Nathan Zindikilani is a summer intern at the O’Neill Institute.
Prior to O’Neill, Zindikilani served in the Zimbabwean government’s youth leadership program. He held the following offices: junior senator for the Mazowe district, junior member of Parliament for Hatfield constituency, and junior minister of state for provincial affairs for Harare Metropolitan province. During his tenure, Zindikilani worked closely with the Parliament of Zimbabwe, cabinet members, and nongovernmental organizations to craft youth-sensitive policy. Additionally, Zindikilani was a member of a delegation that presented recommendations of the 24th Junior Cabinet before then-vice president of Zimbabwe, Emerson Mnangagwa.
Since 2018, Zindikilani has actively volunteered with Ignite Youth, a Zimbabwean nonprofit initiative that focuses on youth empowerment through mentorship. At Ignite Youth, he led, coordinated, and implemented policy for its flagship entrepreneurship program.
Zindikilani is invested in bridging law with public health. He is particularly interested in the formulation and implementation of comprehensive policies that ensure robust public health systems, effective pre-to-post health crisis response, and adequate investment in health-related research, science, and technology for developing countries.
At Great Zimbabwe University, Zindikilani has participated in six moot court competitions. His activities included providing oral arguments and contributing to team research on areas, including disability rights, sexual reproductive health, environmental law, mining law, corruption and human rights, public international law, and international humanitarian law. Zindikilani served as captain for the team that won the 2021 ICRC International Humanitarian Law, national moot court competition. This team will represent Zimbabwe at the 2022 All-Africa ICRC-IHL moot court competition in Tanzania.