The Zimbabwe Independent

Nyamazana named Chartered Secretary of the Year


Africa Corporate Advisors managing director Michael Nyamazana was declared the Chartered Secretary of the Year for 2019 during a formal dinner at the Institute of Chartered Secretarie­s and Administra­tors in Zimbabwe annual conference in Nyanga.

Cater 4 U managing director Leonora Mawire was declared runner-up. Past presidents and long serving members of the institute John Chikura and Richards Summers were presented with certificat­es of appreciati­on from the institute and Corporate Governance Institute Global, of which ICSA Z is a division, at the same event.

Reading the citation prior to presenting Nyamazana with the Chartered /Secretary of the Year trophy, ICSA Z secretary and chief executive Lovemore Gomera said he had more than 30 years working experience in East and Southern Africa.

He was on the Southern African Developmen­t Community (SAD C) roster of key experts in investment, the public sector and investment climate reforms.

He was actively involved in developing the

C investment promotion and developmen­t

SAD policies since 2014. In 2019 he completed the developmen­t of the Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Strategy and Investment Portal for the SAD C Region.

He handled a variety of European Union and African Developmen­t Bank assignment­s as team leader, project coordinato­r/manager or key expert.

In 2016 he was the financial specialist spearheadi­ng the developmen­t of the Zimbabwe Investment Policy and Investment Brand by the Ministry of Macroecono­mic Planning and Investment Planning.

After 19 years in banking and corporate finance, including five years with the Internatio­nal Finance Corporatio­n, he had in 2004 teamed up with a colleague to set up Africa Corporate Advisors to facilitate the flow of foreign direct investment and general developmen­t assistance in East and Southern Africa.

Gomera said he had extensive experience in investment policy formulatio­n and reforms and private sector developmen­t. He was a highly experience­d project manager.

“He is an excellent team player and team leader, a registered public accountant and a certified banker,” he said.

Nyamazana could hardly believe that, having been runner-up for the award in 2001, all these years later he was being honoured as the Chartered Secretary of the Year.

“I would have thought the award would have come to a much younger person. I’m knocking on the door of 60,” Nyamazana (59) said.

He expressed his appreciati­on of the award. “It’s always very encouragin­g when you get recognitio­n,” he said.

In his citation for the runner-up award, Gomera said Leonora Mawire had distinguis­hed herself in governance and accounting.

She was the founder and director of two business entities, Cater 4 U, which was a catering company, and Consulting Service, an accounting service and tax advisory service.

“In 2019, despite the economic recession in the country, she successful­ly managed and grew Cater For You by 80 percent. The Consulting Service (Pvt) Ltd offered secretaria­l, tax and accounting services to 28 entities with a combined asset base of over US$ 500 million,” he said.

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Africa Corporate Advisors managing director Michael Nyamazana

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