Aretha Mare

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Aretha Mare
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Aretha Mare. Image retrieved from Linkedin on 2 August, 2021.
Alma materNational University of Science and Technology, University of Sussex
Known forBeing the Co-founder Impact Hub Harare

Editor: Tamia Adolph

Aretha Mare is the Co-Founder of Impact Hub Harare. Impact Hub Harare is a membership-based organisation that offers resources including co-working spaces, programmes, and events. The organisation aims to enable Zimbabwean start-ups to connect, collaborate, and inspire each other to reach a global standard.[1]

Mare is a researcher as well as an advocate for women and girls participating in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and education.


Mare has obtained several qualifications in STEM and leadership fields. From the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe, Mare obtained a BTech in Chemical Technology. She has completed her MSc in Science and Technology Policy with a distinction.[2]

Furthermore, Mare improved her leadership skills through the Leadership Development Programme at the Civic Education Network Trust (CIVNET). CIVNET was created to educate Zimbabweans on their rights and obligations as citizens with specific reference to citizen participation, development, and democracy issues. The Leadership Development Programme particularly focuses on building the leadership skills of leaders.[3]


From 2005 to 2012, Mare was a Clinical Research Assistant through the University of Zimbabwe and University of California San Francisco Collaborative Research Program, which aims to implement high-quality science addressing HIV prevention and therapy.[4]

Moving from Zimbabwe to the US, Mare became a TechWomen Fellow in 2013. TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers and inspire women and girls in their communities.[5] In the same year, Mare became the Founder of TechWomen Zimbabwe.

In 2015, she was a Leadership Council Member at Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Africa. Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) is a consortium of dedicated partners led by IIE to design and support a series of innovative activities to provide training, build networks, and offer professional opportunities.[6] In 2015, Mare co-founded Impact Hub Harare with Tadzoka Pswarayi.[7]

From 2016 onwards, she has acted as a Team Manager for FIRST Global Robotics in Zimbabwe. Mare is on the Policy/Ethics Chair for the Alliance for Africa’s Intelligence in 2019.[8]


In July 2017, Mare was awarded the Chevening Scholarship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. Chevening provides full funding for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities.[9]