Board & Executive Management

Mr Bernamy Chiganze - Non-Executive Chairman, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company

Ben Chiganze is the non-executive Chairman of Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company and is the Managing Consultant at CLC Training International (Pvt.) Ltd. He has worked for FBC as the Corporate and Institutional Banking Manager and for CGU as a Claims Superintendent. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Zimbabwe, a Masters in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and a Marketing Diploma from the Institute of Marketing Management (South Africa). Ben is also a registered Estates Administrator with the Institute of Estates Administrators of Zimbabwe.

Mr Philip Mataranyika – Group Chief Executive Officer

Philip is the founder of the Nyaradzo Group. He worked at Old Mutual for fifteen years before leaving at the level of Financial Advisor to start the Nyaradzo Group in 2001. Highlights in Philip’s career include being awarded the Old Mutual Chairman’s Prize for Top Financial Advisor for five consecutive years, 1996-2001. Philip is a graduate of the Institute of Marketing Management (South Africa). He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Management from the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe.

Ms. Edith Hatendi – Finance Director

Edith’s experience in finance spans across a number of sectors having worked for PG Industries, Innscor Fast Foods, Lonrho Industries and Acol Chemicals. Edith joined Nyaradzo in April 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe, a Certificate in Management Techniques from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management and is a Fellow of ACCA. Edith is an MBA graduate from the Nottingham Trent Business School in the United Kingdom.

Mr Webster Chikengezha - Managing Director, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company

Prior to joining Nyaradzo, Webster worked for the United Methodist Dental Clinic as an administrator from 1994-2001. He then joined Nyaradzo in August of 2001 as Marketing Manager and established Nyaradzo Funeral Services in 2003 as the Managing Director. In June 2004 he was transferred to Calundike Exports. Webster became the Group Business and Projects Director in 2006 to 2010 and spearheaded the growth of the business through an expansion programme which saw the birth of 6 fully fledged branches in 12 months. Later in 2011 he was transferred to Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance as Managing Director, a position he holds to date. He led the Company to be the top Funeral Assurer in the country for a consecutive two years and now controlling more than 55% of the market share. He managed to take the Company to another level from Funeral Assurance to a Life Company. Webster holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Mr Tawanda Sungai - Non-Executive Director, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company

Tawanda is the Founding Director of Road Angels Zimbabwe which he currently runs as its Managing Director. In 1999, he joined the Delta Graduate Trainee programme completing it in 2001. He has worked for the Pelhams Group and Nissan Clover Leaf Motors. Tawanda holds a BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe, Retail Marketing and Personal Selling Certificates from the Institute of Marketing Management (South Africa) and an MSc. in Leadership and Change Management with Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.

Mrs Jane T. Maponga - Non-Executive Director, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company

Jane is a human resources practitioner with extensive experience in industrial relations as well as in the area of rural and urban development and gender. She has over twenty years of hands-on experience in social protection and addressing the challenges of marginalized women and vulnerable children and orphans through strengthening social and economic support systems. Jane has held senior human resources posts in private, government and civil society organizations where she has acquired experience in staff recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, creating networks and coalitions and managing work processes. She has experience in capacity building as well as in evaluating the impact of development projects, undertaking baseline surveys for social support, institutional capacity assessment, gender mainstreaming and organizational development. Jane sits on the Board of the Zimbabwe Social Protection Platform and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe.

Mrs Wendy R. Chingeya-Mandizira - Non-Executive Director, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company

Wendy is a legal practitioner by profession with 23 years’ experience and is the Senior Partner of Chingeya-Mandizira Legal Practitioners. She has vast experience in both public and private legal sectors. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) Hons. Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and is currently working on her Masters of Law with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Mr Tendayi Kanjanda - General Manager, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company and Chairman, Eureka Insurance Brokers

Tendayi has more than 25 years’ experience in pensions and insurance of which more than 10 years were at senior executive level reporting to the Board. He has worked for different organizations that include Old Mutual, Fidelity Life Assurance, Local Authorities Pension Fund, Motor Industry Pension Fund and Mining Industry Pension Fund where he was the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer for four years. Tendayi holds an MBA degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Applied Accounting from the Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Mr Innocent Chiganze – Non-Executive Director, Eureka Insurance Brokers

Innocent is a pilot by training and he obtained his licence in Nigeria where he trained for four years. He is currently the Director General - Logistics at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters. He holds an Executive Diploma in Business Management from The Women’s University in Africa (Zimbabwe), a Certificate in Meteorology (1980) - Kenya, a Certificate in Public Administration (1993) - Ghana and has attended a number of military courses as well as Defence and Management courses. Innocent has an MBA from the Women's University in Africa (Zimbabwe) and is studying for a Masters in Development Studies with the same institution. He is the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Chitungwiza.

Mr Phillip Chakawarika - Non-Executive Director, Eureka Insurance Brokers

Phillip is a well-polished ex-banker now business-person and a member of the Institute of Directors of Zimbabwe. He is the Audit and Risk Chairperson for Nyaradzo Group. He has over 16 years of banking experience and 11 years of post-employment business experience and has sat on various boards. Phillip left Interfin Merchant Bank as a General Manager, Treasury Back Office Operations in 2003 in order to oversee the formation of Custodial Services of Zimbabwe, a specialist company that is involved in safe custody of sensitive documents. He ran Custodial Services of Zimbabwe as Managing Director from 2004 to 2007. In 2008, he partnered with business associates and saw the formation of yet another very powerful brand, ACL Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. He is the Group Finance and Administration Director of ACL Holdings and also has significant interest in the company. Phillip is a holder of several professional qualifications, among them IOBZ and a Certificate in Business Studies and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree with the University of Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr Jameson Chindavata - Managing Director, Calundike Exports

James started his career at Gold Print in 1993, before moving to Hunyani Paper and Packaging as an Assistant accountant. He joined Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance in 2002 as an Accountant and rose to the rank of Financial Director. In 2006, he was transferred to spearhead the growth of Calundike Exports as the Managing Director the position he holds to date. James is a holder of an MBA with the Zimbabwe Open University, a holder of a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours with the University of Zimbabwe and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (CIS).

Mrs Mavis M. Mataranyika - General Manager, Nyaradzo Funeral Services

Mavis started her career with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in 1994 before joining the University of Zimbabwe and finally the Nyaradzo Group in 2001. She holds an Executive Development Programme Diploma from the University of Zimbabwe, a City and Guilds of London Institute Science Laboratory Technicians Part 2 and a National Certificate in Science Technology. Mavis has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) with the same institution.

Mr Brighton C Chinyere - General Manager, Projects

Brighton joined Nyaradzo in 2001 after having worked for Old Mutual in various capacities for eleven years. He won numerous awards of excellence in the marketing of life products including being nominated IPMZ Runner-up Manager of the Year in 2009. He was appointed to his current position at Nyaradzo in 2010. Brighton holds a Diploma in Insurance from the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe and an Executive Development Programme Diploma from the University of Zimbabwe.

Ms. Tariro Nyakujara - Company Secretary & Legal Advisor

Tariro is a registered legal practitioner, conveyancer and notary public. She started her career in 1993 as a Public Prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office, rising through the ranks to become a Principal Law Officer and Area Public Prosecutor for Manicaland. She prosecuted in the Provincial Courts, Regional Courts and the High Court of Zimbabwe. Tariro worked for the Ministry of Local Government as Director Legal Services from 2003-2006. In 2004, she was seconded to the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office to deal with Land Acquisition Cases at the Administrative Court of Zimbabwe. She worked as a Magistrate for the Magistrates Commission of Namibia from 2007-2010 and joined Nyaradzo in March 2011. Tariro holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe, a Certificate in Public Management from the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Management and an MBA from the Zimbabwe Open University.