She is a proud African citizen and Zimbabwean national. Ndana brings to the women’s movement, a sophisticated appreciation of the global philanthropy architecture, multi-faceted narratives of women’s leadership successes and struggles and a lived reality characterized by gender injustice, grit and hard work.
Prior to joining UAF-Africa, Ndana oversaw the UN Women office in Zimbabwe, where she led the execution of multi-million dollars funded EC, DFID and DANIDA Gender Support Programme. She has lectured at the Women’s University in Africa, been invited as guest lecturer and speaker at several institutions to speak about African Women’s Leadership, New Frontiers of Philanthropy, the nexus between HIV & AIDS, Ebola, Gender & Conflict; Psychology of Women as an intellectual discipline as well as on Women, Peace, Security & Justice.
Ndana is an Executive Education on Leadership alumnus of INSEAD Business School, both in France and Singapore. She earned her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Lancaster University, UK; Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Social Psychology from University of Zimbabwe and a diploma in Personnel Management. Ndana sits on the board of PROSPERA (The International Network of Women’s Funds) in Mexico. She serves on the Advisory Committee: Advancing Human Rights Initiative at The International Human Rights Funders Group in NYC-USA. Her work with UAF-Africa, the global women’s movement, the UN, academia, philanthropy institutions and regional consultancy assignments has meant extensive travels across Africa and the globe, thereby allowing her to combine her commitment to social justice with an opportunity to further explore women and girl’s realities throughout the world.
In her spare time, Ndana enjoys telling inspiring stories of women & transformation, trying out different cuisines and keeping up to date on international politics.