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Hi, we're the

FRIENDSHIP BENCH TEAM

Carriers of connection and empathy. Driven by the belief that if we can create safe spaces in communities where people can find a sense of belonging, then we can change the lives of millions of people to enhance their mental wellbeing and improve their quality of life. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Prof. Dixon Chibanda

Friendship Bench Founder & CEO

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SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Lena Zamchiya

Chief Operating Officer

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Zvikomborero Tsiga 

Development Manager

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Tapiwa 
Takaona

Head of Strategic Information and Evaluation (SIE)

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Lloyd Dzapasi

Livelihoods Manager, CKT Focus

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Petros Matorera

Assistant Clinical Manager

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Noel Rupanga

Grants and Compliance Manager

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Dr. Thandiwe
Mashunye

Head of Programmes

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Robert Mungofa

Finance Manager

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Clinical Manager

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Department Managers

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Ephraim
Chiriseri

SIE Manager

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Charmaine
Chitiyo

Programmes Manager

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Operations Manager

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Media & Comms Manager

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Ethel
Manda

Training Manager

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Sandra
Muzambi

IT Manager

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Tawanda Madzidzise

Data Systems Manager

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Dorothy
Msipa

People & Culture Officer, PA to CEO

CO-ORDINATORS, OFFICERS AND ASSISTANTS

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Digital Platform Co-ordinator

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Bithia
Mbiri

Administration Assistant

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Platform Assistant

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Community Engagement and Media Relations

Co-ordinator

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Digital Platform Officer

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Media and Comms Assistant

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Finance Officer

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Fundraising Officer

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Data Systems Officer

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Client Relations Officer

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Client Relations Officer

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People & Culture Officer,

PA to CEO

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Finance Officer

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Finance Assistant

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Finance Assistant

IMPLEMENTATION MANAGERS

ASSISTANT IMPLEMENTATION MANAGERS & OFFICERS

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Property Caretaker

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House Keeper

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Lena
Hungwe

House Keeper

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Driver

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USAID-DIV, Friendship Bench Team
2022-2025

IT & SIE

Sandra Netsai Muzambi

IT Manager USAID DIV

Jabulani Nkiwane

Data Systems Officer

Implementation Managers

Karen Mangwiro

Mthandazo Maphosa

Ruth Ndoorwi

Onismus Mudanwa

Implementation Officers

Julliana Chigwida

 

Kudakwashe Shumbayaonda

 

Tanaka Natalie Murwira

 

Chido Daphne Masocha

 

Patience Bumhira

 

Shumirai Maengahama

FRIENDSHIP BENCH CONSULTANTS

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Special Populations Consultant

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Research Coordinator

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Lloyd Dzapasi

SUCCEED Project & Livelihoods Manager, CKT Focus

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SUCCEED Project & Implementation Manager

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS

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Prof. Melanie Abas

Professor of Global Mental Health

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Prof. Ricardo Araya

Professor of Global Mental Health

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Prof. Martin Prince

Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry

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Dr. Bradley Wagenaar

Acting Assistant Professor,

Global Health

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Dr. Victoria Simms

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

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Prof. Frances Cowan

Professor of Global Mental Health

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Prof. Helen Weiss

Professor of Epidemiology

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Lorna Gibson

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

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