Professor Tumai Murombo is a co-founder and current Chair ZELA Board. He holds a PhD (Wits), Masters’ of Law in Environmental Law (Pace, USA) and in Human Rights Law (Cape Town) and an LLB (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe). He is an admitted Legal Practitioner, Notary Public and Conveyancer. Currently he is Associate Professor and Director of the Mandela Institute, School of Law, Wits University. He also serves as an Additional Member of the Water Tribunal (South Africa). He previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe, and practiced law with Muvingi and Mugadza. Prof Murombo also served as Legal Counsel to the then Privatisation Agency of Zimbabwe (SERA). Whilst reading law in New York he interned with the Permanent Mission of the FSM to the United Nations providing advisory services on sustainable energy, human rights, marine resource, and environmental law and policy.
A Beit Fellow and Fulbright Scholar; Prof Murombo is a C2 NRF rated leading expert, who has taught, supervised postgraduates, advised, and published extensively in environmental law, international environmental law (water policy, sustainability, EIA policy, public participation and environmental rights). He also specialises in regulation focusing on the extractives industries, energy and climate change, banking and financial services, biodiversity and conservation policy.
His other appointments include membership of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (Energy Law and Climate Change Specialist Group), Environmental Law Association (SA), WitsMed Board, Trustee-Institute for Sustainability in Africa (INSAF), and member of the Environmental Project Advisory Board-Centre for Environmental Rights (SA), and editorial board Journal of African Law. He enjoys running, nature and wildlife, reading literature and history. Research profile @ Google Scholar
Mutuso Dhliwayo is the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Environment and Development from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLBS) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. His special professional interest is promoting community participation in transboundary natural resources management initiatives through research and policy advocacy. He has worked with rural and poor communities in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and the Zimbabwe Mozambique and Zambia transfrontier conservation area. He can be conducted on mutusod[at]zela.org
A Registered Legal Practitioner with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB(S)) degree (UZ), Masters of Business Administration (MBA) (UZ), Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial and Labour Studies (PGDILS) (ZOU) and studying for Masters of Commercial Law degree (LLM) (UNISA)- dissertation level. Currently employed by Damo Resources Africa (Private) Limited as Group Legal Advisor and Company Secretary, previously worked for Hwange Colliery Company Limited as Legal and Compliance Manager, the Attorney General’s Office as Legal Officer-Legal Drafting, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation as Legal Officer-Regulatory Affairs and practiced as a Legal Practitioner majoring in commercial, corporate, insurance and labour law. Josiah was appointed Independent Arbitrator in terms of the Labour Act
Makanatsa Makonese holds LLB (Hons) and Masters in Women’s Law Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. She previously served for a considerable time as a Magistrate in Zimbabwe. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the SADC Lawyers Association, an appointment that sees her promoting human rights, the rule of law, good governance and democracy in the SADC region. Makanatsa is a co-founder of ZELA and previously worked for the organization as the Senior Environmental Lawyer. She is currently reading for a doctorate in Women’s Law with the Southern and East African Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL) at the University of Zimbabwe.
Naome currently works for the Mininstry of Finance. Before joining the Ministry she was the Director of the Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre Network (ZWRCN) Centre Network