Executive Management

ACA’s founding directors are Mr. Michael Nyamazana and Mr. Malvern Rusike. Mr. Nyamazana is involved in managing the business.

Mr Nyamazana (Executive Director)

Michael Nyamazana (MBA, BBS, AIOBZ, FCIS, RPAcc.)

Michael Nyamazana (“Mike”) is a Trade, Investment and Private Sector Development expert with more than 30 years experience. He focuses on assisting international investors and development organisations implement Investment, Trade and Market reform projects and programmes in Africa. After a career of 19 years in Banking and Corporate Finance with various local and international institutions including the IFC, Mike teamed up with a colleague in 2004 to set up Africa Corporate Advisors (Private) Limited. The company’s mission is to facilitate foreign direct investment (“FDI”) and general development assistance in Africa. Mike has facilitated projects executed by various international development agencies including the EU, World Bank, SADC, USAID, African Development Bank (“AfDB”) and COMESA in East and Southern Africa and in the Indian Ocean island economies. He has provided trade, market reforms and investment facilitation (i.e. Ease of Doing Business) consultancy services to national trade and investment development and promotion organisations in many countries in East and Southern Africa.

Mike qualified as a Chartered Secretary and became an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1992 and served on the Institute’s Council in Zimbabwe for 5 years (1997-2002), including two years as Vice President. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) degree and an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe and is also member of the Institute of Bankers (“AIOBZ”) and a Registered Public Accountant (“RPAcc.”).

Mr Rusike (Director)

Mr Rusike (BSc. Econ, MBA)

Malvern is a private sector development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in 27 developing countries (23 in Africa & 3 in the South Pacific Islands). He has many years of experience in ("SADC") regional work, at technical, managerial levels and strategic levels. He is strongly trained in the field of private sector development, including, among others, agro, industrial and commercial business linkages. His experience includes investment facilitation, trade facilitation; value chain development, management and productivity improvement; promotion, development and enhancement of the role of Chambers as instruments for promoting business development and SMEs. He is also a fully trained facilitator in the Metaplan facilitation methodology – very effective in stakeholder idea generation and consolidation. Malvern is experienced in running programmes funded by different donor agencies with different accounting and reporting requirement including. Among PRO€INVEST (an ACP Euro 110 million EU funded Programme), SADC, COMESA, USAID and NORAD, as well as BizClim and the Centre for the Development of Enterprises (“CDE”).

After a career in banking (with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) and in industry as Chief Executive Officer for the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Malvern teamed up with Michael to establish ACA. Since then he has been instrumental in taking the business of ACA beyond the confines of Sub-Saharan Africa to the Pacific and Brussels.

Malvern has a Bachelor’s Science Degree in, Economics & Social Studies (from West Africa) and an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe.

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Human Resources

ACA has 5 fulltime staff with experience in trade, finance, investment, statistical and economic research, and private sector development.

In addition, ACA has more than 20 Associate Consultants on its books representing complementary expert skills in areas related to ACA’s business including ICTs, Statistical Research, and public sector financial management.

ACA also has associate relationships with consulting firms in several Southern African countries upon which it leverages to execute transaction outside Zimbabwe.