About Us

The Future of Africa is Young

Formed in Zimbabwe in 2015, Udugu Institute has three main areas of focus: Policy, Innovation and Education. We at Udugu realize that the Future of Africa is Young and we believe that by working to harness the youth dividend in key sectors, we can make Africa function better economically, socially and politically. Our core function is implementation support in these three areas of focus.


Governance and policy exist in every sector and function of society. In order to drive lasting and sustainable progress, policy engagement is key. 




As old industries and job functions disappear over time, new more relevant one’s will replace them. Udugu has created an ecosystem that allows young innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive as they work to create the future of Africa


The backbone of all of our projects and initiatives is education; at the heart of our work we strive to develop and maintain thought-leadership in an ever-changing continent. We work to train and equip the future leaders.



Udugu Board MEMBERS

Mungai Nginya Lenneiye

Founding Trustee and Director
Mungai’s career started 35 years ago and has been dominated by working during periods of transition in East, Central and Southern Africa – at first working during transitions associated with decolonization: In Zimbabwe (1981), Namibia (1991), and South Africa (1996); and secondly, with transitions from single party rule to multi-party democracy in the Zambia (1993) and Malawi (1995), followed by the Zimbabwe (2009) transition. Between 2000 and 2006, he worked with the World Bank in Washington DC as a Senior Social Protection Specialist and as World Bank Country Manager in Zimbabwe during 2007-2014. He authored a book of Case Studies on Public Sector Leadership Development in 2000; and in 2015 released a monograph titled Ushe’s Mission in Zimbabwe: Leadership Lessons on Change Leadership. He is the founder of Udugu Institute.

Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda

Trustee and Board Chair
Former Mayor of Harare, Mr. Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda, also known as Much, BL (Hons), FCIArb (UK), serves as a Partner of Gill, Godlonton and Gerrans Legal Practitioners and is an attorney with extensive experience. He sits on the boards of various private and public companies. From 2010 to 2013,he served as Co-President of the United Cities & Local Governments (UCLG), representing Africa in the worldwide association of Mayors and Governors of Local & Residential Authorities. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the BMW Guggenheim LAB, an international mobile laboratory focused on making cities more livable, inclusive and capable of catering for the diverse interests of its citizens. He has served for a considerable length of time on the panel of arbitrators for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Thule Lenneiye

Trustee and Board member
An Environmental Economist and electronic banking specialist, Thule has over 5 years experience in starting and operating businesses in Zimbabwe and the sub-saharan Africa region. She has worked in the fields of electronic and mobile banking products development and distribution at Redan Mobile Transactions and Tetrad e-Mali as Head of Operations. Thule holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics. Thule currently manages all projects at The Institute by drawing from her extensive knowledge in the setup and operation of e-commerce services in a local context; and has the right attitude and outlook for the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses in Zimbabwe. Her “hands on” approach to management is an advantage to keeping the services offered by the Trust on its growth path without compromising service efficiency and quality

Mandivamba (Mandi) Rukuni

Co-Founder Trustee
Mandi is an experienced development policy analyst and strategist in a variety of sectors including business, finance, government, and education. He worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 11 years as Director for Africa Programs. In this role, he has served as a consultant to countless organizations, which include the World Bank, European Union, USAID, DFID, CIDA, Rockefeller Foundation, Winrock Foundation, and McKnight Foundations. Further, Professor Rukuni served on several international boards in Zimbabwe. Over the last 5 years he has devoted a significant amount of effort as strategic advisor to the African Union NEPAD programs including Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Rural Futures Program. He has received several honours and awards and has published 15 books and more than 100 articles.

Core Team

Sibongile Lenneiye

Project Manager
Sibongile has a background in Environmental Science, working on projects in the NGO and public sector. Her experience in the donor sector has included evaluating the impact of outreach programmes and grants, primarily on underresourced schools. She has worked in the energy sector with a focus on research and stakeholder consultation and engagement, and was part of the team contracted to develop the first renewable energy policy of Zimbabwe. She has worked on a projects to increase government, NGO and citizen engagement as part of enhancing policy reforms and more broadly, economic governance. Formerly at Deloitte, Sibongile joined the Udugu team in early 2018. Outside of Udugu, as a musician, she is very active in the music and sociocultural scene in the country and the region

Irene Chikumbo

Programs Coordinator
Irene is part of the core Udugu team and is currently developing the Udugu Nexus Policy and Discourse Dialogue Series. Irene runs Entrepreneurship Programming mainly the ACT Entrepreneurship Program. Over the past 5 years Irene has been working in the entrepreneurship and innovation space on a number of projects. Her project portfolio has included the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Innovation Baraza, Startup Weekend Harare and the Global Startup Battle. Her postgraduate studies at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden were grounded in the areas of innovation and sustainability. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow that was based at Northwestern University in Chicago Irene has co-authored two research papers with one focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and another on Innovation Value Chains in the Telecommunications Sector. Her previous work experience has included time at Ericsson, USADF, Udugu Institute and OK Zimbabwe

Constantine Nyanzero

Partnership Manager
Constantine is an enterprise development specialist currently serving at Innovation Baraza as Program’s Development. Costa is a graduate of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a U.S State Department Initiative. He sits on the Emerging Ideas Board and is the co-founder of Pitch Night. He was instrumental in the pioneering the fastest growing partnership in the startup environment, between Telecel Zimbabwe and the small scale entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. He is the Head Africa.co Fellow in Zimbabwe and does freelance research work for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Costa manages the Udugu’s Batanai-2-Create (B2C) coworking space in Harare. The group works with organizations ranging from governmental bodies, DFI’s and corporate entities. A number of prominent Zimbabwean startups have emerged out of the space