The Honorable Simba Makoni has over 20 years’ experience in business and general management, development policy formulation and strategic planning, international diplomacy, regional and international trade, and investment.
The former Minister of Finance and Economic Development for the government of Zimbabwe, Mr. Makoni is the Managing Director for Makonsult, a consulting practice focusing on policies and strategies that bear on business and politics in Eastern and Southern Africa. Among other services, Mr. Makoni offers his clients strategic analysis of the current investment factors affecting the potential for trade; political risk assessment; donor-funded project analysis and donor procedures; and partnership potential assessment.
Mr. Makoni has been involved in the development of public policies regarding trade, economic development and communications for the Southern African region in many capacities, beginning as a member of the Parliament of Zimbabwe. He has served as the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture; the Minister of Industry and Energy Development; Minister of Agriculture; and the Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
Mr. Makoni has a BSc (Hons) from Leeds University, UK in Chemistry and Zoology and a PhD, Medicinal Chemistry from Leicester Polytechnic, UK.