With a vision to uplift the marketing profession and give it the recognition that it deserves, Mr Gillian Rusike birthed the vision of the Marketers Association of Zimbabwe in 2007. He has made strides in elevating the growth of marketing in the nation and has even gone beyond, to make the profession a recognized force in the region. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree with the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) as well as a graduate diploma in Marketing Management. He also holds an MBL (Masters in Business Leadership) with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). He is currently pursuing a Masters in Marketing Management with Midlands State University.
Under Gillian Rusike’s direction, MAZ has grown in size and stature. Through an excellent board and dedicated staff, MAZ has managed to set offices in Bulawayo and is set to go nationwide. The Association commands a membership of over 400 individual members and over 200 corporates. To further spread wings in the region, in 2012, Rusike was appointed Secretary General of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC), an amalgamation of marketing associations across the African continent. The AMC is made up of 6 founding members from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria, which are well-established marketing institutions in their own right. These are IMM (Institute of Marketing Management), Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ), Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM), Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK), Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) and National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), respectively.
In 2013 he was nominated as Outstanding Young Person in Zimbabwe by Junior Chamber International (JCI). Megafast also honored Gillian Rusike by awarding him the accolade of Visionary of The Year at the Megafest National Business Awards in 2014. He was appointed Chairman of Maranatha Junior School and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (UNWTO) Marketing Committee Chairman in 2013. He also sits on the board for the following companies: Entrepreneurial Development Trust Africa (EDTA), Zimbabwe All Media Research Foundation (ZARF), Property Views Estate Agents Limited, G & A Logistics Limited and Xhib-it Events Management Company. He is also the founder of Gillian and Associates Publishers which is responsible for the publication of the ground breaking People of Zimbabwe Handbook as well as other magazines.
- Bachelor in Business Administration Degree with the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM).
- Graduate diploma in Marketing Management.
- MBL (Masters in Business Leadership) with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE).
- Pursuing a Masters in Marketing Management with Midlands State University