Loveness Makonese obtained her PhD from Rhodes University’s Department of Sociology. Her thesis focused on how people cope with HIV and AIDS in marginalized settlements. Loveness holds an MPhil from University of Western Cape in South Africa and a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Sociology from University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. She specializes in development specifically in Livelihoods, Gender and HIV and AIDS and has experience in working in the public and development sector. She has worked for Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe, CARE International, Goal International, and Plan International and is currently working for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.