Iris University

About Us

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)

In our ambition to please Him, we now express our vision for a venture far beyond anything we have dared to imagine in Him so far. We envision a university radiating the glory of God in a wide variety of spheres in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We know education, both lower and higher, to be an essential element in the development of any society, and here we speak of education founded in the knowledge of God and in the full riches of complete understanding, in order that many may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
(Col. 2:2–3).

Heidi Baker, phD
Executive chairman of the board and Chancellor
Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, King’s College, University of London

Heidi Baker founded Iris Global in 1980 with her husband Rolland, and began ministering together in Asia. In 1995 they were called to the poorest country in the world at the time, Mozambique, and faced an extreme test of the Gospel. They began by pouring out their lives among abandoned street children, and as the Holy Spirit moved miraculously in many ways a revival movement spread to adults, pastors, churches and then throughout the bush all across Mozambique's ten provinces. Heidi is now 'Mama Heidi' to thousands of children, and oversees a broad holistic ministry that includes primary and secondary schools, Bible schools, medical clinics, church-based orphan care, well drilling, outreaches in remote villages, food aid and disaster relief, and a network of thousands of churches. She has BA, MA and PhD degrees, has authored four books, and travels the world as a conference speaker.


Executive President of the Installation Committee
Ph.D. in Development Studies at Zimbabwe Open University; MBA in Business Management at Universidade Católica de Moçambique; BSC in Statistics Henrique Jose Varona

Dr. Alfandega Manjoro is a dynamic and passionate academic leader (Associate Professor) with over twenty years of solid leadership experience in higher education. He went through all the professional categories of the teaching career, from simple lecturer to regional dean (Pro-rector) responsible for three faculties in Mozambique. He published more than twenty articles and supervised doctoral theses for doctoral studies of university students in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He also has extensive experience in people and organizational development; budgeting and budget analysis; financial management, reporting and analysis; business risk management; project management; human resources management and administration; and company asset management. His main goal is to continue providing world-class leadership service that zealously preserves the organization's long-term goals. He likes to motivate, train, and prepare other people in the search for the organization's reason for existence.

Nadia Benbernou
Director of International Relations
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nadia Benbernou left her tech job in late 2019 to help build a university in Mozambique, one of the poorest nations on the planet. She is a former senior software engineer and product manager at Google and has worked extensively on wearables and mobile payments. She has a Ph.D in applied mathematics from MIT. She loves Jesus with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength and is passionate to empower and equip people to walk in the fullness of who they are in Christ.

Adelia Boaventura
Executive Assistant
B.A. in Law, Universidade Católica de Moçambique

Adelia was born in Maputo, Mozambique. She grew up in the children’s center at Iris Ministries and she started working as a children’s educator there. She graduated in law from the Catholic University of Mozambique. She is currently working as an executive assistant at Iris University (Pending Approval).

Iris University with Consultants