SENIOR APPOINTMENTS MADE TO 4-H'S GLOBAL CLOVER NETWORK
Oct. 8, 2012
Source: National 4-H Council news release
The Global Clover Network, the international operations arm of National 4-H Council, has named Her Excellency Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika as Ambassador, 4-H Africa, and Ms. Shingirirai Nyamwanza as Managing Director, 4-H Africa.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika will lead Africa-focused policy development for youth in agriculture for all Global Clover Network initiatives and Ms. Nyamwanza will work with 4-H Africa partners to implement strategies and execute projects for Global Clover initiatives.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika will lead 4-H policy advocacy around the youth solution in modern agricultural development -- two of the most important areas for Africa's advancement. She will also head up the development of a Pan-African 4-H Advisory Council, and mentor country 4-H leaders.
Ms. Nyamwanza will work with partners across Africa to strengthen the capacity of 4-H leaders, professionals and volunteers in country-led 4-H organizations. She will work closely with Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika and 4-H country leaders to implement market-based youth-in-agriculture projects and sustainable models for food security based on the 4-H Positive Youth Development approach.
"More than 100 years ago, young people helped to change food production in America starting with the launch of corn clubs, which then became 4-H. This same model of agricultural technology transfer is still at work today and thriving in Africa where 4-H engages more than 250,000 young people," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council and the Global Clover Network.
"I know of no other African leader with the depth of experience and passion for young people that
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika possesses. Ms. Nyamwanza has been a key architect of our strategy to strengthen 4-H organizations in Africa. For us this is the Dream Team for guiding our efforts to put young people in the forefront of Africa's Green Revolution."
Most recently, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika, served as Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to Brussels and the European Union (EU) from 2010 to 2012. She also served as Dean of the Zambia Diplomatic Corps from 2009 to 2012.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika served as the Zambian Ambassador to the United States of America from 2003 to 2010. From 1991 to 2001 she was elected member of the Zambian Parliament and was the first African woman to head a political party in 1993 and ran for President of Zambia in 2001. From 1980 to 1990, she worked with UNICEF covering 42 African countries and has consulted with other UN agencies and worked with the African Union (AU).
She was part of the African Women's Movement for Peace and Reconciliation and led the delegation into Rwanda after the genocide. Her lifelong passion and commitment is child and youth development.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika studied at The New York University, California State University, Orange Coast College California, University of Uppsala and Institute de Francais, respectively. She holds a PhD in Education; MA in Education and Psychology; BSc in Home Economics and Education; and Diplomas in Advanced Leadership Training, Peace and Conflict Resolution, French and Bible Studies. She lives in Mongu, Zambia.
Ms. Nyamwanza, served most recently as the Global Projects Manager for the Global Clover Network. In this role she developed and managed multi-year, multi-million dollar projects focused on Africa and Asia. She served as the liaison between 4-H Africa country leaders and the Global Clover Network and was instrumental in creating the strategic framework for the Global Clover initiatives. Prior to this role she held positions in Grants Management and Resource Development where she managed grants and partnered with senior fundraisers to raise more that $15 million for the 4-H movement nationwide.
Before joining National 4-H Council, Ms. Nyamwanza worked at General Electric in product management. She holds an MBA and a BA in Biology from Bellarmine University. She is a native of Zimbabwe and will be relocating to Africa.
About The Global Clover Network
4-H programs have taken root in more than 70 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Worldwide, 4-H programs operate autonomously but all share the goal of improving the lives of 7 million young people and their families. Around the world, 4-H is proven as an effective tool for agricultural and economic development.
4-H "graduates" have skills that enable them to craft a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families, and will enter adulthood ready to serve as catalysts for positive change in their communities, economies, and governments.
In Africa particularly, 4-H currently engages close to 200,000 young people in 11 countries. With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DuPont, 4-H will increase the capacity of staff and volunteers to aggressively expand the program across the continent over the next 2 years, while reaching 250,000 young people with agriculture and economic skills.