Professor Arthur Mutambara
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. He also specifically supervised the Ministries which fall under the Infrastructure Cluster, such as Energy and Power Development, Transport and Infrastructure, Information Communication Technologies, Water Resources and Development, and Public Works. Professor Mutambara was also involved in coordinating regional policy formulation, within these sectors, across SADC and COMESA. Furthermore, DPM Mutambara was in charge of driving three key national efforts of the GNU: development of a Shared National Vision, Rebranding Zimbabwe, and formulating a National Infrastructure Master Plan.
Professor Mutambara is currently an independent technology and strategy consultant, based in South Africa. He was recently, the President of the African News Agency (ANA), Africa’s first syndicated, technology-driven multimedia news platform. His primary mandate included media technology innovation, digital platform development, and harnessing social media tools. In particular, he was driving the use of Artificial Intelligence and deployment of Intelligent Algorithms in media, resulting in the development of new business models. An additional mandate involved the development of strategic media relationships and partnerships across the African continent. Prior to ANA, Professor Mutambara headed a team of consultants who provided high technology and strategic advisory services throughout Africa.
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.