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African Girls Rock! FaraiToday Fab Woman Of The Month – DR. JACKIE CHIMHANZI!

Hello folks!


So last month, we launched our newest feature, African Girls Rock! as a fun but up-close & personal way of celebrating our African celebs, legends & icons, particularly our African women that are making it happen globally! Kudos to South Africa’s highest paid TV girl, Nonhle Thema for being out inaugural FaraiToday Fab Girl of the Month for January!

We decided not to feature anyone in particular for the month of February since it is/was Black History Month in the United States of America. Every-day is a celebration & reflection of our heros & sheroes….

Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai (m) & Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Arthur Mutambara (r)

But we are back this month & our featured FaraiToday Fab Woman of the Month is Zimbabwe’s First Lady & my good friend, Dr.Jacqueline Chimhanzi, phD (or just Jackie to her friends & family). Jackie is the wife of Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Arthur Mutambara and she is a FORCE in her own right…read on!

Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi is the Lead, In-Business Strategy Consulting for Deloitte Consulting’s Africa Desk and has been featured in South Africa’s # 1 women’s glossy magazine, Destiny.

Read on why we love her!

Here is an up-close & personal interview with Jackie!

How important a tool is networking for your career and what top tip would you offer on doing it effectively?

Networking is hugely important in my career, as there’s a sales aspect to it and my role is a client-interfacing one. To network effectively, deal with people as individuals, be interested in them and find a point of connection that allows for easy conversation.

You did your PhD early in your career. How do you plan to leverage it?

After obtaining my PhD, I worked as a lecturer/researcher in strategic marketing in the UK. My intention now is to accumulate practical working experience and at some point return to academia – possibly in a part-time capacity. My focus will be on infusing theory with practicality, based on my experience in both spheres.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?

To be clear about one’s career aspirations, to project oneself and to aim for experience at the next level – not the current one.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In my job capacity, I’m currently helping clients access opportunities in the rest of Africa. I’m also a 2010 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Associate and a member of New Faces, New Voices, committed to the financial empowerment of African women. In five years’ time, I hope these roles will have made a significant and tangible contribution to the continent.

Who’s your mentor?

Graça Machel – she’s formidable and I learn a lot from working with her. She dreams big, has a “can do” mindset, is passionate aboutwhat she does and remains focused and resolute until she’s achieved her objectives. She’s a visionary, but pays equal attention to detail.

What are you currently reading?

Unaccustomed Earth (Random House), a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri.

How do you unwind after a long day?

By cooking while listening to music.

How would you define ultimate success?

Raising my two sons to be successful in their professional lives, while also being nice, decent people with the right values.

I love that Jackie stays fashionable & trendy, despite leading a busy professional life as Lead Consultant at Deloitte, South Africa, wife to Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime & mommy to two gorgeous little boys!


And in an interview with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Jackie, an African Leadership Institute Fellow had this to say about her recent trip to Tunis to meeting with AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka;

During your (AfLI) meeting with AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, he stressed the role the youth should play in meeting the current political and economic development challenges in the continent. What are you doing in this regard?

In my professional capacity, I head the Deloitte Consulting Africa Strategy Desk in Johannesburg assisting clients to access opportunities across the continent. On my return to South Africa, tomorrow, for example, I will make a presentation to a group of 15 Swedish investors wanting to understand the investment opportunities and associated risks in Africa and how to navigate the landscape in terms of market opportunity identification and quantification and market entry strategy.

Sweden, traditionally, has had an aid-donor relationship with Africa through organisations such as SIDA so the new focus on Africa as an investment location marks a paradigm shift in how they will interface and engage with Africa, going forward.  I am a strong believer in letting the private sector flourish.  It is a win-win situation: Africa offers investors the highest returns anywhere in the world and in turn, Africa is better off for the investment be it in infrastructure or telecoms on condition, though, that the deal is well negotiated.   While at the Bank, we learnt of the Africa Legal Facility so in my dealings with foreign investors, I will be sure to refer the African parties to this facility for assistance.

I also sit on two boards: New Faces New Voices and the African Leadership Institute (AfLI). While Africa is making gains, I am convinced that development could be even more accelerated by involving more women and more young people.  As an AfLI board member, I am committed to the institute’s vision of developing a critical mass of young African leaders while NFNV, under the leadership and patronage of Mrs Graca Machel, advocates for innovatively investing in African women so that they are financially empowered to meaningfully contribute to the sustainable development of Africa.  NFNV is grateful to the Bank as a key partner in its efforts.

Sitting in front of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Arthur Mutambara & Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi


How Much Are We Loving JACKIE!


Holla back & let us know what you think!

Love ya for it!

Source: Destiny Magazine

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  • Zanele

    Thanks Farai,

    It’s so good to know that we have strong, empowered women guiding our leaders. It strengthens my faith that things will come right!


  • Jack Eaton

    Glad that you are doing so well Jackie. Always liked you and you were more amiable than many of my so-called colleagues.