iris-mwanza

IRIS MWANZA, PH.D.

President and Executive Director

Iris is a skilled and passionate leader with extensive experience managing development projects across various communities in Africa. Iris provides oversight and strategic direction for the organization’s growing team. Prior to joining BRITE, she served as co-founder and Chief Executive officer of Mobile Payment Solutions Limited, a technology company focused on mobile commerce in Africa. From 2005 to 2009, as Chief Operations Officer for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), Iris managed the successful large-scale prevention, care and treatment programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and cervical cancer. Prior to CIDRZ, Iris worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC in the South Asia, Finance and Private Sector Development Group. Before her career in international development, she spent several years working as a corporate lawyer in both Zambia and the US. Iris holds an MA and PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as well as law degrees from Cornell University and the University of Zambia.