Getrude Matshe is an inspirational speaker and a well-known African storyteller, poet, artist and published author. She is the founder and CEO of the Africa Alive Education Foundation, an organization that supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. Getrude is a dynamic entrepreneur who has started life in a new country and who has proven that anything is possible if you have a purpose.
Her speaking career began in Norway 1989 and for 12 years she has worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst, Systems Support Manager and Project Manager. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an Honor in Industrial Psychology. Getrude immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with nothing and is now the director of three successful companies.
She is married and the mother of three children.
Getrude started Medical Recruiters of New Zealand Ltd and GM Global Investments Ltd.
She formed Simzisani Creations, a talent agency serving the film and advertising industry, which has been instrumental in supplying ethnic extras for prominent movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and James Cameron’s “Avatar”.
She formed Walk on the Wild Side Tours – a symbiotic tourism company that takes tourists to Zimbabwe to work with HIV orphans and the communities that support them.