Dixon Chibanda

Dixon Chibanda

CEO & Founder, Friendship Bench
2020 Elevate Prize Winner

Dr. Dixon Chibanda is the founder and Executive Director of the Friendship Bench program, an evidence based psychological therapy for depression delivered by over 700 trained community grandmothers on wooden park benches in over 100 communities in Zimbabwe and beyond. As a psychiatrist with over 10 years experience in both clinical and research work, Dixon provides oversight and leadership to the Friendship Bench team. He articulates the vision, mission and values of Friendship bench to the wider global community through regular peer reviewed publications, conference presentations and speaking events.  Dr. Dixon Chibanda past experience is  rooted in research aimed at developing innovations that narrow the treatment gap and increase access to treatment for depression, a leading cause of disability globally.