Tapfuma is a trade and investment executive who is dedicated to increasing the connectivity between African markets and other regions of the world. Having grown up a Canadian citizen, his passion led him to live in and spend most of his working life in several African countries. He began in community development, then pivoted to entrepreneurship and established a couple of companies including a logistics company that moved FMCG’s for a blue-chip company. He then pivoted to the market intelligence industry where he consulted multinational clients from various sectors seeking to penetrate African markets. Through these experiences Tapfuma possesses a unique understanding in achieving business growth in challenging economic environments.
Tapfuma has a diverse academic background, having obtained a B. Sc. Biology from the University of Toronto, where he is also currently pursuing a Global Executive MBA. He is passionate about leading high performance teams and has PMP certification, as well as specialized project management training from the University of the Witwatersrand.
He is now based in Toronto, Canada and is the Founder of Eschaton Solutions Ltd. – a boutique trade and investment firm that seeks to further the exchange between African and other markets. He offers forward-looking market analysis, expertise and advice to clients who seek to participate in the growth of African markets. He also leads several innovation projects developed through Eschaton’s own IP that seek to solve some of Africa’s pressing issues.
Edward is a keen entrepreneur with a passion for development. He is particularly focused on agriculture and education. Originally from Zimbabwe and now based in South Africa, he possesses first-hand awareness of the importance of cross-border collaboration. He joined Tapfuma to play a key role in executing the vision for greater private sector development across Africa. He represents the company in Johannesburg, a key commercial gateway to Africa.
Edward has an MA Environmental Science and Education; he also possesses certification in specialized Project Management, as well as in Training and Development.
Eschaton Solutions Ltd. works with selected consultants for various projects based on the expertise required.
Lebogang founded a company called Afro Visionary Legacy, a boutique strategic advisory firm. She has experience as a strategic advisor having worked for top-tier consulting firms such Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG. Her career has seen her travel to 19 African countries, Australia, UK, Dubai and USA. She currently serves on the advisory board of the African Women in Energy and Power.
She holds a Master of International Business awarded with distinction and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University, Australia. She studied African Studies to understand the needs of the Continent. As a speaker, she has shared stages with, Vice President , H.E. Jewel Taylor; Former Vice President ,H.E. Joice Mujuru; Former President, H.E. Mkapa; Former President, H.E. Marzouki; Former President , H.E. Mbeki and Former President, H.E. Mohamud, She represented the Africa region during the Football for Peace event with HRH Prince of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Carolyn Van is an educator, innovator, a creative and big thinker and is known for tackling complex problems and challenging convention. Carolyn currently co-leads the Ontario DIG Community Lab & Innovation Hub to help improve productivity in farming and mitigate challenges related to climate adaptation through building resilience in the global food supply chain.
Prior to this, she played a critical role at Canada Learning Code in scaling up and deepening impact as the Director of Program Design, through bringing meaningful and relevant computer science education (now being taught by K-12 Educators and community leaders across Canada) to learners 6 years old to 60+ across Canada with a focus on reaching marginalized, underserved, underrepresented communities. This included women, young girls, indigenous populations and those residing in rural and remote communities.
She looks forward to bringing her experience with changing the narrative in the future of technology - to the future of agriculture.
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Chisanga Chekwe is President of the Masomo Education Foundation, a Canadian charitable organisation that provides scholarships to young men and women from low income families.
Before that he served as Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship Immigration and International Trade. He was also Deputy Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues and Seniors’ Affairs. As Deputy Minister he was responsible for the policy work that led to the passage of the Ontario Immigration Act, the only provincial immigration law outside Quebec.
Chisanga was previously Chair of the Social Benefits Tribunal. He spent a year in Zambia on a leave of absence from the Ontario Public Service, working as Country Manager for First Quantum Minerals, with responsibilities for government liaison, negotiations and policy development.
In 1998, he became the founding Chair and CEO of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal.. His experience also includes several senior positions with Canadian and international organizations, including the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Meridien International Bank, England the law firm of Lloyd Jones & Collins, Zambia and the United Nations.
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