Professor Tumai Murombo is the ZELA Board Chairperson. He holds an LLB (Hons) (U'Zim), LLM Human Rights (UCT), LLM Environmental Law (Pace), Legal Practitioner, Notary Public & Conveyancer (Zim), PhD and (Wits). Tumai Murombo is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), having joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2006. He previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe, and he is an admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court Zimbabwe and practiced law under Messrs Muvingi and Mugadza for five years. He is a Beit Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholar. From 2004 to 2005, he was Legal Counsel to the then Privatisation Agency of Zimbabwe [PAZ]. In 2005 he interned with the Permanent Mission of the FSM to the United Nations rendering advisory services on sustainable development, human rights, marine resources, energy and the environment at the UN HQ in New York. He is a co-founder of ZELA and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees since 2009. Tumai is passionate about and has done extensive research on environmental law, international environmental law, sustainable development law, extractive sector, energy law, biodiversity and conservation lawand environmental justice. He is also currently reading for a doctorate on law, regulation and sustainable renewable energy in South Africa at Wits. Other appointments include - member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, committee member of the Environmental Law Association (SA), Vice Chairperson of the Wits Medical Aid Fund Board, Trustee for the Centre for Environmental Accountability (CENAC), and member of the Environmental Project Advisory Board – Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)(SA). When he is not reading you will find him in the Magaliesburg, being at one with nature in the Kruger National Park or hiking in any part of the Eastern highlands in Zimbabwe.
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