Geoffreys Matipano

Board Member

Park Boards

Mr Geoffreys Matipano is an accomplished executive with a track record of over 10 years at senior level overseeing national and international wildlife conservation programmes. Specific areas of involvement include policy and strategy formulation and implementation, protected area management, conservation partnerships, wildlife management and utilization, antipoaching programme execution, endangered species protection, research and monitoring, resource mobilization, and community and stakeholder mobilization and coordination. Currently Deputy Director-General (Conservation) in the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Previous portfolios with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority were Acting Director (Conservation)(May 2010- 31 December 2010 and from 1 May 2013 to 8 May 2015); Head of Management Services (May 2008 to August 2016); National Rhino Coordinator (Biological Management)(March 2006 to August 2016); Head of the examination board for professional hunter/guide examinations (2005 to April 2008) and Vice-Principal, Mushandike College of Wildlife Management (October 2004 to April 2008). Also is a former lecturer with the National University of Science and Technology (2003-2004) and programme coordinator with the Bulawayo Region, Zimbabwe Open University. Previously worked with the then Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management as an Examiner of professional hunter and guides (2000 to 2016); Ecologist (Matusadona National Park-1997-2003); Rhino coordinator on private land (1995-1997), and Wildlife officer and Lecturer at Mushandike Natural Resources College (1987-1995). He is a Trustee with the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust and now Matusadona Conservation Trust. Previously, was a Board Member of Mufurudzi Park (Pvt)(2014 to 2016). He holds MSc. (Strategic Management)(Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe); MSc (Tropical Resource Ecology) (University of Zimbabwe); BSc. (Hon.) (Wildlife Sciences and Conservation) (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), and Diploma (Wildlife Management) (College of African Wildlife Management, Tanzania).