Maria Wilson is a festival organiser mostly known for being the Executive Director of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). She joined HIFA in 1999 as Corporate Liaison.

Maria Wilson is sister to HIFA founder, Manuel Bagorro.[1]

Wilson has a double honours degree in English and Drama from the University of London, and has qualifications in Retail Management and Supervisory Studies from Harrods of London where she held a middle management post for 3 years. She also also worked in marketing and advertising in London.

Wilson led the Design Co-ordination section at ZimTrade from 1994 – end of 1998, before joining HIFA inn 1999. Maria has been a teacher of piano practical and theory at the Zimbabwe College of Music and has taught English at St. John’s Prep School. In 2003, she assumed the role of Executive Director.


  1. Art imitates violent life at the festival that dares to defy Mugabe, Zimbabwe Situation (republished from 'The Times ( )', Published:5 May 2007, Retrieved:20 April 2014