Barbra Chimhandamba holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science, both from Carleton University, as well as a B.A. Honours degree in French from the University of Zimbabwe. In her Ph.D. dissertation, Barbra investigates an issue that pertinent and timely in light of the increasing involvement of celebrities, including pop singers, movie stars and high-profile, high-net worth individuals in humanitarian and philanthropic work, bringing attention to poverty, pandemics and disasters around the world. The dissertation, entitled, Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Politics of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to answer the following questions: what are the benefits and limitations of celebrity humanitarian and philanthropic organizations for development and to what extent have celebrity humanitarianism and philanthropy contributed to development in Sub-Saharan Africa? Her research delves into several disciplines including International Relations, Comparative Politics, Global Political Economy, Development Studies and Global Ethics.

During her doctoral studies, Barbra was a grateful recipient of the prestigious Ontario Trillium Scholarship (2017-2022) among other scholarships and internal awards.

Barbra has worked as a foreign service officer and has over 25 years’ experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. She has served as a diplomat in various countries and at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.