Chipiwa Zimbwa is a people-focused C-suite executive with extensive experience in both corporate and non-profit industries. Her experience in senior leadership roles spans financial management, corporate governance, and resource mobilization to deliver organizational goals in higher education, health, financial services, and professional services.

Prior to joining CMU-Africa, Zimbwa held several leadership roles, including finance director with an NGO, commodities finance manager with a tea and coffee company, and senior finance business partner with a global bank. Throughout her career, Zimbwa has always been passionate about coaching, mentoring, and helping to empower others to become the best versions of themselves.

Zimbwa holds a master of science in corporate governance, and a Higher National Diploma in accounting. She is also a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK.

As chief operating officer, Zimbwa provides executive leadership to ensure CMU-Africa’s financial, administrative, and operational integrity. She oversees the budget and core operational areas including human resources, information technology, finance, business services and facilities, ensuring alignment with CMU-Africa and the College of Engineering’s strategic goals and business needs. She is accountable for the effective allocation of resources, enhancing consistency, efficiency and coordination across the administrative and financial operations that are critical to faculty, staff, and student success.


  • Campus finances
  • Campus facilities
  • Operational performance
  • Information technology services
  • People and culture
  • Strategy execution
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