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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. 

DIRECTORS

Prof. Dixon Chibanda

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Founder & CEO

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Martha Mashonganyika

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Director of Finances

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Lena Zamchiya

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Director of Operations & Franchise

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OPERATION LEADS

Nanzeni

Mudzengi

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Administration

Ephraim Chiriseri

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Monitoring & Evaluations

Manager

Chengetayi Nyamukapa

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Country Scale Up

Coordinator

Jean Turner

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Media & Communications 

Manager

CORE TEAM 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS

Prof. Melanie Abas

Professor of Global Mental Health

Prof. Ricardo Araya

Professor of Global Mental Health

Prof. Martin Prince

Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry

Dr. Bradley Wagenaar

Acting Assistant Professor,

Global Health

Dr. Victoria Simms

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Prof. Frances Cowan

Professor of Global Mental Health

Prof. Helen Weiss

Professor of Epidemiology

Lorna Gibson

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology