Management Team

Thomas Zondo Sakala

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Zondo Sakala is an experienced Development Banker. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics and an M.Sc in Economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He was appointed the CEO of the IDBZ in September 2015. He has worked in, and with, African Countries all through his professional career. He left the African Development Bank (AfDB) in October 2014 after a career spanning 31 years and has acquired a broad network of contacts, which aspect is invaluable in the Bank`s resource mobilization initiatives. His last official position was Vice President, Country and Regional Programmes. As Vice-President for Programmes in the AfDB, he had broad oversight of the dialogue between the Bank and all African countries. His responsibilities included coordination of the preparation and approval of the country and regional strategies and programmes in Africa.

Desmond Matete

Director Infrastructure Projects

Desmond Matete is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons.) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and duly admitted to the practice of law in Zimbabwe. He is an accomplished Commercial Lawyer and Banker with extensive experience in financial advisory services, investment banking and development finance spanning over a total of 21years.  He has successfully executed numerous local mandates in Corporate and Project Finance, PPPs, listings and capital-raising for high value mandates in the corporate and public sector space.  

Cassius Gambinga

Director Finance

Cassius Gambinga holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons.) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Zimbabwe. As the Finance Director Cassius Gambinga is responsible for the financial strategy of the Bank which includes management of lines of credit, external audit assurance services and the treasury operations.

Phillip Tadiwa

Director Corporate Services and Human Resources

Phillip Tadiwa is a holder of a BSc (Hons.) Degree in Sociology, a Diploma in Law “Conciliation and Arbitration” and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), from the University of Zimbabwe. Phillip has over 18 years’ experience in Strategic Human Resources Management, industrial relations practice and change management. He joined the Bank as its Head of Human Resources & Capacity Building in June 2008 before assuming his current role and position.

Willing Zvirevo

Director – Resource Mobilisation and Climate Finance

Willing is a holder of a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons.) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a qualified Chartered Accountant with diverse professional experience covering audit, accounting, investment banking, lending and structured finance. He has worked in middle and senior managerial positions for KPMG Corporate Finance, NMB Bank Limited and Sagit Finance House Limited; and then as Partner at AMG Global Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe) in charge of the firm’s Corporate Finance practice. Prior to joining the IDBZ, Willing was in the Cayman Islands where he gained 7 years of alternative investments experience whilst working for the Citco Group, the world’s largest hedge funds administrator. He brings strong insights into alternative investment platforms, including knowledge of fund structures, investment strategies and complex financial products.

He is responsible for driving the Bank’s Resource Mobilisation Strategy, which includes initiatives to scale up and broaden the Bank’s capital base; establishing and nurturing strategic partnerships with other DFIs and Multilateral Institutions; debt issuances; Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Climate Finance initiatives.