Born in 1957 in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, Gift Huggins Sibanda is a former Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization [ARIPO]. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Imperial Intellectual Property Investments [3eyes], an IP agency within One Health (Pvt) Ltd, a veterinary and pharmaceutical firm.
He is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Law [LLM] from Patrice Lumumba Friendship University, Moscow, having majored in Criminal and Civil Laws, with Intellectual Property as a special component. He was a beneficiary of a two-year WIPO fellowship on Patent Documentation and Information under the auspices of WIPO/UNDP project for the establishment of a Patent Documentation and Information Centre [ESAPADIC].
In the span of his career, he has undertaken a number of training courses on IP Management, Enforcement, Appeals Procedures, Documentation, Patent Drafting, Search and Examination in some of the major IP offices and institutions worldwide. These include among others: The Royal Swedish Patent Office in Stockholm, Sweden; the Austrian Patent Office in Vienna, Austria; the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany and in the Hague, Netherlands; the Germany Patent Office in Munich, Germany; the State Patent Office in Moscow, Russia; WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland; Ministry of Culture in Helsinki, Finland; Korean Intellectual Property Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the Chinese IP Academy in Beijing, China.
He is renowned for his active involvement in the institutionalization of ARIPO’s protocols and frameworks, outreach programmes in Africa on IP and in rendering ARIPO an internationally acclaimed institution in the area of IP.
He is a recipient of a Gold Medal Award presented to him by ARIPO and its member states in recognition of his contribution towards the development of IP in Africa.
He is an attested regional and international consultant on IP and has been involved in consultancy work with COMESA, SADC and UNECA.
He is also on the Roster for Consultants with WIPO and his last assignment being a member of a three-man team for reviewing WIPO’s Development Agenda.
Currently, he is a member of the Academic Staff at Africa University, Chairman of the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe and recently appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board for SIRDC.