Dr Fungai Sexton Makoni, PhD, Msc joined World Vision International three years ago as the Regional WASH Director for East Africa. Dr Fungai S Makoni, a programme management specialist, has worked in the WASH sector for the past 20 years leading programmes on water supply, sanitation and hygiene as well as environment-related issues both for emergency and developmental projects. Fungai has a passion for improving partnerships in WASH particularly with the private sector as a vehicle for sustained WASH services.
Prior to joining WVI, Fungai worked in several roles including Country Director/WASH Sector Leader of SNV Netherlands Development Organization South Sudan Country Office (2013-2016), Programmes Manager ACF (2011-2012, Zimbabwe), Manager for Research, Implementation and Special Projects for the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD 1999-2008, Zimbabwe), Medical Research Officer (1995-1999), and Ministry of Health (Blair Research Institute; Zimbabwe. In addition, Fungai has worked as a Team Leader in various assignments, regionally and internationally and these countries include Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Philippines, and Lesotho. Fungai also served as part-time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and University of Venda and Free State, where he supervised Masters and Honors students.
Fungai holds a PhD in Public Health and Wastewater Management, a Masters in Public Health degree, and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. Dr. Fungai has over 13 publications in globally accredited journals. Fungai is a golf enthusiast, and he plays as an amateur, and uses the opportunity for engagements with various stakeholders. As the Regional WASH Director for East Africa, he provides strategic and technical support and partner engagements on WASH and supports the 9 WV offices in the region.