Hon Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi (MP) has held various positions in both the Public and Private Sectors in Zimbabwe, including: Inspector of Mines in Zimbabwe's Ministry of Mines, Sales Engineer, Mitchel Cotts, General Manager Stewart and Lloyds, Marketing Director, Ag Venture and Chief Executive Officer in various private companies. He is the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa Chairperson, having been re-elected unanimously in September 2015 in Madeline, Colombia.
Dr Mzembi was elected to Parliament in 2004 where he held the position of Portfolio Committee Chairperson for Agriculture, Lands and Resettlement. He was subsequently appointed Head of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the ACP/EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Europe.
In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Water Resources and Management. In February 2009, he was appointed to his current position of Zimbabwe's Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
Hon Walter Mzembi has championed tourism development in his country expertly, and advanced tourism policy consummation at the African Union level for mainstreaming in the AU Agenda 2063. He is the driving force for his Vision 5:5:15:2020 interpreted to mean 5 Million arrivals, 5 Billion revenue contribution and 15% contribution to GDP by year 2020.
Walter is a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and a Certified Professional Engineer with the Engineering Councils of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
He holds a BBS and MBA Degrees from Azteca University, Mexico and is currently a PhD Research Student on the topic “An Exploratory study of Conservation Management in Zimbabwe: A Governance Perspective”.
Hon Eng. Walter Mzembi (MP) oversaw the successful hosting of the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly co-hosted in Victoria Falls in 2013 by Zimbabwe and Zambia. Dr Mzembi is a recipient of many awards and titles including: President of the New York Based Africa Travel Association (ATA) International Board Member of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), 2011 African Minister of the Year, Public Service Manager of the Year, and African Achievers Awards Tourism Excellence Award for 2012. He was voted as best Minister in 2013 and by his own public admission, President Mugabe in a rare public revelation admitted that the Hon Minister was one of his best at the European Council on Tourism and Trade ceremony conferring Zimbabwe with 2014-2015 World Best Destination and Preferred Cultural Destination Awards.