Rumbidzai Chisenga

Director of Leadership Programs
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development
Rumbidzai Chisenga is the Director of Leadership Programs at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development. She leads the Amujae Initiative, the EJS Center’s flagship program that prepares African women to unapologetically take up roles in the highest echelons of public leadership. Ms. Chisenga is one of twelve globally identified civic innovators who were part of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars (2018 -2019). She completed a leadership development residency at Columbia University in New York City as an Obama Scholar. Ms. Chisenga was previously a Program Manager at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), a pan-African think tank that advocates for the adoption of Afrocentric approaches in addressing the continent’s socio-economic development challenges. Ms. Chisenga was instrumental in establishing the MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development, setting up the program’s operational processes at inception. She was also in charge of the MINDS Youth Program on Elections and Governance, a civic education initiative that equips African youth for meaningful participation in governance. Under this program, Ms. Chisenga coordinated an alumni network spread across 53 African countries. Ms. Chisenga received a bachelor’s degree of commerce (Economics and Accounting) from Rhodes University in South Africa and a master’s degree of management (Entrepreneurship) from Wits Business School in South Africa. She has extensive experience working as a cross-sectoral management consultant and has previously founded a social enterprise.