Distinguished Speakers Programme – Professor Arthur Mutambara - Cape Town

Date: 26 September 2017

Time: 17:30 for 18:00 - 19:30

Venue: Boardroom 2 GSB, UCT, 9 Portswood Road, Green Point




The Distinguished Speakers Programme & Book Launch


Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara

Former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Join in the conversation as Prof Arthur Mutambara discusses his book,

“In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership (Volume I)”


Associate Professor Mills Soko

Director UCT GSB

This is the first of three volumes in a series that traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42.


Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara is the former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He is the author of a new trilogy: In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership.  Mutambara was one of the three Principals who created and led the Government of National Unity (GNU). The other two were former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe. As the Deputy Prime Minister, his key functions included assisting the Prime Minister in policy formulation by the Cabinet and supervision of policy implementation by the Council of Ministers.

Professor Mutambara is currently the President of the African News Agency (ANA), Africa’s first syndicated, technology-driven multimedia news platform.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He was Director of Electronic Payments at Standard Bank in South Africa. In the United States, he was a Research Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering, and a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has written two electrical engineering books that are widely used in engineering graduate schools in the US, Europe, China, Japan and Africa: Decentralized Estimation and Control for Multisensor Systems, and Design and Analysis of Control Systems. Prof Mutambara holds a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics and an MSc in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2007, Mutambara was accorded the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader status, and subsequently attended WEF events, from 2007 to 2013, in Davos (Switzerland), China, India and Africa.


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