Charles WashomaA life with purpose...

I live in awe of God. I love my family and care for the well being of my community and all humanity. I am a Fellow of the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship programme sponsored by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI) and the University of Oxford (UK). I have been appointed and admitted as a member of the Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for the Future.
In November 2000 I earned the Distinguished Service Award by Junior Achievement Zimbabwe “for Outstanding Service to Youth and the Community and for Dedication and Excellence in teaching young people the values, Workings and Rewards of the Competitive Enterprise System through JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENTS economic education programmes”.

“It is my belief that we are all leaders at heart and that all we need is PURPOSE to grow in our leadership abilities and to become the leaders that we were made to be.”

Curriculum Vitae

Services Offered

I align myself with people and institutions whose mission, vision, and values are consistent and compatible with my own. I am living my purpose and values day-after-day and achieving my vision step-by-step as I interact with and positively influence the communities in my environment.

Services and solutions

I understand that leadership begins at the individual level and cascades across all levels of society including the family, work place, community, nations, and the world over! I provide principles and solutions that impact all these levels of society to bring about more fulfilled individuals, strong families, successful and productive workplaces, integrated communities, and a better world.

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Leadership

Business & Community Leader – committed to integrity, service, learning and innovation. Strong focus in developing companies and people, promoting personal growth to build organizational success and profitability. Valued for determining market strategy, setting the vision and inspiring the pursuit and attainment of those goals; A firm believer in conscience driven capitalism.

My active leadership experience spans 22 years, from East and Southern Africa to the UK and Canada. My passion for community transformation and leadership started at an early age, having served as Junior Councilor and Junior Deputy Mayor of my home town in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe at the age of 17, as Head Boy (Student Leader) of Hamilton High School, and also as Junior Ambassador to British Columbia, Canada at the age of 18. I was also the youngest elected president of the Insurance Institute of Bulawayo (IIB) when I took office at the age of 25 years in 1999 to 2000. Other leadership roles I have had the privilege to serve include chairman of Aids Business Coalition Tanzania (ABCT); governing council member of the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI);member CEO Roundtable Tanzania; and member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). I served as the chairman of the Annual Insurance Day Conference (AIDC) in 2006 and 2010 and also served as a key member of the Organizing Committee for the African Insurance Organization’s (AIO) 38th Conference and General Assembly held in 2009.

My active career and community leadership includes official meetings, discussions and planning sessions on economic, trade, political and social development with various heads of state, ministers of government, trade delegations, mayors and councilors from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Korea, UK, Canada and Denmark.

Having had the privilege to experience exposure in so many areas and the opportunity to lead I feel compelled to share the knowledge and experience I have attained with other people and organizations. I believe that we are all leaders and simply need to decide and grow in that respect.

Business Executive

I am inventive and performance-driven with technical skills and a proven ability to achieve and exceed objectives for growth and development. I have strong focus on developing companies and people, promoting personal growth to build organizational success and profitability. Valued for determining market strategy, setting the vision and inspiring the pursuit and attainment of those goals; I am a firm believer in conscience driven capitalism.

I have worked in financial services, particularly insurance and risk management services, for the past 20 years. I am an Independent Advisor and Consultant and serve as Chairman of Amua Africa (Private) Limited, a company focusing on leadership development and investments in Africa, primarily Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Prior to my current role I served as the chief executive of African Life Assurance (Tanzania) Ltd, a long-term assurance company that I successfully led to become the market leader both in terms of size and profitability, increasing from 10% to 47% of the market share. I have also served as general manager and principle officer of Liaison Insurance as well as broking manager with Aon Risk Services (Zimbabwe). The scope of my experience covers property and casualty markets as well as life assurance sectors. I have also worked as principle officer both as an insurance carrier and as insurance broker.

I have served on a number of boards of directors including the Tanzania Reinsurance Corporation (TANRE), African Life Assurance, Aids Business Coalition Tanzania (ABCT), and East Africa Speakers Bureau (EASB).

I hold a diploma in insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) UK and am a holder of the designations ‘Associate in Risk Management’ and ‘Associate in Regulation and Compliance’ through The Institutes (the American Insurance Institute and the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters).

Social Entrepreneur Initiatives

I am the founder of Ibariki Afrika and Ubuntu Philosophy. These are social networks that are concerned with community development and improving the state of humanity.

  • Amua Africa - Amua Africa is an executive agency promoting innovation and investment in Africa. Amua Africa currently holds representative agreements for various companies, services and brands including LIMRA, McNulty Re, SMI, as well as information and other financial services brands. Services include management consulting as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) facilitations.
  • Ibariki Africa - I have established a network to inspire youth in Africa to be the change that they wish to see in the world through active Contemplation, Collaboration, Connectivity, Creativity, and Celebration.
  • Ubuntu Philosophy - Ubuntu Philosophy promotes knowledge and understanding of African value systems and ethics that prioritize the well-being of the collective society. These values are so desperately needed in today’s society, which has become highly individualistic and materialistic at the cost of the well-being of the majority.

Motivational Speaker

I have been invited to speak for a number of institutions and at a number of events covering business and leadership in the past, including:

  • University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) – School of Journalism
  • The Institute of Financial Management (IFM)
  • East Africa Speakers Bureau (EASB)
  • The Leadership and Lifestyle Forum (LLF)
  • Insurance Institute of Tanzania (IIT)
  • Insurance Institute of Bulawayo (IIB)
  • The Africa Financial Services Summit

Some of the topics covered in Charles’ talks include the following:

  • How to find personal purpose in life
  • The role of innovation in financial services
  • Career choices for youth
  • How to be an effective leader
  • How to be an effective Manager
  • The Art of being YOU
  • Service and Leadership
  • Vision for your Life, Career and Business
  • How to Unleash your Potential
  • How to Overcome Limiting Thoughts

I have also been featured in a number of publications and television broadcasts with interviews and articles on topics covering the importance of values and character, leadership and social change, and contemporary fashion and design. These publications and stations include The Guardian, The Citizen, The Chronicle, Daily News, The Business Times, Mint Monday, ITV, Channel 10, and EATV.

Empowering Youth

For the past 22 years, since I was a teenager, I have worked tirelessly to encourage and inspire youth. Some notable efforts include:

  • Youth Activist – I chaired and organized a number of initiatives under the Bulawayo Junior City Council (BJCC) while serving as a councilor and deputy junior mayor between 1991 and 1992. These activities included an Anti-AIDS and Drug-Abuse Campaign to build awareness among the youth concerning the detriments of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. I was a key member of the organizing committee for the first Junior Sports Person of the Year Award in Zimbabwe 1990. I also served as a junior ambassador to British Columbia, Canada and the Model UN Conference in 1991. Other initiatives included fundraising for poor and less privileged children within the Bulawayo society.
  • Volunteer Commerce Teacher - I served as a volunteer commerce teacher for Ntabazinduna High School and Girls College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe between 1992 and 1994. This was done while working full-time as a broker with Minet Insurance Brokers.
  • Business Facilitator and Volunteer for the Junior Achievement Company program – I served as a business facilitator for the JA Company program in high schools in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe between 2000 and 2002.  Junior Achievement works through partnerships between education and business communities in order to provide practical economic and entrepreneurial education programs to young people. I advised and mentored groups of up to 30 young people in forms four through six during their JA Company program. Meeting up to twice a week for 16 weeks, I helped and guided the students form and operate an actual small business.  Under the JA Company program the participants conducted market research, decided on a product or service, applied for jobs and elected officers, developed business plans, sold shares to raise capital, produced and marketed their products and services, tracked operations and kept records, conducted shareholders’ meetings, and finally liquidated the company returning a profit. This was done while working as broking manager with Aon Risk Solutions (Zimbabwe).
  • University Speaker and Mentor – I have spoken and continue to speak at a number of universities and colleges in Dar es Salaam, covering topics such as choice of career, achieving success, life purpose, setting goals, and vision. I have spoken at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) School of Journalism, the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), and the College of Business Education (CBE).
  • Ibariki Afrika – I have established a network to inspire youth in Africa to be the change that they wish to see in the world through active Contemplation, Collaboration, Connectivity, Creativity, and Celebration.

Consulting & Advisory Work

I provide consulting and advisory services in the area of business strategy, organizational and people development. I am inventive and performance-driven with technical skills and a proven ability to achieve and exceed objectives for growth and development. Strong focus on developing companies and people, promoting personal growth to build organizational success and profitability. Valued for determining market strategy, setting the vision and inspiring the pursuit and attainment of those goals. I am a firm believer in conscience driven capitalism.

I have been involved in business strategic planning, motivating and training groups and individuals over the course of my career, which started in 1992. Whilst I am an expert in financial services, specifically insurance and risk management, my core passion and competence is in the area of leadership. I lead through an interactive process and give significant attention to the critical areas of values, communication, and culture.  Grounded on the belief and value that we are all leaders is the heart of my extensive community involvement. This foundation combined with my success in the corporate sector, facilitating and coaching in various organizational settings together with my voluntary service provide a strong basis on which to guide and direct organizations, groups, and individuals to succeed.

I combine the filial culture of caring with a rigorous results orientation. I provide coaching on how to become effective leaders and how to discover personal purpose. Clients include the banking, insurance, and communications sectors.

Writer

I write primarily to express myself, my thoughts, views, opinions, and creativity. By exercising creative expression I seek to be a blessing to others and to also fulfill my capacity as a creative being. I write on numerous matters from business best practice to life reflections and poetry.

Entertainment

I brought one of my hidden talents to center-stage, raising an excess of $10,000 for charity.  Performing stand-up comedy twice at the Vodacom Comedy Show, I shared the stage with world-renowned South African TV personality and comedian Barry Hilton.  Enjoying the comedic side, I was also invited to perform as the opening act for the illustrious saxophone jazz musician Bobby Rickets. I tried my hand at acting, playing a ruthless secret service interrogator in the movie Moment of Truth. In addition, I have served as emcee for a number of corporate and charity events.

I modeled attire and featured in TV commercials for a prominent retail outlet, Power Sales, and subsidiary of Pepcor SA.

Travel

When I was a child a major journey consisted of boarding a bus from rural Zimbabwe to the city. I loved journeying then and to this day I still love to travel and connect with different peoples and cultures around the world. I am humbled and blessed to have travelled to no less than 30 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North-America. Exposure to other cultures and languages promotes peace and understanding. My interest to travel is also encouraged by my love for history. Travelling allows me to visit and experience great historical sites where significant decisions were taken and events took place. Such places include Great Zimbabwe, where the Mwenemutapa Kingdom (also known as the Monomotapa/Munhumutapa Kingdom) was headquartered for centuries, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Dakar, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar, where slave trade took place extensively.

Awards & Recognitions

Among others, the awards I have received over my career include the following:

  • Membership to the Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow - 2013
  • The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship through The African Leadership Institute (AfLI) and the University of Oxford - 2011
  • African Life Assurance Board of Directors Award for Leadership Excellence - 2011
  • Sanlam Developing Markets (SDM) Leopard Award for leading the best performing subsidiary in Africa as of June 2008
  • Junior Achievement Zimbabwe Distinguished Service Award  “for outstanding service to youth and community” - 2002