Adrian is Knowledge Management Professional with extensive knowledge of digital content, documentation, process analysis and other demonstrable skills across financial services and media. Adrian has been able to deliver effective banking solutions by collaborating effectively with subject matter experts and key stakeholders to optimise processes and deliver consistent procedures across a variety of banking businesses and services.
He has worked for the some of the largest banking institutions such as the Commonwealth Bank, NAB and HSBC as a Business Process Consultant & Technical Writer. From 1988 to 2013 Adrian worked as Journalist, Newspaper Editor and Digital Production Journalist for Fairfax Media, South China Morning Post, Voice of America amongst other Media Houses. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism & Media Studies and MA in International Relations.
James is the Chief of Communications & Advocacy at UNICEF’s Office of Research Centre. Prior to this, James was UNICEF’s spokesperson in Sri Lanka at the height of the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam. He started his career with UNICEF in Angola in 2002, before moving to Zimbabwe in 2005. James has done emergency stints in Darfur, Somalia, Kenya, Mozambique and Libya. He has an MA degree in Media and Communications and has been active in media, publishing and information for more than 15 years, first as a journalist in his native Australia, then as an editor. Before joining UNICEF he wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and a string of magazines and publications abroad. During this time, he rode bulls, jumped off tall buildings, boxed a round with the world lightweight champion (he still has all his original teeth), and interviewed people from David Beckham to Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama. He is married with three young children.
Dean grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa along with his older brother and a younger sister. His younger days were filled with a variety of sporting activities, and most weekends were spent at the local ice-skating rink in a town called Boksburg, the home of South Africa’s one and only world heavyweight boxing champion, Gerrie Coetzee. Dean played ice hockey but later switched to speed skating ultimately becoming the South African national junior champion and he went on to participate in the SA Games. Other sporting activities included completing two Ironman races, several marathons, an ultramarathon or two and a several long-distance cycling events like the Argus 100 in Cape Town. Dean has a background in sales and marketing which has led to work in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Mauritius, as well as a three-month stint at a well-known Austrian ski resort and now resides in Queensland on the beautiful Gold Coast. Having a heart for people, Dean is a Social Business Partner at ALOVEA working to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children around the world. He is married and has two sons.
Pleased to announce the president of Grassroots Cricket Zimbabwe Kush Sira.
Kush Sira is originally from Kenya, but grew up on the Gold Coast, Australia before moving to England to complete his high school studies at Malvern College. He holds a BSc in Economics from City University of London, England and a double Master’s in Project Management and Construction Practice from Bond University, Australia. Kush moved to Harare, Zimbabwe in 2018 to begin working as the Business Development Director for agricultural machinery business, Kurima Machinery & Technology. He has always been passionate about cricket having played club and school cricket throughout his studies.#powerofsport Adrian Oosthuizen James Elder James Maiden Jorrum Munyaradzi Chinamasa Plot Mhako
Charles is the Head of Operations, Technology & Strategy Advisor for the largest Indigenous Health Organisation in Australia, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. He has worked and works for organisations that straddle both government and commercial business worlds primarily in roles that benefit the community. He is the founder of Sogatal, a social enterprise in the mining and resource sector, Joblock is a game-changing peer-to-peer digital platform that leverages GDPR to empower job-seekers to source, own and share their own job references with third parties, on demand more recently freshslate.app. His love for Cricket and sports in general started in dusty streets of Mpopoma in Bulawayo. He played school cricket for both his primary school (Lukanyiso) and his high school (Gifford) in Bulawayo. He has a BSc. in Computer Science and Masters of Health Management.
Dr Takavada (Taka) Mapfumo moved from Zimbabwe to Australia in 2007 and works as a General Practitioner based in North Brisbane.
Dr Mapfumo worked in different comunities including regional remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Islander.
He has a passion for disadvantaged communities and thrives on making a difference in people's lives where he can.
He is a strong believer of using the power of sport holistically to transform the biological, psychological,social and physical aspects of disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.
Dr Mapfumo was born in Buhera District , Manicaland Province, in eastern Zimbabwe and did his Primary education at Makumbe CPS.Being a rural remote area with no public transport he would walk 8kilomteres to and from school and still have some energy to work in their cornfields.
His family considered themselves lucky as they could afford most basics, and this taught him at an earlier tender age the impact of “having or not having” on someone’s life. His family had enough savings to send him to a boarding school (St Francis of Assisi, Chivhu) where he gained enough grades to earn himself university entrance for medical degree.
“Sadly some of my good mates from primary school – some of them late – did not have those opportunities and their dreams were shattered,” says Dr Mapfumo.
Dr Mapfumo believes that he is where he is today because of opportunities that were presented to him, support from family and the community. “If only more people can the afforded those make-or-break opportunities, the world will be a better place,” he says
He sees Grassroots Cricket, as a reputable charity that help make this kind of difference in the lives of young people.
He feels at home working with people in need, underprivileged, minority or disadvantaged in any way. “Often this support begins something like lending a listening ear, empathy or a shoulder to lean on,” he says.
He is confident that it will be satisfying to work with Grassroot Cricket, and continue to support the great work the organisation is already doing. He hopes to expand the horizons and is excited to be personally involved in Grassroots Cricket projects.
Dr Mapfumo lives with his wife and four children in Brisbane where he enjoys the Australian way of life and also maintains strong links with Zimbabwe.He enjoys the team-work involved in Cricket ,incooperation of individual skills and how it connects people. His involvement in his children's sporting activities has boosted his belief of the power of sport to shape young lives. Tawanda Karasa Adrian Oosthuizen Jimmy Adams Paul Wilson Kush Sira Charles Ncube Lachlan Furnell
Tawanda is an experienced Community Program Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. His passion is around Corporate Social Responsibility, Youth Development, Program and Project Management. Tawanda has worked for leading organisations such as the Brisbane Lions, The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Together Queensland.
He is the founder of Grassroots Cricket, Founder of the Zimbabwe Homeless World Cup Project as well as being the Co-Founder of Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD). He is very passionate about youth and social justice.
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