Reyhana Masters (Chairperson)
Reyhana has been a part of the media sector in Zimbabwe over the last 3 decades as a journalist, trainer, researcher and a media and communications consultant She has wide and varied experience in the media and has subsequently commanded senior editorial positions in various media organisations in Zimbabwe .
In the early 2000s she was elected the chairperson of the Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern African and also served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Regional Governing Council of MISA, the parent body headquartered in Namibia. It was during this period that she made her mark as a media activist campaigning for media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe, southern Africa and on diverse international platforms. Reyhana has been involved in numerous media related projects ranging from monitoring content to the moderation of the regional African Media Barometer – an analytical tool to measure the national media environments on the African continent.
Precious Chakasikwa (Deputy Chairperson)
Precious is an Advocate with Kantor and Immerman. She has rich experience of civil society board management through her involvement with several organisations that include the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Population Services International Zimbabwe, the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ), the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the Women’s University in Africa (Steering Committee). She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a higher national diploma in Marketing.
Cris Chinaka (Programme Development Committee)
Cris is a renowned journalist and media consultant. He worked for more than 20 years at Reuters International News Service and is the former bureau chief for the news agency in Zimbabwe. He practised for more than 30 years as a journalist. Cris is currently involved in local, regional and international training and mentoring of journalists, and is heavily involved in Investigative Reporting initiatives. He is the Vice Chairperson at the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and chairs the Media Centre (Zimbabwe) as well as The Source boards of trustees.He is a renowned journalist and media consultant.
Israel Mabhande (Management Committee)
Israel is a registered public accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe (ACIS). He has over 20 years’ experience working as an administrator and accounting consultant in both the public and private sectors. Israel is currently the Managing Consultant at Ima Consultants, an accounting, tax and corporate secretarial consultancy firm. He worked as a Business Tax Compliance Manager at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants. Between 2000 and 2003, he was a member of the Board of Appeal of the African Industrial Property Organisation (ARIPO), a regional grouping of English-speaking African countries. He also served as a committee member of the National Committee on Intangible Heritage in 1999 and, from 2002 to early 2004 was the Co-ordinator of the Intellectual Property Exposition (IP Expo).
Foster Dongozi (Programme Development Committee)
Foster is a veteran journalist who has worked for reputable local and international publications. He has held senior newsroom positions locally for a period spanning more than 15 years. Foster is a renowned media activist and the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) secretary general. His media activism has seen him being elected the deputy president of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ).