Dr. Tawanda Mutasah is the Vice President of Oxfam America’s for Global Partnership and Impact. Tawanda is a lawyer and human rights advocate with over 25 years of experience in international non-profit sector. He was Senior Director for Law and Policy at the Amnesty International Secretariat where he led the organization’s work on climate justice, gender justice, and disability rights. He was also formerly Chair of their Africa Advisory Board, and Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa before taking up the position of Global Director of Programs. He also established the Southern Africa Resource Watch, which researches and advocates on fair economies and protection of human rights in the extractive industries sector.
Tawanda also worked for Oxfam Great Britain as a spokesperson on African issues, coordinating policy, communications, humanitarian and long-term development programs, as part of the management team in the Southern Africa region. He has also held roles with Impact Development Associates and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.
Dr. Mutasah is a prolific contributor and commentator in various media outlets covering topics such as the rule of law, human rights and democracy.
He trained in law at Harvard University, New York University and the University of Zimbabwe, and holds a management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Tawanda has taught at the Paris School of International Affairs on international humanitarian law and human rights laws. It is an honor to have Dr. Mutasah on our Board as a champion of a robust pan-African agenda wherever he serves.