Philimon Zongo blazes trail of achievement with cyber security technology


Staff Reporter


Meet a #Zimbo trailblazing Philimon Zongo (pictured here with Edwin Anderson, CEO at Zororo-Phumulani in Sydney) who has outstanding contributions to the Cyber Security sector and a recipient of the ZAA Australia in 2019.

His award-winning book tackles issues related to cyber security, the threats it faces in the industry and corporate responses to them, within a framework of “five anchors.”

Zongo is the CEO and founder of CISO Advisory and has been published in a number of journals and received numerous awards from several professional bodies, including from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

He has consulted widely with major corporations to assist with their cybersecurity strategies for over a decade.
His significant contribution to the technology risk and cyber security profession is both ground-breaking and inspirational.”

“He has been published in over 180 countries to date, particularly in areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is a credit to his industry, a role model in the community and a force to be reckoned with.

Zim Achievers awards Australia: All the winners

THE Zimbabwean Australian Diaspora community and friends came out in full force on this week to celebrate some of the best achievers of the year at the Zororo-Phumulani Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) Australia 3rd Edition.

Running under the theme, ‘Celebrating excellence and promoting the health and wellbeing of Zimbabweans in Australia’, the event was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney.

This year’s edition was graced by Zimbabwe’s envoy to Australia, Ambassador Joe Tapera Mhishi among other guests.

The event saw the reunion of ZAA and headline sponsor, Repatriation and Funeral insurance company Zororo-Phumulani once more setting the platform to celebrate Zimbabwean achievers and coincided with the launch of Zororo-Phumulani’s World Wide Funeral Plan (WWF) which is targeted at the Diaspora communities in offering repatriation to Zimbabwe and undertaking funeral services anywhere in the home-country.

Method Mukundu, the ZAA Australia Country Director spoke on the theme in his opening speech.

“As we celebrate and honour those amongst us who have excelled, we also intended to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental and physical health, balanced finances and strong networks that can sustain a fully integrated, healthy and stable Zimbabwean Community in Australia,” he said.

Peace of Mind

Zororo Phumulani CEO Edwin Anderson also spoke of their delight in supporting the efforts of ZAA and Diaspora communities in providing peace of mind for all communities and their expansion into the USA, UK, Canada as well as other territories where the Zimbabwe Diaspora communities are based.

The WWF Plan by Zororo Phumulani is powered by Doves to offer a Diaspora-oriented funeral plans for those in Australia with packages including repatriation services and air tickets for two persons to travel with the deceased to Zimbabwe where Doves will take over from there till the final destination and End of Life Services.

Notable amongst the winners was ZimGems Netball Team star Joice Mada Takaidza who scooped 3 awards in the categories of Sport Personality of the Year, People’s Choice and the Chairman’s Award to become the first recipient to earn 3 awards in one night since the inaugural ZAA Australia in 2017.

Rising Zimbabwean born lawyer Harutsari Marunda picked up two awards; one on behalf of her law firm HCM Legal in the Business of the Year category and the other in her personal capacity as recipient of the Outstanding Achiever Award.

Tendayi Ganga was also a double award winner in the Community Champion of the Year (Female) and the Community Organisation of the Year through her Born to Shine Women’s Organisation.

Completing the list of double award winners on the night was Simba Mushete who was awarded for excellence in the categories of Music Artist of the Year and Culture and Fashion Ambassador.

Lucky Ngoshi became the first recipient to win an award in each of the three successive ZAA Australia events after she clinched this year’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year award after being the winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2017 and the Philanthropic Leadership Award for her selfless community work in 2018.

The event was hosted by cybersecurity expert and author Phillimon Zongo with entertainment provided by the Echoes of Africa band led by Simba Mushete and gospel singer Nyarai Takaidza.
The ZimAchievers Awards have been a fixture on the diaspora social calendar since 2010 with editions in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa taking place annually.

In 2020, the awards make their long awaited bow on home soil for the 10th anniversary celebrations and awards show at Elephant Hills Lodge in Victoria Falls on 10th April under the ZimThrive Homecoming initiative.

Full list of ZAA Australia 2019 winners

Young Achiever’s Award – The Mango Twins (Julian & Juliet Mango)
Business of the year – HCM Legal
Community Organization of the Year – Born to Shine
Community Champion of the year Female – Tendayi Ganga
Community Champion of the year Male – John Shumba
Culture and Fashion Ambassador – Simba Mushete
Event of the Year – ZimOz Summer Festival
Female entrepreneur of the year – Lucky Ngoshi
Male Entrepreneur of the Year – Tobias Mahohoma
Music Artist of the Year – Simba Mushete
People’s Choice – Joice Mada Takaidza
Professional of the Year – Tecla Muriri Masunda
Sports person of the Year – Joice Mada Takaidza


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