PMI Zimbabwe Chapter

Virtual PMI Zimbabwe Annual Conference Registration

Virtual PMI Zimbabwe Annual Project Management Conference

Virtual PMI Zimbabwe Annual Project Management Conference

The current global environment is described as VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous). This environment, characterized by rapid changes, dynamism, changing market trends, digital transformations as well as intense competition, is causing a lot of disruption across all sectors of the economy and society.  As such organisations, public and private, profit and non-profit, must adapt to continue to successfully deliver value as they face everchanging regulatory, social, competitive, technological and stakeholder requirements.

Recent research and experiences enhance the understanding that resilience and adaptability/flexibility are must-have skills for both organizations and project professionals to succeed in this current environment. An Agile mindset can be a potential approach to become flexible and resilient as well as to cultivate high performing teams that deliver value.

 The Zimbabwe Chapter of the Project Management Institute is organizing a 2021 Annual Conference with the theme, ‘Embracing an Agile Mindset! Delivering Value in Uncertain Times. The 2-day conference aims to discuss how organizations and professionals can adopt the attitudes that form the Agile mindset for strategic, business, project and leadership performance. 

Event Properties

Event Date 11-05-2021 9:00 am
Event End Date 11-06-2021 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-06-2021
Cut Off Date 11-06-2021 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free
No. of Strategic PDUs 5
No. of Technical PDUs 3
No. of Leadership PDUs 2
Location VIRTUAL


Friday 0900 – 0910

Opening of Conference – Venue Marshall

by Carl Paradzai

Friday 0910 – 0915

Ice Breaker

Friday 0915 – 0945

Opening and Welcome remarks

by Flavious Coffee, the PMI Zimbabwe Chapter President.

Friday 0945 – 1030

Organizational Strategy and Project Management Interface! An Imperative for Success

by Dr Shelly Gondo, Construction Project Manager

Friday 1030 – 1045

Tea Break/Marketing

Friday 1045 – 1145

Keynote Address: Powering the Project Economy!

by Ashwini Bakshi, PMI Managing Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

Friday 1145 - 1200

Marketing Break

Friday 1200 - 1245

Agile Transformation in Banking and Insurance: A Mindset Shift

by Chester Nziradzemhuka, CEO BizSource Consultancy

Friday 1245 – 1345


Friday 1345 – 1430

Driving Project Management through Transformational Leadership

by Eugene Chaduka, Group Chief Technology Officer at Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe

Friday 1430 – 1445

Marketing Break

Friday 1445 – 1530

"What Is Kanban For Knowledge Work And (How) Can One Use It For Project Management?"

by Mathias Tolken, Business Agility Coach

Friday 1530 - 1545

Tea Break/Marketing

Friday 1545 – 1645

Group Assignment: Your Angle on Success based on the PMI Talent Triangle

by the Moderator

Saturday 0845 – 0915

The Value of Project Management in a Changing World!

by Flavious Coffee, the PMI Zimbabwe Chapter President

Saturday 0915 – 1000

Panel Session

Project Management Experiences

Saturday 1000 – 1015

Tea Break/Marketing

Saturday 1015 – 1100

PMI Zimbabwe Chapter, Powering the Project Economy

by Anesu Vere

Saturday 1100 - 1115

Marketing Break

Saturday 1115 - 1200

Managing Projects in Turbulent Times! Agility from a Client’s Perspective.

by Batsirai Simango, Head of Corporate Strategy for Nyaradzo Group

Saturday 1200 – 1230

Key Learnings and Takeaways (Summary of Events and Sessions)

by Carl Paradzai

Saturday 1230 – 1245

Closing Remarks (conference ends)

by Musafare Alfai


Ashwini Bakshi

PMI Managing Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

Ashwini Bakshi is the Managing Director of PMI's Europe and Sub-Sarahan Africa regions. He leads PMI's growth and organizational development in the combined region. Ashwini is responsible for PMI operations which include 66 chapters across two continents, bringing PMI closer to customer needs. He plays a crucial role in developing an enhanced local experience for our stakeholders across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ashwini is a versatile professional with over 25 years in solutions, business development, managed mergers, acquisitions, and alliances across diverse geographies of Europe and the Asia Pacific. He has worked in larger organizations like Nokia and Ericsson. He excels in creating value through resolving customers' needs through agile team-work, and aims to build trusted win-win relationships. More recently, Ashwini served as the Managing Director for Kathrein Mobile Communications for the Asia Pacific region. He set up and led the company's R&D, supply chain, operations, sales, and systems integration partnerships in the region. Ashwini has a Bachelor of Science from Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in India. Ashwini is a squash enthusiast and a qualified yoga instructor. He loves to read, trade ideas, and enjoys music.

Arthur Marara

award-winning attorney, author, entrepreneur, business and transformational speaker.

Arthur is a phenomenal keynote speaker, corporate and personal development speaker commanding the stage with his delightful humor, raw energy, and wealth of life experience. He is passionate about peak performance, strategy, financial wellness, team building, culture shift and personal development. He has been invited to speak to several listed companies, NGOs, schools, churches and individuals in Zimbabwe and beyond the borders.

Dr Shelly Gondo

Construction Project Manager

Shelly Gondo is a construction and project management professional with close to three decades of managing projects in the private, public and quasi government sectors. She has speciality in diverse engineering projects and experience in both client, consultant and contractor organisational settings; with proven references of successfully completed projects. She has completed multi-million dollar projects at Turner and Townsend, Ministry of Public Construction and currently ZESA Holdings. Shelly holds a Masters degree in Building (Construction Management) (WITS) and a PhD in Project Management (AIU). She chairs the ZIE National engineering Student Awards Competition and serves on various Boards in Zimbabwe. Shelly has a passion in mentoring Higher and Tertiary level students and graduates in practical project management.

Eugene Chaduka

Group Chief Technology Officer at Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe

Eugene is an avid technology leader and business transformation expert who has overseen the launch and growth of various technology driven services promoting financial inclusion across Africa (FinTech, InsurTech, AgriTech, HealthTech, EduTech and On Demand Services). He is currently the Group Chief Technology Officer at Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe overseeing operations in Zimbabwe (including EcoCash, Steward Bank, EcoSure, Moovah and Vaya Technologies Limited), Burundi, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and the United Kingdom.

Chester Nziradzemhuka

CEO BizSource Consultancy

Chester is co-founder and CEO of BizSource Consultancy, bringing more than 30 years of executive banking, digital payments, remittance and strategy experience gained from leading banks in the SADC and East African region. He holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Bangor, Wales. A member of Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland, Retal Banking Academy, Project Management Institute, Rotarian at Msasa Club. His focus areas are Consulting in various industries, Training that is certification centred in Project management & Digital transformation tools and delivering App and Web centred solutions. He has lead in various high level digital payments partnership engagements with governments, regulators, public sector, private sector such as banks, insurance, microfinance institutions.

Flavious Coffee

President, PMI Zimbabwe Chapter

Flavious Coffee, is the President of Project Management Institute, Zimbabwe Chapter. He is a certified project manager and an electrical engineering professional. He has over 10 years of experience in managing Energy and Power Infrastructure Projects. He is currently the Managing Director of Star Track Projects, a company start-up that he co-founded in 2018.

Mathias Tolken

Business Agility Coach

Over the years Mathias has consulted, trained and acted as speaker at events for many companies, organisations and some universities around the world. Since October 2019 Xuviate has trained and coached more than 200 Business Leaders (including several from Fortune 500 companies) from 6 continents and 20+ countries distributed across 17 time zones in their acclaimed 7-week Kanban Bootcamps

Batsirai Simango

Head of Corporate Strategy for Nyaradzo Group

With over sixteen years’ experience in insurance and funeral services industry, twelve of them being at senior management level, Batsirai Simango has a keen career interest in strategic business management and leadership, business turnaround and risk management, operations design and management as well as investments and treasury management. Within the Nyaradzo Group, he is credited for being a key player in the business expansion drive which has been ongoing since the business formation in 2001. Batsi has extensive experience in product designing, risk pricing, designing service delivery models as well as capital budgeting and applying project appraisal techniques for resource allocation. Consequently, the establishment and management of a good number of Nyaradzo projects and initiatives both internally and externally have been spearheaded by Batsi and his team. These include the establishment of motor mechanic workshops and security departments in the services division, the installation of fuel tanks at service centres all across the country, the designing and commissioning of modern funeral parlours, expanding branch operations from six outlets in 2011 to 42 in 2021, the formation and ongoing development of the group’s strategic business units such as Sahwira Events and Lifestyle. The success of these and other initiatives within the organisation has largely been as a result of his ability to set up and work with cross functional teams for both special short term projects as well as long term turnkey projects. As part of the group’s expansion drive into various parts of the world, Batsi’s participation has been vital and strategic in ensuring that the group’s intended goals are achieved. He has participated on projects such as the opening of the South Africa Office, the opening of Nyaradzo Offices in the UK, over and above participation in various international business expos and consultancy to foreign organisations such as NAMBOB Funeral Solutions, an investment acquisition by Eos Capital (Private Equity Firm), wherein he assisted in designing and helping implement the turnaround strategy for the funeral services concern. Batsi is a well-rounded results-oriented team player who leads from the front and acts as a strategic advisor to senior management within the Nyaradzo Group.

Anesu Vere

VP Marketing , PMI Zimbabwe Chapter

Anesu is the VP Marketing for Project Management Institute Zimbabwe. Professionally, he is strategy and organisational transformation consultant. He possesses excellent leadership skills acquired through various high performing corporates for 20+ years. A board member for the following organisations, Suzzan Group of Schools, Groupworld Consulting Group and Otawak Business Solutions Holds an MBA and Bsc Honours in Economics and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®️) & is a Scrum Master Certified (SMC®️), Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC), Scrum Agile Master Certified (SAMC)

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