Zimbabwe & University of the Western Cape, 2020
Bakani Mark Ncube was born and raised in Zimbabwe’s “City of Kings”, Bulawayo, where he studied at St. Thomas Aquinas and at Christian Brothers’ College. He studied Pharmacy at the University of Zimbabwe where he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership (2017). In addition, he has received numerous awards including the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of Zimbabwe award, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) IPS Mike How Award, the CBC Projects Trophy for Personal Service to the Needy, Full Cultural and Academic Colours, and District and Provincial Awards of Academic Excellence.
Bakani has held several leadership positions nationally, regionally and internationally. He was the President of the Zimbabwe Pharmaceutical Students Association (ZPSA) from 2018-2019, an ex-officio member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe (PSZ) Council, and the Assistant Editor of the Pharmaceutical Journal of Zimbabwe. He has served the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) as a member of the Student Exchange Committee as well as the Policy Committee, and he is the current IPSF Policy Coordinator.
Bakani has an interest in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and policy analysis, particularly in the African context. He works to protect the public’s right to safe, quality and efficacious medical products and health technologies while being a voice at the cutting edge of public policy and health. A global citizen with a heart of service and an advocate for African solutions for Africa’s challenges, Bakani also loves photography, travel, and being outdoors – especially when there are sunsets involved.