Stephan Chifunyise is an arts, culture and education consultant and the Principal of the Zimbabwe Academy of Arts Education for Development (ZAAED). He is currently the Chairman of several organisations in Zimbabwe that deal notably with cultural diversity, publishing, performing arts and intangible heritage. He has particular knowledge on theatre issues and has facilitated numerous theatre for development and theatre skills workshops in Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Cameroon.
Over the past 25 years, Mr Chifunyise has been involved in cultural policy formulation and evaluation in Africa. He contributed in particular to the evaluation of cultural policies in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mauritius and is a founding member of the Observatory on Cultural Policies in Africa. Furthermore, he was Director of Cultural Services in Zambia and Permanent Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture in the Government of Zimbabwe.
He played a prominent role in the development of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Arts and Culture Festivals from 1994 to 2000 and chaired the Southern African Film Festival (1990 -1996). Finally, he facilitated the review and classification of the culture sector and the formulation of the National Action Plan for the Culture Sector in Botswana in 2004 – 2008.