Lizah Makombore

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Guest Faculty

Lizah Makombore has over ten years of experience working in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) sector, development sector, public finance institutions, and institutions of higher learning. 


Makombore began her career at the Central Bank of Zimbabwe, where she started as an intern and ended as an investment analyst responsible for appraising Foreign Direct Investments into Zimbabwe. From there, she moved to a project at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called the South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL) where she played a critical role in implementing specific interventions for small to medium-sized farmers and businesses to assist them for successful linkages with South African corporations and to the US markets. This project exposed her to farmers from all the provinces in South Africa, both commercial and subsistence farmers. From this role, she became project manager at an NGO based in South Africa called the National Business Initiative (NBI).

At the NBI, Makombore contributed to multi-faceted projects at the regional level and local level in the following sectors, climate change, water sustainability, regenerative agriculture, public-private and partnerships, equity and justice and local economic development. After the NBI, she ventured into academia, and has spent the last six years as a research assistant, lecturer, curriculum developer and reviewer of assessments. She currently lives and works in Vermont and is particularly involved in some of the following projects: Urban Agroecology, Financing for Agroecology, Next System Lab, Leadership for Ecozoic Territories of Life Project, and The Transboundary Water Initiative.

Makombore is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2024.