Fungai was born and raised in Zimbabwe, in the south of Africa. She currently works as a Social Business Innovation professional and is responsible for Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and International Relations from Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and a Master’s Degree in African studies from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and in 2021 she will graduate with a Doctorate Degree majoring in Corporate Social Responsibility from Geneva Business School.
Fungai had a very difficult start to life having lost both her parents by the time she was eight years old, and thus depended on her extended family to take her through school. She knows first-hand what it means to struggle for food and resources, and this has been her guiding light, leading her to serve on the boards of SwiZim Trust and Friends for Matibi. Both these organizations are non-profit organizations aimed at alleviating poverty and empowering young people to take control of their lives. She is building innovation hubs in Zimbabwe, which are spaces where people can dream, grow and create.
Her life and career journey were neither simple nor linear and she is a testament that it takes a whole village to raise a child. She would not have made it this far without all the support she received from her mentors, coach, friends, and family. She believes that the future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams. Even when she had nothing, her dreams were always alive and the hope for a better future kept her going.