#263Chat Live Event on 16 Jan 2014 on African Youth, Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Posted on 15/01/2014


263Chat Logo Final (2)@263Chat in partnership with HyperCube Tech Hub and the US Embassy is proud to announce a #263Chat Live Event on Thursday 16th January 2014.

Venue: – Hypercube Tech Hub, 11 Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Time: – 14:30 – 16:00

Topic/Focus: – African Youth, Leadership and Entrepreneurship

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Keynote Speakers: –

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Wharton
Macon Phillips, Coordinator, U.S. State Department Bureau of International Information Programs
Simbarashe Mhungu, Agribusiness Entrepreneur
Delta Ndou, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
Irene Chikumbo, Hypercube Hub

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Facilitator: – Nigel Mugamu – @SirNige & @263Chat

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Please note: This event is FREE and open to the public.

Keynote Speakers Bios:


Irene Chikumbo, Community Manager | Hypercube Technology Hub

Irene has been the Community Manager for Hypercube Technology Hub based in Harare, since its inception in September 2013. Her postgraduate studies at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden were grounded in the areas of innovation and sustainability. Irene has co-authored two research papers with one focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and another on Innovation Value Chains in the Telecommunications Sector. Her previous work experience has included time at Ericsson and OK Zimbabwe.

She is passionate about women’s empowerment, technology and sustainability. Irene’s side initiatives have included being on the Zimbabwe Green Business Awards committee and charity work with the Lion’s Club.


Simba Mhungu, Founder and Director of Harvest Fresh Africa

Simba Mhungu, is Founder and Director of Harvest Fresh Africa, an agro focused firm which as acquiring and scaling agriculture assets in Africa. Prior to Harvest Fresh, Simba worked with several agro-processors to develop sugar cane projects. He focused on integrating small scale farmers in the entire bio-energy supply chain, from the production of sugarcane and tropical sugar beet, to the development of sugar mills, cogeneration power plants and distilleries. Simba began his career at Goldman Sachs in New York in the Equities Division. . Simba received his undergraduate business degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Delta Milayo Ndou, Social Media Editor of the Zimpapers Group

Delta Milayo Ndou is a writer, activist, blogger and journalist who has represented Zimbabwe on various regional, continental and international platforms. She was nominated as one of the top 20 emerging Global New Media Leaders blogging for social and political change by the Washington Foreign Press Center and she was named among Bulawayo’s top 10 most influential women in 2011 for amplifying the voices of women through the media. She received the Silverstone Prize for the Best MA Student Dissertation at the University of Sussex in 2012 on the back of two merit-based academic scholarships that she was awarded in Africa and the UK. Her thesis focused on Zimbabwean youth and how their collective memory of the liberation struggle has been framed and mediated by the media.  She is a social media marketing expert who worked for one of the world’s largest publishing companies – SAGE Publications – as the Digital and Online Community Manager liaising with two editorial teams based in London and Los Angeles.  She has used social media to step out of obscurity, amplify the voices of women, advance the causes she believes in and more recently, as part of her daily duties working as the newly appointed Social Media Editor of the Zimpapers Group’s various titles.  You can follow her on Twitter: @justdelta and visit her cyber-home on WordPress: www.itsdelta.wordpress.com or like her FB page: ItsDelta’s Blog.

Macon Phillips

Macon Phillips, Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs

Macon Phillips is Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs, a position he assumed in September 2013. For the past five years he was Senior Advisor to President Obama and Director of Digital Strategy at the White House. Previously he ran the new media program for the Presidential Transition Team and served as the deputy director of the Obama campaign’s new media department.

Prior to the campaign, Mr. Phillips led Blue State Digital’s strategy practice, working with clients like the Democratic National Committee and Senator Ted Kennedy. A proud Americorps *VISTA alum, the Huntsville, Alabama native is a graduate of Duke University.​

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David Bruce Wharton, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe

Ambassador David Bruce Wharton presented his credentials as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe on November 15, 2012.

Until his nomination by President Obama in May 2012, Ambassador Wharton, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State.

Prior to that, he worked in the Bureau of African Affairs as Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, following a two-year assignment as Deputy Coordinator of the Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs.  From 2006-07, he served in the Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and from 2003-06, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.

Ambassador Wharton’s diplomatic career includes other overseas assignments in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.  He received a B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin.