireless in 2001 as Finance Director after having been with Coca Cola as Regional Finance Director and Ernst and Young. It is her leadership, commitment and integrity that has over the years guided the Wireless giant through numerous successful projects, including the establishment of Econet Wireless Operations in various countries.Tracy Mpofu is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Zimbabwe).

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Mrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa Co-Founder

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformationAs a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.
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Strive Masiyiwa |Co-Founder

 is the Co-Founder of Higherlife Foundation. Strive Masiyiwa and his wife Tsitsi Masiyiwa founded Higherlife Foundation in 1996.Strive Masiyiwa, the chairman and founder of Econet, a diversified telecommunications group,Strive Masiyiwa also serves on a number of international boards,including the Rockefeller Foundation,   the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury.

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Mrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of the Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving communities and sustainable livelihoods. To that end, Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformationAs a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.
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Miss Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa is a social entrepreneur and advocate for youth-led social change. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Delta Philanthropies and the co-founder & CEO of Simba Education, an African edtech company in early education.She serves on the board of Cassava Smartech, Ashesi Foundation and Higherlife Foundation where she leads the Office of Design & Innovation. She also sits on Harvard University’s Leadership Council for the Centre of Africa Studies and advises a number of entrepreneurship and philanthropy networks. Elizabeth co-manages a social impact investment fund that invests in initiatives that promote economic development in Southern Africa. Prior to her role, she was the analyst for UNICEF’s Innovation Venture Fund.
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Mrs Natalie Jabangwe

Natalie Jabangwe is the Chief Executive Officer of EcoCash, which is the second-largest mobile financial service company on the African continent, serving in excess of 6 million individuals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Middlesex University, and an Executive Master of Business. Administration, from the Imperial College London.In 2018, Natalie Jabangwe was nominated among the 100 Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, a platform used to groom “the world’s brightest under 40 and most promising” future leaders. She was also a 2017 Fellow of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program. In November 2018, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appointed her to the United Nations’ Task Force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals. Natalie is credited with developing Atlanta’s first information technology security policies in 2004.
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Mr. Bernard Chidzero

Bernard is a co-founder and a Managing Director at Agis Investments. Before starting Agis, Bernard was a Partner at the Monitor Group (later Monitor Deloitte) where he led the firm’s advisory activities in Africa. Prior to joining the Monitor Group, Bernard established and led the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Advisory Services for Sub-Saharan Africa. .He was previously Senior Manager, Consumer Goods Practice at Arthur D. Little International Inc., based in Brussels where he developed and led strategy and organization engagements. He has also been a Marketing Manager, Nestlé Portugal, Lisbon and Brand Manager, Nestlé Canada, Toronto achieving record high market share, growth and profitability of brands under management in Africa.
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Mrs. Tracy Mpofu

Tracy Mpofu is the Group CEO of Econet Wireless, a role she was promoted to in 2015 from Chief Operating Officer. Tracy Mpofu joined Econet Wireless in 2001 as Finance Director after having been with Coca Cola as Regional Finance Director and Ernst and Young. It is her leadership, commitment and integrity that has over the years guided the Wireless giant through numerous successful projects, including the establishment of Econet Wireless Operations in various countries.Tracy Mpofu is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Zimbabwe).
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Mr. Douglas Mboweni

Douglas Mboweni is the current Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. He was the successor of Strive Masiyiwa at Econet in March 2002 and has been at the helm of the company since then. Since taking over, Mboweni has overseen the growth of what is now the largest telecoms companies in the country, and the one of  the largest companies by revenue and profit in Zimbabwe. At Econet, he was part of the pioneering teams that spearheaded Econet’s entry onto the international mobile market. He was an integral part of the team that launched the Mascom Wireless network in Botswana. Later, he helped establish Econet in Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest mobile markets, where he helped set up Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN). He was appointed CEO in 2002 and since then, he has steered the company into Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operator, with a share of well over 73% of the mobile market. Econet has also become the biggest overall telecommunications company.

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Dr Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is, on a part-time basis, a Senior Economist for the International Development Group (IDG) of RTI International. Until late 2017, he was IDG’s Chief Technical Officer and has also served as the group’s Vice President. Before that, he was Team Coordinator at the then Global Good Practices Group, at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). While not working for RTI he serves on a pro bono basis as advisors to various NGOs and international bodies and carries out some paid consulting work. He is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. His areas of expertise include generation of the consensus and focus needed to make difficult choices, and spearheading the implementation of new and demanding changes. His work has recently focused on the improvement of reading in the early grades, where he has succeeded, along with a tight team of colleagues, in placing reading as a key focus of the international educational development agenda. More recently he has been working on reducing the repetition inefficiencies in education systems due to lack of solid foundations, including Early Childhood Education (ECD).