Dr. Tawanda Mutasah is Vice President of Global Partnerships and Impact at Oxfam America, with responsibility for overall strategic and operational leadership of Oxfam America’s programs. He has previously served as the Senior Director of International Law and Policy at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, from where he oversaw the global policy-making and international legal interpretations and contributions of the Amnesty world-wide movement, and also established and operationalized the movement’s Sustainable Development Goals engagement and partnerships.
Dr. Mutasah has also previously served as the Global Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where he stewarded a $400M budget for international programs. Before that, he held a variety of other positions in the OSF complex, including Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, and Chair of the Africa Advisory Board. He also previously worked for Oxfam Great Britain.
Dr. Mutasah has served on governing and advisory boards for global institutions that include the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Open Society Justice Initiative, and Rutgers University’s Center for Women’s Global Leadership; as well as African entities that include the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa. Among other initiatives credited to his leadership over the years, Dr. Mutasah founded the Southern Africa Resource Watch, which researches and advocates on extractive industries.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, New York University Law School, the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Zimbabwe, Dr. Mutasah has taught at the Paris School of International Affairs on international humanitarian law and human rights laws.
Dr. Mutasah chairs the Programs Committee of the Board of Trust Africa.