January 22, 2016

About Our Global Directors, Sabina Zunguze, Martie Thompson, and Bobbi Merwin

Sabina ZunguzeSABINA ZUNGUZE

Sabina is the founder and owner of Beautiful Options USA (dba A Gift To Africa) and managing partner of Trade Assist (USA and Kenya). Sabina was also co-founder and CEO of Basa Body LLC and Muchero LLC – USA-based companies that educate, promote and market high-end crafts, coconut-oil skin-care , and products from indigenous African plants from almost 300 women 9 African countries. Sabina partners with artisans (especially women) in Africa and South America. She provides artisan partners with managerial support, production assistance and practical business training and sourcing. Sabina is also co-owner of One World Gifts Store in Sugar House a store that sells local and international fair trade handmade gifts and also provides workshops to the community.

Sabina has been engaged as a consultant in the INSPIRE UN World Food Program Women Leadership Program and also on the OWIT – African Women Enterprise Program (AWEP) subcommittee.

Sabina has recently worked on development projects with the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa and the University of South Florida on the Liwonde National Park Project, in Malawi.

She has previously worked as an economic and agricultural statistician in Zimbabwe, Kenya and the USA and also in senior managerial positions in Ohio, Georgia and Utah in Behavioral Health research and information systems. She has also consulted extensively with the US Federal government on Substance Abuse and Mental Health information systems.

In 2006, Sabina was awarded a Pathfinder Award by the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce and in 2011 she also got an award as a woman of global change for the work she does with women around the world. Sabina was the 2013 ZimExpo Business Person of the year in Dallas Texas. She has also written numerous articles and presented at numerous local and national conferences on doing business with Africa.

Up until December 2015 when she moved to Tampa, Florida, Sabina was chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and also its Committee on Women; was the President of the African Chamber of Commerce of Utah, Chair of the Utah chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), Board member of the Community Development Finance Alliance Advisory Board and a member of the Utah Women’s Forum and International Women’s Forum. Sabina has also sat on numerous non-profit boards advocating for women and children.

Sabina is currently Global Director of International Women’s Day under the Women’s Information Network. She is also Chair of the of Board of Directors of Whale Center (Wellness Health And Lifestyle Education) International – Global Healing. Co-Vice President of IT for the Organization of Women in International Trade.
Sabina holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Statistics from India and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Statistics from George Washington University, Washington DC.

Sabina is a Zimbabwean native who has resided in USA for over 30 years. She is married with 4 children.

 

MARTIE THOMPSON

SWP_0863I believe in the strength of a community coming together to achieve one common goal for the development of women.  Together we can create a vision to empower women of all ages to be strong, successful and lead a better life. – Martie Thompson

BOBBI MERWIN

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I feel blessed to be involved with this event.   Anyway we can bring women together to celebrate, engage, and learn from one another is a great opportunity.  – Bobbi Merwin