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Mrs. Angeline S. Kamba

"Ms. Kamba has been a dedicated and active member of the Board of Trustees for the past three years, and we are very pleased with her selection as chair," said IRRI Director General Ronald Cantrell.

The energetic and charismatic Ms. Kamba brings to the job a wealth of administrative and international experience. A librarian by training, she has served the government of Zimbabwe as public service commissioner, director of the National Archives (which led to a term as vice president of the International Council on Archives), and Zimbabwean representative on UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council for the General Information Programme, of which she became chair. She is a member and patron of the Southern African Association for Research into Culture and Development and president of Riders for Health, a British-registered charity focused on delivering health services in Africa. She was recently appointed chair of the Board of Trustees of the Harare (Zimbabwe) International Festival of the Arts.
In the international arena, she has served on the board of CAB International, an intergovernmental organization that provides information services in support of agriculture, public health, environment, and forestry. She is on the Advisory Editorial Board of Information Development, an international journal that covers current developments in the provision, management, and use of information throughout the world, with particular emphasis on the information needs and problems of developing countries. Significantly, she served as a member of the UN/UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development, which was chaired by the former UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.

In addition to her strong administrative skills and extensive international contacts and experience, Ms. Kamba's qualifications include her superb talents as an engaging communicator.


Angeline Kamba retired from the Public Service Commission of Zimbabwe in November, 1998, after serving as a Commissoner for eight years. The Commission is the unit of Government, which is responsible for human resources management in respect of civil servants.

Prior to her appointment to the Public Service Commission, she was the first post-independence Director of the National Archives of Zimbabwe (also first black and first woman to hold the post), a position she held for ten years. In that period, she spearheaded the development of the Archives, bringing the institution back to the international professional fold, mainly the International Council on Archives (ICA), of which she later became Vice-President (1984-88).   At the end of her term as Vice President, she was appointed her country’s representative on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the General Information Programme (PGI), and became its Chairperson, a position she relinquished upon her elevation to the Public Service Commssion.

Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Mrs Kamba spent many years in university librarianship, first in her own country, and then in the UK where she and her family spent fourteen years in exile. She holds an MLS (Masters in Library Science) from Columbia University, New York, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London, a BA, University of South Africa.

While holding senior positions in her own county, maintained an extensive international  involvement which she continues in her retirement. Her most significant international assignment was her membership of the UN/UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development (WCCD), whose Report:  Our Creative Diversity has triggered an ongoing international debate, part of which Mrs Kamba has been an active participant. She has presented papers at various fora on aspects of the report. Among her published papers are: Harnessing Community Creativity for Development  in Procedings of The Third International Conference on Design Education, Pretoria ,SA, 1997; Creativity and Communication: essential ingredients for deveopment; in Report of the International Conference on Culture and Development...Oslo, 1997;  Our Creative Diversity: its relevance to Africa; in DIALOGO, UNESCO, Sept., 1997.
She has also published papers in other areas of her interest and activity - Information and  Public Sector Management. 
Among her current activities and responsibilitiesare: President of Riders for Health: a British registered charity which operates in Africa; Board Member of HIFA ( Harare International Festival of the Arts); Trustee of BATAPATA: a Zimbabwe based organisation whose mission is to promote exchange and cooperation among visual artists; Patron of the Southern African Association for Research and Development. She serves on the Board of the International Research Institute (IRRI) and is Member of ofUNESCO ‘ Audience Africa’S Follow uoCommittee , and is a member of Council of the State University in the Midlands, and also serves on other civic organizations.

Harare, Zimbabwer
May 2000