Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa
Grants and Partnerships Specialist, University of Pretoria
Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa is a Grants and Strategic Partnerships Specialist in the Department of Research and Innovation at the University of Pretoria (UP). His main responsibility is facilitating global partnerships through the University’s transformative global engagement strategy – the African Global University Project (AGUP). Prior to joining UP he was a programme coordinator for the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) initiative which was initiated by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo, Japan.
From 2016-2017, Farai was a JSPS UNU Postdoctoral fellow at UNU-IAS. His postdoctoral research focused on the 2030 Agenda (SDGs), with particular emphasis on governance and linking the global vision with national implementation strategies in the Asia-Pacific and Africa. Before joining the United Nations University, Farai was an Old Mutual Emerging Markets lecturer for three years at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. In addition to this, he also worked as a consultant on projects related to inclusive business models, energy efficiency, environmental management and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa for organizations such as UNDP and GIZ.
Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa holds a PhD in Business and Political Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His thesis explored the business contributions to climate change governance in areas of limited statehood in the case of South Africa and Kenya.