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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. 

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Prof. Dixon
Chibanda

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Founder & CEO

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Dr. Ruth
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Global Training & Research

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Lena Zamchiya

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Chief Operating Officer

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Martha 

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Director of Finances

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Dr. Rukudzo Mwamuka

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Associate Programmes

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OPERATION LEADS

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Nanzeni

Mudzengi

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Administration

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Chengetayi Nyamukapa

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Country Scale Up

Coordinator

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Monitoring & Evaluations

Manager

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Media & Communications 

Manager

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Research Operations

Manager

CORE TEAM 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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