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Tendai Shephard Mbanje

Tendai Shephard Mbanje is an alumnus of API, 2017 cohort and a national of Zimbabwe. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in International Human Rights Law at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He holds two masters’ degrees in Human rights law and international public law respectively from the University of Cape town. Professionally, Tendai has served as a technical Assistant at the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. In the Gambia, Tendai worked in the legal Unit for the Secretariat and further served as an assistant in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Commission. He is an accredited international election observer with African Union Election Observer Missions (AUEOMs) and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).  Prior to this, Tendai served as a night manager, in the department of student housing, student affairs at the University of Cape town, the Residence academic Development Committee Coordinator (RADC) and research assistant at the Centre for law and Society and the Democratic Governance Rights Unit, at the faculty of law, in the same University. 

Tendai Mbanje currently serve as a researcher and programme support staff in the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He is a part time consultant with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) based in South Africa. Tendai has published in accredited international journals, and have on numerous occasions attended international conferences, guest lectured in Universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. His research areas are international law, international human rights law, development, governance, elections, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Email:  



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