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Dr Frank Magama appointed CEO of Tobacco Research Board

Dr Frank Magama, CEO of Tobacco Research Board

The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Tobacco Research Board have announced that the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa has approved the appointment of Dr. Frank Magama as Chief Executive Officer of the Tobacco Research Board with effect from 26th September 2022.

Dr. Frank Magama is a seasoned tobacco scientist with 18 years of experience at the Tobacco Research Board. Before this appointment, he was the Head of the Plant Breeding Division, chiefly responsible for the development and commercialization of elite tobacco cultivars for Zimbabwe, the SADC region, and beyond. He also provided consultancy and advisory services to tobacco-producing countries and companies.

Dr. Magama graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Crop Science), an MSc in Plant Sciences and Biotechnology from the University of Leeds (England), and a PhD in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Dundee (Scotland). He also holds business qualifications; an MBA from NUST (Zim), an Executive Diploma in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management and a Certificate of Competency in Project Management from the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe. He is the current President of the Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association.

Frank is married to Roberta and they are blessed with three children, Tinomudaishe, Tanaka, and Tawana.

“We wish him well as he provides leadership in steering the TRB to play its role in the Agricultural and Food Systems Transformation Strategy and the Tobacco Value Chain Transformation Strategy, both critical interventions of NDS1,” reads a statement from the TRB Board.


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