Born in 1977 in the semi-urban area of Epworth Mission in Harare in a family of 5, Gillian’s ambition from childhood has always been to change the status quo, to better the family lifestyle. His drive in life is to work hard on everything he does and do it exceptionally well each time.
In 2005, armed with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing management (IMM) and a graduate diploma in marketing (IMM), the vision to uplift the marketing profession became his burning desire hence the birth of Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) which was eventually launched in 2007. Gillian also holds two other master’s degrees, Masters in Business Leadership (BUSE) as well as Masters of Commerce degree in Strategic Marketing (MSU).
In recognition of his efforts Rusike was nominated and awarded as Outstanding Young Person in Zimbabwe by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in 2013. Megafest also honored Gillian Rusike by awarding him the accolade of Visionary of The Year award at the Megafest National Business Awards in 2014. In 2018, Rusike was also accorded an award as number 10 at the Zim’s Top 20 Outstanding Men in Business of the Year
He is the currently the chairperson of the Zimbabwe All Media Research Foundation (ZARF). Rusike also sits on the boards of the following organisations Zimbabwe Business Council for Tourism (ZBCT) and The President’s Fund (PF). Gillian’s passion for knowledge empowerment has gone further by establishing a publishing house, Gillian and Associates Publishers Ltd which has to date published the ground breaking book titled People of Zimbabwe - This is my Story and is working on other publications focusing on Zimbabwe and its endowed richness.
A motivational speaker, corporate trainer and mentor of many professionals. His major areas span from marketing strategy, business development, relationship marketing, brand management, customer service and sales management His interests have diversified into nurturing upcoming entrepreneurs.