Rural Electrification Fund’s Finance Director and acting Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Felistus Makumbinde has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Inspirational women in Zimbabwe for the year 2023 at a function in Harare recently.


The award, the brainchild of the Institute of Corporate Directors Network Zimbabwe recognizes 50 most Inspirational Women in Zimbabwe selected in various categories. And in 2023, Mrs Makumbinde was announced as one of the winners.


Human Resources and Administration Chief, Mr Never Phiri first broke the good news to REF staff members. “Colleagues, please join me in congratulating our acting CEO, Mrs.

  1. Makumbinde on the award she has received from the Institute of Corporate Directors Zimbabwe for being one of the 50 Most Inspirational Women in Zimbabwe 2023,” he said.


Mrs Makumbinde who is the acting Chief Executive officer for REF following the retirement of Eng Joshua Mashamba could not hide her excitement after she heard the good news of the award and paid tribute to the entire REF family for the support.


“The award could not have come, had it not been for teamwork and support,” she said in reference to REF staff members.


Apart from REF staff members, the acting CEO also thanked her family members for rendering her unwavering support both at home and workplace.


“I also thank my husband and our children, my number one support system,” she added.


Mrs Makumbinde joined REF in 2020 as the Finance Director bringing in vast experience in the field of finance, administration, and business management portfolios. Since then, she has never looked back and continues to work hard to turn around the fortunes of the Fund.


Despite joining the Fund during the Covid 19 pandemic where there was national shutdown, the Finance Director’s impact in financial management was felt in project implementation which resulted in a sharp increase in completed grid, solar and biogas projects countrywide.


In addition to projects, Mrs Makumbinde upscaled her financial management expertise when she secured funding to procure both operational and management vehicles to replace the ageing fleet of vehicles which were hindering project implementation.


“One thing I have learnt is that when doing your work, whether in your personal business or workplace, do it as if unto the Lord,” she said.


Previously, Mrs Makumbinde worked for the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administrators Management (ZIPAM), Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), Heritage and AC Controls Pvt Ltd in the fields of financial management and administration.