For more information about our work in Harare, please contact:
Mikael Johansson holds a Master of Laws from the Faculty of Law at Lund University, with specialisation in international human rights law and international humanitarian law. He has been with the Institute since 1991 and has held several positions within the department for international programmes, including head of programmes, and has also functioned as the Institute’s advisor on Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance. He is currently the director of the Institute´s Zimbabwe Programme and Harare Office, and the Institute’s Senior Policy Adviser on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights. From September 2004 to August 2006 Mikael worked at the Embassy of Sweden in Harare, as the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency’s (Sida), Regional Adviser for Democracy and Human Rights for Southern Africa.
Mikael’s work experience covers management of institutional and human rights capacity development programmes and strategic planning and policy development related to development cooperation and human rights, including results based management and application of human rights based approaches to development. He has vast experience in the fields of administration of justice, rule of law and anti-corruption. He is the current coordinator of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network of Institutes and he is since 2011 member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.
The Harare Office was established in 2020 and currently there are five staff members working on the team. Read more about our work in Zimbabwe.
Isis Sartori Reis
Isis currently works with RWI’s human rights capacity development programme for Zimbabwe. She has also assisted in the institute’s research on the nexus between corruption and human rights, as well as on the linkages between human rights cities and the sustainable development goals.
Prior to joining RWI, Isis was a Blue Book trainee at the European Commission and an intern at the United Nations. She has been working with human rights since 2012, having volunteered and worked for NGOs in Brazil and Denmark. Isis holds a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden and a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Timothy holds a LLM (jur. kand) with a specialization in European Union law, together with a Bachelors (fil. kand) in Human Rights, both from Lund University, Sweden. He currently works with the academic cooperation component of the Zimbabwe Programme, primarily with regard to mainstreaming and institutionalising human rights education and research in Zimbabawe.
Ashley is a recent graduate of Bachelor of Laws Honours degree from Herbert Chitepo Law School at Great Zimbabwe University. She will be working primarly with RWI’s academic cooperation component. She has a considerable background in human hights studies obtained during the course of her degree and human rights related advocacy skills obtained through moot courts participation.
Innocent Mawire, is a lawyer by profession, and has acquired extensive experience on public sector and human rights matters in Zimbabwe spanning more than a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (2005) and is also a graduate of the Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Lund University, Sweden (2019). Before his studies in Lund Innocent worked at the Department for Policy and Legal Research at the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in Zimbabwe, where he, inter alia, served in the secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the secretariat of the Universal Period Review National Steering Committee. Further, Innocent served as the Ministry of Justice representative on the Governance and Institution Building Thematic Cluster under the Resumed 11th Round of the European Development Fund as well as the Focal Point in the Department’s Intellectual Property Unit where he led the processes towards the development of Zimbabwe’s first ever National IP Policy and Strategy Framework, including Zimbabwe’s accession to the WIPO Madrid Protocol for the International Registration Mark (1989).
Innocent also served as the Secretary to the Council for Legal Education and was instrumental in the establishment of the Faculties of Law’s inaugural LLB degrees at Great Zimbabwe University and the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University. Most recently, Innocent is coming from the UNDP Zimbabwe Country Office, where he served as National Public Sector Reform Officer within the Governance and Peace Building Unit providing technical support to capacity development initiatives to the Tripartite Partners of the Public Service Commission, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Moreblessing currently works with RWI’s human rights capacity development programme for Zimbabwe particularly in the academic cooperation component.
She has more than seven years’ experience working in the human rights sector in Zimbabwe. She has experience in communications, advocacy and project management. Before joining RWI, Moreblessing worked for the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) as the Advocacy and Communications Officer making significant contributions to the promotion of human rights and access to justice.
Moreblessing also has experience working with state institutions including academia, civil society organisations and development partners.
She holds a Master of Arts degree with a specialisation in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), a Bachelor of Laws degree (South Africa) and a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Society Studies (Zimbabwe).