Thursday, February 26, 2015

MEET Arthur Mutambara Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe


Arthur Guseni Oliver Mutambara (born 25 May 1966[1]) is a Zimbabwean politician. He became the President of the Movement for Democratic Change-Mutambara faction (MDC) in February 2006.[2] He has worked as the Managing Director and CEO of Africa Technology and Business Institute since September 2003.[1] Under a September 2008 power-sharing agreement, Mutambara became Deputy Prime Minister on 11 February 2009.


Arthur Mutambara is a former student leader who is now recognized as one of Africa's most prominent scientists.

Fifteen years ago, at the University of Zimbabwe, he led the student opposition to the ruling Zanu PF.

According to records at the university, he was a brilliant engineering student, who won every scholarship he applied for.

After completing his doctorate at Britain's Oxford University he went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and became professor at several other universities in the United States. Unlike many African academics, Mutambara was always determined to return to Africa.

Over the weekend he arrived back in Zimbabwe from Johannesburg where he heads up an African scientific institution for talks with leaders of one faction of the MDC. Some in this faction want him to make himself available as a candidate for the top job, as president.

Late Monday he confirmed his re-entry into Zimbabwe politics, and said he hoped the enthusiasm of a new leadership which he said was untainted by current disagreements, would make unification of the two factions of the MDC possible.

According to the MDC's constitution any one of the 12 provinces would have to nominate him and authorised delegates to the party's congress next Sunday will vote for a new president.

Should he get the necessary nomination, and win the vote, analysts say his political past, intellectual prowess and reputation as a leader, would do much to revive Zimbabwe's stalled opposition politics and could lead to the two factions re-uniting.

The faction of the MDC lead by party president Morgan Tsvangirai declined to comment on Mutambara's sudden re-entry into Zimbabwe's opposition political scenario.

Tsvangirai's faction is holding its congress next month, but he is certain to be the only candidate for the top job.

The MDC split last October over adherence to the party's constitution.

Tsvangirai said that even though a narrow majority of party executives voted to participate in the first ever elections for a senate last November, the MDC should not take part.

Most of the MDC's top leaders rebelled against him, saying he had defied the party's constitution.

The party split into two factions with both declaring themselves to be authentic.

Below is Arthur Mutambara's full CV

Professor ARTHUR G. O. MUTAMBARA, PhD
Managing Director and CEO, Africa Technology & Business Institute (ATBI), Sandton, South Africa

BORN: 25th May 1966

CAREER SUMMARY

Managing director of Africa Technology & Business Institute (ATBI) and Professor of Operations Management at UNISA SBL. Former Standard Bank Director (Payments) with responsibilities in 17 African countries. Research Scientist and Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and NASA, with business experience and skills as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. Professor of Business Strategy at Kellogg Business School, USA.

High technology expert and leader, global strategy specialist, and an entrepreneur who advises senior managers and business leaders of global companies. Community leader, public intellectual and activist, extensively involved in socio-economic-political issues in both the U.S. and Africa. An author of three Engineering books and 27 refereed journal papers. A Rhodes Scholar, with an MSc (Computer Engineering) and a PhD (Robotics & Mechatronics) from Oxford University, UK; and a BSc (Hon) (Electrical Engineering) from UZ.

EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

AFRICA TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS INSTITUTE (ATBI) September 2003 to present: Managing Director and CEO

Providing leadership, strategic vision, and management to a world class professional services firm. Key activities include:

Technology and management related research, training, education, advisory services, and thought leadership to corporates and public institutions in Africa. Leveraging African business case studies, cutting edge technology, and consultancy world best practice. Areas of Expertise: Payment systems, banking growth strategy in Africa, branding and strategy, Automation, Mechatronics

STANDARD BANK, JOHANNESBURG SA, Jan 2002 to October 2003: Director, Stanbic Bank (Payments)

Developing SBSA strategy and vision. Executing Payments (cash, EFT, EAP, cards, mobile) strategy in seventeen African countries. Member of a team of SBSA directors (Clean Slate) who drafted the Stanbic Bank growth strategy into Africa, and supervised its implementation. Member of SBSA CEO’s director’s committee on SBSA strategy and values.

McKINSEY & COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA; Management Consultant

Provide strategic advice to senior managers and business leaders of top USA companies

* Industry Sectors: High Technology, Telecommunications, Automotive Assembly, Electrical Power/Natural Gas, Manufacturing, Financial Institutions, and Pharmaceutical and Medical Products.

* Functional Expertise: Technology Management, Corporate Strategy, Global Strategy, Corporate Finance, Post-Merger Management, Business Building, and Operations Strategy and Effectiveness

• Telecom company (Fortune 100) Corporate strategy, Growth study; impact: 20% increase in revenues

• Hi-Tech company (Fortune 500) M&A/ Change of Ownership; impact: smooth and effective transition

• Insurance company (Fortune 100) Corporate strategy-Business unit strategy: 25% increase in new business

• Banking and Securities (Fortune 100) Global strategy-business unit strategy: creation of new products

• Hi-Tech company (Fortune 500) operations and marketing: 30% increase in sales

• Chicago Public School Systems, review of teaching effectiveness

• Internal knowledge management: The value proposition for global outsourcing of call centers

• Chicago Public School Systems, review of teaching and learning effectiveness (work in progress)

• Sustainable Profitable Growth (insurance practice): designed innovative risk management products

• Business Building (High Tech): Developed a complete semester set of lectures for Kellogg Business School

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, 1999-2000

Engineering research & teaching, publication of books and journal papers, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department.

Associate Professor, 1999-2001

Established and supervised teaching and research activities in the fields of sensor fusion, and robotics.

• Managed graduate controls and mechatronics laboratories, including budgets, grant proposals and hiring

• Taught undergraduate classes in feedback control systems, and computer system architecture.

• Taught graduate classes in nonlinear control systems, and advanced robotics.

• Presented graduate research seminars in multisensor fusion and decentralized estimation and control.

• Chaired and participated in academic committees.
Visiting Research Scientist, 1999-2001

Carried out research activities, wrote research proposals, managed research grants in the fields of

decentralized estimation, multisensor fusion, and modular robotics.

• Managed a $1, 500,000 NASA research grant, and a $200,000 NSF grant

• Research into wheeled mobile robots, decentralized communication in scalable flight formation.

• Research into mechatronic design methodology, and modular robots.

• Supervised Masters and PhD research students in the areas of decentralized estimation and sensor fusion.

Author, 1999-2001

Wrote sixteen refereed journal papers in the areas of Decentralized Estimation, Distributed Control, Sensor Fusion, Modular Robotics, and Mechatronics. Authored three Electrical Engineering books that are widely used in Engineering Graduate Schools, including MIT:

•Decentralized Estimation and Control for Multisensor Systems, February 1998

•Design and Analysis of Control Systems, June 1999

•Mechatronics and Robotics: Design and Applications, December 2003

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (THE ROBOTICS INSTITUTE), PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, 1998

Advanced robotics research, seminar series, and NASA/ARL research grant proposal with the CMU Robotics Institute.

Visiting Research Scientist, 1998

Carried out research activities, wrote research proposals, managed research grants in field robotics,

multisensor fusion, and modular robotics.

• Managed a $200,000 NASA/ARL research grant

• Research into experimental unmanned vehicles (XUV), their communication and supervised autonomy.

• Research into mechatronic design methodology, and modular robots.

• Supervised Masters and PhD research students in the areas of wheeled mobile robotics.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA), 1996-1997

Visiting Research Scientist, NASA John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1997

• Presented graduate research seminars in multisensor fusion and decentralized estimation and control.

• Research into supervisory expert systems, decentralized control.

Visiting Research Fellow, NASA (JPL), Pasadena, California, 1996

• Research into modular wheeled mobile robots, the Mars Rover project.

• Research into multisensor fusion, and decentralized control.

• Drafted a $150,000 research proposal to NASA (modular robots)

FAMU-FSU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, 1995-1997

Teaching undergraduates and graduates, engineering research activities, research publication in the Mechanical Department.

Assistant Professor, 1995-1997

Established and supervised teaching and research activities in control systems, mechatronics and robotics.

• Managed a $400,000 NASA research grant, and a $200,000 NSF grant

• Taught undergraduate classes in feedback control systems, and introduction to robotics and Mechatronics.

• Taught graduate classes in nonlinear control systems, and advanced robotics.

• Presented graduate research seminars in multisensor fusion and decentralized estimation and control.

• Supervised undergraduate and graduate controls and mechatronics laboratories.

• Chaired and participated in academic committees.

• Research into wheeled mobile robots, decentralized communication in scalable flight formation.

• Research into mechatronic design methodology, and modular robots.

• Supervised Masters and PhD research students in the areas of decentralized estimation and sensor fusion.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Rhodes Scholarship, Recipient, Zimbabwe (1991). Selection committee member: Florida (2000), Illinois (2001-02)

Fulbright Fellowship, Awarded, 1991

Public Lectures, Numerous (socio-economic) presentations in the US, Zimbabwe, and South Africa (1995-2001)

Africa Technology and Science Strategy (ATSS), Founder and President

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Elected Member, 1994

Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), Elected Member, 1995

British Computer Society (BCS), Elected Member, 1996

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Student advisor, FAMU-FSU 1996-7

US National Science Foundation, and the Robotics Review Panel Committee member, 1996-2002

EDUCATION

McKINSEY & COMPANY, USA, 2001

Mini-Master of Business Administration (MMBA), March 2001, Corporate Finance, Strategy, and Microeconomics

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, UK, 1991-1995

Doctor of Philosophy, March 1995, Robotics and Mechatronics

Master of Science, October 1992, Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE, HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 1987-1990

Bachelor of Science (Honors), December 1990, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

IMMIGRATION STATUS: Zimbabwean citizen with U.S.A. and RSA permanent residence.