Co-founder & CEO
Georgina is ZOF Africa’s co-founder and CEO. She grew up in France, England and the United States, but feels a strong connection to Zimbabwe, where her father grew up and her aunt currently resides.
In parallel to her involvement with ZOF, Georgina works in development finance with a focus on Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
Linda is a native of Zimbabwe currently residing in New York. After graduating from University of the Cumberlands with a degree in Accounting, she worked as a Financial Analyst for Rollins Inc. in Atlanta and later on secured a position as Senior Treasury Analyst. In 2011 after getting married and moving to New York, Linda launched Seventh Row, an online vintage store and a long time dream of hers. Since Linda was a young girl living in Zimbabwe she has always had a passion for helping orphaned children and she is glad she can contribute positively to their livelihoods through her involvement with ZOF Africa. Linda enjoys cooking, collecting vintage and antique items, traveling, tennis, and singing.
Katie Kalafus, a member of ZOF since June 2011, is originally from Seattle, WA. She studied international politics at Wesleyan University, during which she had the opportunity to travel to central Africa and witness some of Zimbabwe’s struggles firsthand. After graduating in 2009, Katie worked in development and grant-writing for a Seattle non-profit and today applies some of these skills to further the success of ZOF. Today Katie lives in San Francisco and in her free time she enjoys travel, squash, cooking and running.
Grants & Research Manager
Lauren Jayson is originally from New York and is currently studying International Relations and Community Health at Tufts University. She has worked with many NGOs since beginning her studies and is excited to be a member of the ZOF team! In her free time she enjoys traveling, painting, and hanging out with her two adorable dogs.
Charles Fleming, a member of the ZOF board since incorporation, was born and raised on a farm outside Harare, Zimbabwe where he lived until he was 20. He has spent the last 30 years in Paris, France, but he retains close links with Zimbabwe through various members of his family there, most notably his sister Anna who is a long-time neighbor and friend of Emerald Hill Children’s Home.
Today Charles is a financial communications consultant for Euro RSCG. Previously, he worked for 16 years as the Paris-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. In his spare time, Charles is closely involved in organizing three literary groups (dedicated to novels, Shakespeare and Racine), plays the clarinet (rather poorly he insists), and enjoys working on making his house in Normandy a more livable place. His other not-for-profit activities include voluntary work with the American Library of Paris, on whose board he served from 2008 to 2011, and Paris Dauphine University where he teaches Masters’ students a course on business and financial communications. He is also the proud father of four children, of whom ZOF co-founder and chairperson Georgina is the eldest.
Kundai Mangwende was brought to Emerald Hill Children’s Home at the tender age of three after his grandmother, who was his guardian at the time, fell ill and could no longer look after him. It was at Emerald Hill that he spent 11 years and completed his primary education. In 1998 he was transferred to St Joseph’s House for Boys in Harare where he did his secondary education up to A’ Level. Kundai then studied Geography and Environmental Studies at the Midlands State University, after which he worked as a research assistant at a Public Health research institute focusing on HIV/AIDS. Three years later he left to work as a private consultant.
Kundai is ZOF Africa’s Country Director and manages the organization’s operations on the ground in Zimbabwe.
Martha Brantley became involved with ZOF after learning about the organization from her cousin, Caroline Janin. Martha currently works with the Clinton Development Initiative’s Anchor Farm Project, a commercial farming operation in Malawi. Previously, she was a risk arbitrageur at D.E. Shaw & Co., a multi-strategy hedge fund. She also volunteers with the Appalachian Community Fund, an organization that promotes grassroots, progressive social change in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Martha lives in New York City, and was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Head of Zimbabwe News Updates
John Bizimana was born in Rwanda in 1986. At age seven, he fled the genocide and travelled across Southern Africa to Zimbabwe with his family. His widowed mother soon fell fatally ill, and John and his two younger siblings were sent to the Emerald Hill Children’s Home, which provided them with an education and a safe place to call home for the next 5 years. John completed his primary education with the support of Emerald Hill and was able to pursue a high school education in Belgium. In 2010 he graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah with a B.S. in Economics.
John has since written a memoir, Escape from Rwanda: a True Story of Faith, Hope, and Survival (2010), and donates part of book sale proceeds to ZOF. John has been volunteering as the Head of Zimbabwe News Updates since ZOF’s March 2011 launch event, for which he was featured as the event’s guest speaker. John currently resides in Belgium where he is pursuing a graduate degree in Finance.
Lauren Goldman, a member of ZOF since June 2011, first learned about ZOF through her classmate from Wesleyan, Caroline Janin. Lauren currently in production at “Law and Order: SVU”. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is a native New Yorker.