Zena Mnasi Mabeyo, (PhD), is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, Institute of Social Work, Tanzania. She holds PhD in Psychology from the Alpen Andria University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Dr Zena has over twenty five (25) years of experience in teaching, conducting research and consultancies. She has held different leadership positions including being the Deputy Rector (Planning Finance and Administration) at the Institute of Social Work since 2013-2022, Acting Rector for one year, Coordinator of Links and Partnerships at the Institute, Chairperson of the Tanzania Association of Social Workers (TASWO) for ten years and East African representative to Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA) for ten years.
Dr Mabeyo has vast experience in coordinating international projects. She was the National Coordinator of a six-member institutional academic partnership that focused on Promotion of Professional Social Work in East Africa (PROSOWO I & II, 2011-2019). She is currently a Country Coordinator of a six-year Norad-Funded (NORHED II) Resilient Project implemented by three East African and one Norwegian university. She is also a Country Coordinator of the Erasmus+ and the Austrian (Afri-Uninet) projects implemented by the Institute in collaboration with the Austrian universities.
Dr Zena has been the Principal Investigator of five (5) national studies. She co-published three (3) books and contributed over six (6) chapters in edited books as well as several journal papers particularly in the areas of social protection for older people, the role of social work in poverty reduction, indigenous and innovative models of social work practice, norms and values preventing Gender-Based Violence, and social protection and vulnerability of informal sector operators in COVID-19 epoch.
Dr Zena also serves as the visiting Lecture to Carinthia University of Applied Social Sciences, Austria and the National Defence College of Tanzania. She is also a chairperson of the Board of the Tanzania Correctional Training Academy and a Board member of the Africa-Austria UniNet.