Evan Mawarire

Director of Frontlines of Freedom, Renew Democracy Initiative

Evan Mawarire is a Zimbabwean clergyman who founded #ThisFlag Citizen’s Movement to challenge corruption, injustice and poverty in Zimbabwe. The movement mobilized millions of people in non-violent protests in response to unjust government policies. For his work, Mawarire was imprisoned and tortured in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and charged with treason facing 80 years in prison. Evan has addressed audiences at The Atlantic Council, Yale, Harvard, the Oxford Union (UK), the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy. Foreign Policy magazine named him among 100 global thinkers of 2016. The Daily Maverick Newspaper of South Africa named him 2016 African person of the year. Evan Mawarire was a nominee of the prestigious 2018 Swedish government’s Per Anger Prize for democracy actors. He is a former fellow of Stanford University’s Centre for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law, Yale University’s World Fellows and a Regan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Mawarire is currently a visiting fellow at both the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. He serves on the advisory board of Yale International Leadership Centre and is currently the Director of Frontlines of Freedom at Renew Democracy Initiative in Washington DC.