Albert Whata

Zimbabwe | Mathematics Department

Albert Whata graduated with an Honours degree in Statistics in 1999 from the University of Zimbabwe. He enrolled for a M.Sc. in Statistics part-time in 2000 and was also employed as a full-time Teaching Assistant at the University of Zimbabwe’s Statistics Department and later a Statistics Lecturer for a short period before he joined the Tobacco Industry. Albert graduated with a Master of Science degree in Statistics in 2002. He continued to lecture Statistics on a part-time basis until 2007 at Zimbabwe Open University.

Albert Joined British American Tobacco ( Tobacco Processors Zimbabwe) as a Statistician in 2002 and in 2004 he was promoted to the post of Quality Assurance Manager and was send to Brazil, Kenya and Turkey for further training in Quality Management and Statistical Process Control. One of greatest highlights of his career as a Quality Assurance Manager was when he was appointed to be in charge of BAT Global leaf testing for tobacco samples from a number of countries around the world that process tobacco for BAT, and checking whether they conform to the BAT Quality Specifications. In 2007 Albert was promoted again to the post of Production Manager until 2008 and from 2009 to 2010 he was the company’s Logistics and Warehousing Manager.

Albert joined African Leadership Academy (ALA) as a Statistics Teacher in February 2011 and he later became Residential Life Faculty in September of 2011. Albert really finds pleasure in teaching Statistics at ALA because he can relate to the experience he gained in industry to teaching his students topics such as probability, permutations and combinations. Albert is characterised as an effective, understanding and approachable teacher. His skill in motivating students’ at all academic levels gives “effective teaching”, a whole new meaning. In addition to teaching Mathematics and Statistics, Albert works as a Residential Life Faculty and he enjoys acting in loco parentis to the bright young students at ALA.

In his spare time Albert enjoys watching soccer and playing chess with the students.