Eng. Munyaradzi Munodawafa
Chief Executive, Zambezi River Authority
Eng. Munyaradzi Crispen Munodawafa is Chief Executive of the Zambezi River Authority which is a transboundary river organization managing the Zambezi River common between Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers and a contributor to the Engineers Without Borders programmes jointly organized by the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers and the Zambia Engineering Institute.
After graduating from the Kharkhov Polytechnic Institute in the Soviet Union (Ukraine) with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1984, Eng. Munodawafa worked as an Operations Engineer for Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) at Hwange Thermal Power Station (920MW). He was involved in the commissioning of the Stage II units at Hwange PowerStation (440MW). He was promoted to Operations Manager in 1994 at Harare Power Station.
He then joined the Government of Zimbabwe in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development in 2005 as Principal Director developing and promoting strategies with respect to sustainable outputs and utilization of energy (including renewable) resources beneficial to Zimbabwe.
Eng. Munodawafa is also a holder of an Executive Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management. In 2009 he joined Zambezi River Authority as Chief Executive, where he is managing, in a sustainable manner, the water resources of the Zambezi River common to Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Kariba Dam complex and any future dams or infrastructure on the river forming the border between the two countries.
Major projects currently under implementation by the Zambezi River Authority are the US$ 300 million Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project which includes the reshaping of the Plunge Pool and the Refurbishment of the Spillway). The Authority is also currently undertaking feasibility studies for the development of the 2400 Megawatt Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme. Construction of this Scheme is expected to commence in 2018.