Managing Director, Riders for Health International
Ngwarati Mashonga is a transport, supply chain and health logistics expert. Ngwarati joined Riders in his native Zimbabwe in 1996, after qualifying as a skilled worker class one motorcycle mechanic. He became programme director in 2001, overseeing a team of 41 staff and the management of nearly 600 vehicles. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce degree (specialising in transport economics) and a Master of Science Degree in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In 2007, Ngwarati was appointed to the post of field programme co-ordinator, to oversee the replication of Riders’ programmes into new countries. His most replication work is Riders involvement in Ebola eradication and set-up of Liberia program from 2015. Riders for Health trains mechanics, transport administrators, drivers, riders to keep motor vehicles and motorcycles in rural Africa running, providing the means for health workers and resources to reach the people who needed them. The organisation started out raising money by putting on events in the motorcycle community. This strategy is still the cornerstone of their fundraising, but they now also run auctions, take donations and work with a wide range of partners in health systems strengthening and developing transport infrastructure for Africa.