Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Wed 19 Oct - Sun 23 Oct, 2011

Rudo Sithole Rudo Sithole (Faculty)

Country/Region: Zimbabwe


Executive Director, AFRICOM, Nairobi, Kenya

A Doctor of Philosophy in the Natural Sciences field of Entomology, Rudo Sithole is the current executive director of the International Council of African Museums, AFRICOM. She started her career in museums 25 years ago as curator at the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe which ranks among the four largest museums in Africa. She progressed through the ranks to became director of this museum during the period 2004-2009. Dr. Sithole has extensive experience in managing and conserving both cultural and natural heritage, conducting and spearheading museum conservation, documentation, restoration and research programs. She has also lectured in Biological Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe between 1997 and 2005. She has been a member of ICOM since the mid 90s having started in CIDOC, then moved to NATHIST where she is a past vice-president. Dr. Sithole is a past president of ICOM Zimbabwe and has had several positions in the boards of research and academic organizations locally and internationally. Her publications include papers on taxonomy and biology of parasitic wasps, species concepts, role of museums in society, tourism and intangible heritage and documentation standards in museums.
Rudo Sithole holds three degrees including a first class MSc. in Tropical Entomology. She is a recipient of several meritorious scholarships including John Wakeford, Ford, BMZ and BioNET International.