During the academic year, The University of Tulsa’s Friends of Finance holds a monthly gathering during which one faculty member and one graduate student are spotlighted for their excellence and achievement. This October, that student was James Nyamahono.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nyamahono grew up in a low-income household that relied primarily on subsistence living. But Nyamahono was determined to change his circumstances and, recognizing that education was the key, enrolled in the University of Fort Hare in 2009 where he went on to earn a bachelor of business studies degree and master’s and doctoral degrees in environment and society research.
Nyamahono is passionate about environmental management and community development. From 2014 to 2022, he was an education, training, and development practitioner with an emphasis on environmental conservation and behavioral health education. He has also worked as a university lecturer in environmental sociology and as a psycho-social assistant consultant.
In December 2022, Nyamahono relocated to the United States to pursue a master’s in business analytics at TU’s Collins College of Business and is expected to graduate in December 2024. His interests are in environmental justice, globalization of markets, entrepreneurship, and healthcare development.