Dr Runyowa Douglas is currently employed as Director for Tourism Development and Facilitation in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. He holds a Doctorate in Tourism Development Studies, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe where he also attained a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management. He holds several qualifications in the area of banking and policy attained during his course of working experience in both private and public sectors.
He has worked in the Private sector where he was a graduate trainee with Cresta Hospitality before joining Kings Haven hotel as General Manager in 2003 up to 2005. From 2005 to 2010 he worked within the Economic Research Unit of the Reserve Bank and its subsidiary Fiscorp Private Ltd. He had attained a middle management role by the time he left in 2010, to join the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry as Deputy Director responsible for Policy Research Planning and Development. He has been instrumental in shaping the policy direction of the Ministry and led the team that developed Zimbabwe’s first ever National Tourism Policy which was passed by cabinet in 2012.
He was duly promoted to his current post in February 2013 becoming one of the youngest ever Directors in Government at the age of 35. He was the Head of Secretariat during the co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly in Victoria Falls in 2013. He has been an events Manager for most tourism events hosted by Zimbabwe over the last few years where he has also helped moderate sessions. He is a past Board member of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and currently sits on the Boards of the Forestry Commission and the National Handling services. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the School of Tourism and Hospitality of Chinhoyi University of Technology. He is part of the Government team of Technical Experts that has been seconded for Training on the Implementation of Special Economic Zones and has been exposed through practical and theoretical training to the development of Special Economic Zones in China in areas such as Zhuhai, Nantong, Shenzhen among others. He has key interest in tourism development initiatives at global and continental levels and has in the past served in the Board of the Regional Tourism Organisation for Southern Africa (Retosa). Dr Runyowa is a promoter of inclusive tourism development initiatives and sustainable tourism development. He is married to Florence Runyowa and has three kids, Sheunesu and Munashe and Mufaro.