Dr. Fungai Makoni joined World Vision International in 2017 as the Regional WASH Director for East Africa. In this role, he provides strategic and technical support for the 9 World Vision offices in the region. He is also responsible for external engagement and strategic partnerships for WASH advocacy, policy and resource development. Fungai is passionate about improving partnerships in WASH, particularly with the private sector, as a vehicle for sustained WASH services that last.
Fungai has worked in the WASH sector for 24 years with a special focus on programme development and management related to WASH as well as environment-related issues in both emergency and development contexts. Previous roles include Country Director/WASH Sector Leader for SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in South Sudan, Programmes Manager for ACF in Zimbabwe, Manager of Research, Implementation and Special Projects for the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development in Zimbabwe, and Medical Research Officer with the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe. In addition, Fungai has worked as a Team Leader in various assignments, regionally and internationally in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Philippines and Lesotho. Fungai has also served as a part time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and University of Venda and Free State, where he supervised Masters and Honours students.
Fungai holds a PhD in Public Health and Wastewater Management, a master’s degree in Public Health, and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. Dr Fungai has over 13 publications in name in globally accredited journals.
Fungai is married to Idah and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his family. They worship as St Francis Anglican Parish in Karen. Prior to moving to Kenya, Fungai served as church warden for St Francis of Assisi Parish Waterfalls in Zimbabwe. Fungai is a golf enthusiast and plays as an amateur, often using the opportunity for engagement with various stakeholders.