Takunda Ushe is one of the co-founders of CIPS and has been serving as the Director of the organization. Driven by the belief that today’s global challenges pose a unique opportunity for young people to unearth their undiscovered leadership potential, he has guided several teams of CIPS staff to plan, design and execute the organization’s agenda. He was recognized as a “2015 Global Teen Leader” by the We are Family Foundation® Global Initiative. He has previously chaired the African Leadership Academy Model African Union in 2016 and he is now the Director of the Future Africa Fellowship where he specializes on the youth strategy, movement building and youth engagement in Africa. He actively engages with fellow youth and African affairs experts through his role as the Southern Africa Representative on the board of Ashoka Youth Venture’s Global Youth Council.
While he is a Business and Political Science student at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, Takunda’s heart lies in the discourse of Africa’s development. He has research interest in the extractive industry in Africa, focusing on the ethical nature of business practice by foreign-based mining companies. He is working towards writing a senior thesis that he hopes will be published in one of the top business journals. In his spare time, Takunda enjoys playing and watching rugby.