Glen Sungano Mpani

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Born (1977-03-10) March 10, 1977 (age 46)
Gweru, Zimbabwe
  • Masters in Public Administration
  • Master's in Democratic Governance
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Alma mater
  • Harvard University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Africa University
OccupationDemocracy and Governance expert

Glen Sungano Mpani is a Democracy & Governance expert who specialises in Political Campaigns in Africa.[1]


Born in the township of Mkoba in Gweru, Zimbabwe; Glen took to politics at an early age, in high school, he was one of the many students expelled at Dadaya High School after the protests that resulted in the burning down of Dadaya Mission school in Zvishavane in 1990.[2]


Glen’s professional areas of interest are in democracy, with a special focus on political party development, local government, political campaigns, elections and parliaments. As Programme Manager of Democracy and Governance at Open Society Institute Southern Africa (OSISA), he oversaw the set up and launch of the first Election Situation Rooms in Southern Africa in Malawi, Zambia,[3] Mozambique & Zimbabwe[4]

Mpani through his line of work, has been accused of meddling with the outcome of elections in Africa, namely in Zambia and Malawi.[5] He was criticised for his disapproving commentary at the helm of Zimbabwe's Military powered end to Robert Mugabe's rule in 2017.[6]

Research & Academic Achievements

Glen holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University in the field of Public Administration and was awarded a distinction in his master's dissertation titled 'To protest or not to protest? :Zimbabweans' willingness to protest'[7][8] The dissertation has been used to inform a number of politically oriented studies.[9] While at the African Transitional Justice Research Network(ATJRN ), Glen was instrumental in the convening, development and set up of the initial project that influenced the development of the Transitional Justice Policy by the African Union.[10][11][12]

Awards & Honours

In 2000, while a student at Africa University, Glen was the youngest addition to the 200 member commission appointed by Robert Mugabe in the Constitutional Review Process by the Government of Zimbabwe to write a New Constitution for Zimbabwe.


  1. Marongwe, Ngonidzashe; Duri, Fidelis Peter Thomas; Mawere, Munyaradzi, eds. (2019-02-06). Violence, Peace and Everyday Modes of Justice and Healing in Post-Colonial Africa. Langaa RPCIG. doi:10.2307/j.ctvh9vx65.11. ISBN 978-9956-550-32-6.
  2. Mail, The Sunday. "I didn't tolerate 'white nonsense'". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  3. "How ZEIC jointly rigged elections for PF and Edgar Lungu". Zambian Watchdog. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  4. Santana-Pereira, José; Martín, Irene (2019-05-23), "Iberian citizens' attitudes towards Parliament and representation", The Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2019. | Series: Library of legislative studies: Routledge, pp. 149–164, ISBN 978-1-351-06522-1, retrieved 2020-10-01{{citation}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. Jambaya, Philemon (2019-05-20). "Zimbos fingered in Malawi election rigging plot". Zimbabwe Morning Post. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  6. Mpani, Glen (2017-11-15). "Opinion | For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isn't the Answer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  7. Medearis, John (2020-03-03), "On the Strike and Democratic Protest", Protest and Dissent, NYU Press, pp. 237–268, ISBN 978-1-4798-1051-2, retrieved 2020-10-01
  8. Mpani, Glen (2007). "To protest or not to protest? : Zimbabweans' willingness to protest".
  9. Heldman, Caroline (2018-05-24). "Protest Politics in the Marketplace". Cornell University Press. doi:10.7591/cornell/9781501709203.001.0001.
  10. "Acknowledgements: Reviewer and Donor Support". International Journal of Transitional Justice. 3 (1): 154–155. 2008-09-26. doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijn040. ISSN 1752-7716.
  11. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. International Conference (18th : 2007 : San Antonio, Tex.) (2007). Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference annual : March 26-30, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. OCLC 310384163.
  12. Mncwabe, N. (2010-11-01). "African Transitional Justice Research Network: Critical Reflections on a Peer Learning Process". International Journal of Transitional Justice. 4 (3): 497–508. doi:10.1093/ijtj/ijq020. ISSN 1752-7716.

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