Keynote Speakers

Hon. Christopher Bwalya Yaluma, MP
Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industry

Kayula Siame
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industry

Cuthbert Malindi
EIAH Capital

Cuthbert Malindi is a continental award-winning entrepreneur as well as experienced private equity and venture capital practitioner having been involved in the setting up and management of funds in various countries in Southern Africa. He has a strong track record of success of over 19 years, across the full spectrum of PE/VC from origination to exits. Cuthbert is a chartered accountant (FCCA & ICAEW) and Chartered Financial Analyst (ASIP/CFA), having trained and worked for KPMG, Leeds and London office and Deloitte, Johannesburg. He holds a B.Eng. (Hons), in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. Mr. Malindi is passionate about SMEs and is the founder and co-owner of PostDotNet in its current form as well as 3@1 Zambia. He has held non-executive director positions in various companies as well as investment committees of Funds in Southern and East Africa over a period of 18 years, covering a diverse range of industries.


Dr. E. D. Wala Chabala
Economic Policy & Strategy Consultant
Musangu Foundation

Dr. E. D. Wala Chabala counts among his Alma Mata prestigious and top global institutions such as Cambridge University, McKinsey & Company and Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM). These accolades are a reflection of Dr. Chabala's drive and tenacity to achieve and to deliver superior results. Dr. Chabala joined the Musangu Foundation in 2016 and has been pivotal to the development of the Musangu Programmes, including ICA: Zambia.

Matongo Matamwandi
Director - Investment
Zambia Development Agency (ZDA)

Matongo is currently Director – Investments at Zambia Development Agency (ZDA). He has more than 15 years senior management experience spanning across investment promotion and facilitation, sales and marketing, business development and corporate strategy in Sugar, Tourism, Beverage manufacturing, and Training and Education services industries. In his private time, he is a Coach and Trainer and a Part time lecturer at University of Lusaka and a Co- Founder of Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of both Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM) and Chartered Institute Marketing – UK (CIM), and a member of Institute of Directors. He is a PHD finalist and a holder of an MBA, Msc in Marketing, BA in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and leadership. He is passionate about community and leadership.

Francis Mbewe
Founder & CEO
Kukula Fund

A serial start-up founder, Francis works as CEO at Kukula Fund, a Social Investment firm that build and invest in high growth scalable social enterprises working to empower women and girls in remote communities of Zambia. With investment focus in Agriculture, Education, Health, Financial Inclusion and Energy, Francis is passionate and committed to empower 100,000 women in Zambia by 2035. Francis was a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2017 and this year, he has been selected as 1 of the Obama Foundation's 200 emerging Leaders: Africa!

Njavwa Mutambo

Njavwa is the Chief Executive Office of Musanga, a company that is using real time data to reduce the cost of transportation for users and provide them better insights into their operations. Njavwa is an operator and brings the discipline of getting things done effectively into Musanga. Additionally, Njavwa has served as Director to Startup Junction since August 2014 where they bring together African start-up communities to co-create, co-work and co-succeed.

Peter Ndichu
Market Engagement Manager,Ecosystem Accelerator

Peter is a Market Engagement Manager for the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator based out of Nairobi, Kenya. He supports the Innovation Fund in portfolio management, startup pipeline development including fund outreach to stakeholders, due diligence planning and execution for potential portfolio companies, and business support and mentorship to current portfolio startups. In addition, Peter supports mobile operators in emerging markets to develop start-up friendly strategies while promoting robust partnership between startups and mobile operators.

Since 2013, Peter has supported the Mobile for Development team at GSMA in various roles at the intersection of mobile technology and entrepreneurship across emerging markets. Prior to joining Mobile for Development Peter was a consultant at CGAP, an independent entity housed at World Bank, where he developed business intelligence tools leveraging customer, market and financial data for PAYG energy companies.

Rosanne Whalley
AHL Venture Partners

Based in Nairobi, Rosanne structures investments in East and Southern Africa, and provides post-investment portfolio support. She has broad impact investing experience across Africa, in the agriculture, FMCG and energy access sectors. She currently lead’s AHL’s investments in Zambia, sitting on the Board of Rent to Own and Java Foods. Prior to joining AHL, Rosanne worked for InfraCo Africa, where she focused on investing in distributed solar PV mini-grids in Zambia. Before that, she joined AgDevCo as its second employee, helping to build AgDevCo into a leading pan-African agri-investor. Her role culminated in three years in Mozambique as Country Manager, sitting on the board of numerous agricultural companies, structuring deals and overseeing 22 investments across multiple value chains. Rosanne has degrees from the University of York (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc).

Rodney Carew
Principal & Head of OCA Zambia
Open Capital Advisors (OCA)

Rodney is a Principal at Open Capital Advisors, a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. As a Principal, Rodney has overseen engagements for a range of businesses, investors, and development partners spanning numerous sectors, including healthcare, education, financial services, and agriculture across East, West, and Southern Africa. As Head of OCA Zambia, Rodney leads OCA’s Southern Africa work and is responsible for managing firm operations and strategy. Prior to Open Capital, Rodney worked for Wipro Limited, a global IT, consulting, and outsourcing firm. Rodney holds a B.A. in Political Science & International Studies from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Management from Wake Forest University.

Sven Haefner
30Thirty Capital

Sven has managed several successful investment banking businesses in Zurich, London and Hong Kong prior to the establishment of his financial advisory business in Lusaka, Zambia. Added to his business building and financial advisory expertise he is an expert in investment solutions, structured finance, equities and derivatives, managing tens of billions of dollars in assets. Sven holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Zurich.

Mafipe Chunga
Senior Manager Deal Advisory

Mafipe M. Chunga is a Senior Manager at KPMG Zambia with a focus on investment promotion, Mergers and Acquisitions. He holds Bachelors’ degrees in Law and Accounting and is a Member of both the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of the UK. A former Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking at Citibank, his experience covers deal origination, commercial due diligences, financial due diligences, valuations, reporting accountants’ reports for listings and other transactional support.

As a speaker or moderator his experience includes conferences and events for Stanbic Bank, the Zambia’s National Business Conference (supported by UKAID), AHK (Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and the 2017 World Export Development Forum hosted by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Tue Andersen
Managing Partner
Kukula Capital

Tue Andersen is co-founder of Kukula Capital, the leading private equity and venture capital firm in Zambia, and has been leading the company since its establishment. Previously he worked as an analyst in Lundbeckfonden, a large Danish institutional investor. Within Kukula Capital, Tue is mainly focused on Kukula Fund I, a Zambian domiciled venture fund founded in 2009 that has made six investments in the country, and corporate finance advisory. He holds a MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Harvard University, USA, specialized in emerging market investments.

Brad Magrath
Co-Founder & CEO Zoona Zambia
Zoona Transactions

Brad Magrath, along with his brother Brett, co-founded Zoona in 2009. As the Chief Operations Officer at Zoona, Brad ensures that Zoona's daily business activities are aligned with their Wildly Important Goals, and that they are doing everything they can to help communities thrive. Brad is passionate about entrepreneurship and has established multiple profitable businesses in both Zambia and Malawi. Brad has over fifteen years of Senior Management experience as Managing Director of Plascon, Commercial Director of what is now MTN, and General Manager of Carpe Diem. Brad established and chaired the Zambian South African Business Association, as well as the Zambian Payment Association. He is also an active member of The National Financial Sector Development Committee in Zambia through which he engages with the private sector, banks and government to establish payment and banking policy.

Charity Lumpa
Board Chairperson
Zanaco Plc

Ms. Lumpa, an accomplished executive leader has been the Managing Director of the Zambia National Tourism Board, Ecobank Zambia Limited and Airtel Networks Zambia Plc. Key achievements include setting up Ecobank Zambia Limited as a greenfield bank in 2008. She’s the current Board Chairperson of Zanaco Plc, immediate past Chairperson of SOS Children’s Villages Zambia, the Vice Chairperson of St. Ignatius College of the Society of Jesus, a Director on Air Namibia Zambia (chairs Audit & Risk Committee) and the Women’s Bank Zambia Limited project boards. She is also a panellist on the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund. Advocating gender diversity and corporate governance, she speaks on leadership, board effectiveness, youth and female leadership issues, and conducts executive management training. She is also the current Matron of the University of Zambia Business and Economics Association.

Madalo Minofu
Resident Representative - Zambia & Malawi
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Madalo has over 20 years of experience in the development and project finance arena at various levels in the Southern Africa region. Madalo also previously worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where she was responsible for the development of infrastructure projects from early stage to implementation, as part of DBSA’s Project Development Advisory Team. In this capacity, she was a key member of the South African Government team (in a ring-fenced capacity) that worked on the design of procurement documentation for South Africa’s IPP programmes successfully delivering the first three phases of the Renewable Energy IPP Programme. Madalo has a strong understanding of the Southern African investment space and key requirements of the private sector. Prior to DBSA, Madalo was a Business Development Manager within Pfizer South Africa’s Corporate Finance team, and prior to that, had worked on several project and corporate finance transactions in Malawi. She is a regular contributor to investment fora in the energy and infrastructure space and has a passion for renewable energy and the difference it can make in increasing the pace of development in Africa.

Lyndsey Vandament
Investment Director - Social Venture Fund
Global Partnerships

Lyndsey is based in Nairobi where she is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and executing investments into early-stage African businesses as well as providing post-investment support to SVF’s portfolio companies. Lyndsey has over seven years of work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) supporting private companies, investors and development organizations to deploy capital and strengthen operations. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Lyndsey was a Principal at Open Capital Advisors (OCA) in Nairobi where she supported early stage firms to refine their business models, develop robust growth strategies and raise expansion capital. Prior to OCA, she spent over four years with the Clinton Global Health Initiative (CHAI) designing and implementing public health initiatives in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa.

Lombe Muzala Batunda
Portfolio & ESG Manager
Kukula Capital

Lombe Muzala is a Portfolio and ESG Manager of Kukula Capital, the leading private equity and venture capital firm in Zambia. Previously she held analyst roles at Citibank and the Ministry of Finance in the budgets office. Lombe is mainly focused on providing operational support to Kukula Fund I portfolio companies and is the project lead for the social impact project which is being run in conjunction with the Danish institute for Human rights and is funded by Danida. She holds a BA in Economics from University of Zambia.

Emma Parker
Operations Director
Musangu Foundation

The Musangu Foundation was established in 2015 to create and scale new solutions to Zambian development challenges through the application of business thinking to major social and environmental issues. The Musangu Foundation is working to catalyse the development, scalability and sustainability of local market-based solutions to address Zambian development challenges.

James Blewett
Team Leader
Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ)

After starting his career in accountancy and corporate finance, James moved into international economic development via enterprise restructuring and privatisation assignments in Central and Eastern Europe during the 1990's. Working in Asia and Africa over the last 20 years, James has built experience in private sector development, business enabling environment reform, value chain and market systems development, and most recently in frontier market impact investment and investment incentive mechanisms. He has designed and implemented a number of challenge funds and he has managed programmes on behalf of several bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. Since 2017, he has been the Team Leader of the Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ) – financed by the UK DFID. James is driven by a strong conviction that facilitating and incentivising private sector investment in innovative products, services and business models is essential to achieving sustainable change and delivering inclusive economic growth.

Wyson Lungu
Onyx Connect Zambia Ltd

Wyson is an accomplished Entrepreneur & SME Leader, offering an unmatched history of successful business leadership in all aspects of business management and development both as a global leader and local entrepreneur in Zambia. Wyson's smile lights up a room, and his positive energy and optimistic attitude is contagious to his associates and a joy to his customers. "Wyson is Mr. Swagger. His positive attitude, in conjunction with his drive to be the Best, makes him a role model for us all. His passion for business and for his customers makes everyone want to work with him. Swagger emanates from him, in everything he says and does". Wyson studied International Business in the heart of Washington DC, at Strayer University in the USA.

Eustace Ngoma
Chibesakunda & Company

Eustace is the Head of Energy and Taxation in the Corporate Advisory Department of Chibesakunda & Co. He holds a bachelor of laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Harvard University with a specialisation in taxation law. He is an advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia with over five years of post-qualification experience. Eustace has extensive legal advisory and transactional work experience in areas including power projects, capital markets, taxation, project financing and business acquisitions. He also has experience in litigating commercial and employment matters before the courts of Zambia.

Wendy Tyrrell
Executive Director
Development Partner Institute (DPI)

Wendy Tyrrell is Executive Director of the Development Partner Institute. The DPI is working in resource-rich communities, countries, and regions, to promote the vision of miners becoming innovative and proactive development partners over the long term - delivering on economic, environmental, and social shared purpose. Working within sustainability for 25+ years, Wendy has held senior roles in BHP and Orica and led a niche consulting firm that works internationally. Wendy is a currently a Director of AVI, an international development company. She has held prior Board roles including at Transparency International Australia and the global Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative. Wendy has developed her passion working across different geographical and cultural contexts, seeing first-hand that bringing diverse stakeholders together can spark new ideas and ways of thinking and working, to positively contribute to the sustainable development of countries and regions.

Simon Purkiss
Consolidated Nickel Mines (CNM)

Simon Purkiss is a metallurgical engineer with experience in the development of projects in South Africa, production in base metals and PGM’s and the development and sale of new metallurgical processes in the resource industry. He was a founder and Managing Director of European Nickel PLC, which developed to full bankable levels, the heap leaching of nickel laterites. Prior to his time with ENK, he worked in Russia and South Africa where he was Business Development manager for BHP Billiton and marketed the Billiton bacterial leaching processes.

Jon White

Jon White is the co-founder and CEO of ImpactAgri. He is an experienced CEO having managed multinational companies with operations in Africa, Europe and USA. The last 15 years he has focused on agricultural and landscape solutions to increase yields, reduce energy and water consumption whilst minimising runoff and pollution. He founded ImpactAgri in 2014, which develops large-scale, sustainable and inclusive agribusinesses across Africa. ImpactAgri’s pipeline includes over 30 agribusinesses representing in excess of US$300m of agribusiness development. Jon’s corporate background includes VP of EMEA at Netafim, the world’s leading precision irrigation company.

Michael Kabungo
Town Services Superintendent
Kalumbila Town Development Corporation - First Quantum Minerals Limited

Michael, an Urban and Regional Planner and Environmental Management specialist, has a 15 years combined experience in the Municipalities of Lusaka, Kabwe and Choma rising to Director of Planning in the three Municipalities before moving into the private sector as an Urban Planning and Environmental Management Consultant. In 2015 Michael Joined Kalumbila Town Development Corporation on a green field project developing the new Kalumbila Town. Michael has worked on a number of local and international urban planning and environmental management projects especially in Environmental Impact Assessment and Waste Management. He was the first head of the Lusaka Waste Management Unit and City Profiler for Lusaka in the UN Habitat Publication “Solid Waste in the World’s Cities”- the third in the UN-Habitat’s “In the World Cities” series. He is the Immediate Past President of the Zambia Institute of Planners.

Nambula Kachumi
Executive Director

Nambula Kachumi is Executive Director at WECREATE. A Private Enterprise Development Professional with over 12 years’ experience specialising in entrepreneurship ecosystem support and inclusive development, Nambula has actively been involved in delivering social impact interventions designed to accelerate women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and innovation. Through various program and policy work, she has in the past contributed to the design and roll-out of a number of gender-integrated micro enterprise and business development initiatives. Her previous engagement with projects such as the EU’s Mining Sector Diversification Program (MSDP) and the DFID supported Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program has fed her passion and interest in women’s entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainable development. Nambula has played a leading role within the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem and across the region in influencing policy around financial inclusion, business leadership, private enterprise development and women’s participation and access to quality education and integrated life skills.

Steve Beel
Head of Economic Growth
DFID Zambia

Steve Beel heads the Economic Growth team in Zambia at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This includes overseeing the PEP Zambia programme and extensive engagement in the Zambian energy sector through technical assistance, innovation support and direct funding support to companies. Previously he was a Commercial Director at the UK energy regulator Ofgem, where his responsibilities included attracting new investment into the UK electricity transmission sector and enhancing innovation. He has also worked for CK Hutchison, the Hong Kong based infrastructure investor, and PwC. He has an MBA from Oxford.

Simunza Muyangana
Director - Entrepreneurship

Simunza Muyangana leads entrepreneur support at BongoHive, who provide a range of startup and tech programmes, workshops and events all focused on making Zambia Africa’s next hotbed of innovation. BongoHive’s entrepreneur support programs includes a pre-accelerator boot camp, a sector agnostic accelerator and short focused masterclasses. In 2016 and 2017 BongoHive worked with more than 470 startups and SMEs. Beginning in 2019 BongoHive would like to also further support the growth of early stage ventures through a seed capital impact fund targeted at Southern African startups.

Coillard Hamusimbi
Senior Consultant - Food & Agriculture
Kudu Consulting

Perry Mapani
Director General
Zambia Development Agency (ZDA)

Mr. Perry Mapani is the current Director General of the Zambia Development Agency and he took up office on 15th January 2018. The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) is responsible for promoting Zambia’s economic growth and development. The Agency also has the challenge to develop an internationally competitive Zambian economy through innovations that promote high skills, enterprise development, productive investment and increased trade. Mr. Mapani has wide experience spanning over 20 years. He spent 7 years in consulting with ‘Big Four’ audit and consulting firms. He has worked in a large national investment entity, ZCCM Investment Holdings Plc as Chief Financial Officer. His last appointment prior to joining ZDA was Country Manager, Afgri Zambia Limited. Perry holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Accounting and Finance as well as an MBA. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well as being a fellow with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Dr. Benjamin Warr
BetterWorld Energy Ltd

Benjamin Warr is leading academic in ecological economics, an environmental soil scientist, sustainability analyst and strategist. He is founder and CEO of BetterWorld Energy (Zambia) and Co-founder of Aggrigator (USA), Executive in Residence at INSEAD Business School, Social Innovation Centre (France) and Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University Department of Soil Science (South Africa). His research focuses on the biophysical dimensions of socio-economic activity to inform the development of government policy and sustainable business strategy. He has worked in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe as a researcher and consultant providing expertise to companies, research institutions and governments on sustainable development and energy strategies, environmental and social impact assessment, ecosystem service and natural resource valuation and management and eco-positive business models and markets.

Dr Warr has researched and published on renewable energy policies and strategies, ecological economics and sustainable business, soil science, ecological socio-economics for the past 17 years in the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources and subsequently the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD Business School, Paris, France. Benjamin has used the insights from this research to provide strategic advice on the linkages between natural resources, growth, productivity, climate change and the environment. He is author of many publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, case studies and co-author of "The Economic Growth Engine: How energy and work drive material prosperity", with Professor Robert Ayres.

Carl Jensen
Good Nature Agro

Carl hails from a northern Idaho wheat farm, working the land runs through his veins. Keen to see the world by varying unconventional means, including travelling the length of South America by motorbike, Carl first put passion in to practice working with subsistence farmers in Cambodia. Gaining his Masters in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis, he focused on soil management and entrepreneurship. An International Development Design Summit brought him and his harmonica to Zambia and we’ve been enjoying his dulcet tones ever since!

Paul Wang
Founding Partner

Paul Wang is a Founding Partner at IDinsight, based in Lusaka, Zambia. Paul provides significant evaluation, consulting and management expertise and has overseen IDinsight projects in health, sanitation, agriculture, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and Senior Evaluation Consultant at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), with other prior experience at TechnoServe, TAMTAM – Together Against Malaria, and the World Bank. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School.

James Wilkinson
Country Director - Zambia
Challenges Group

James is Country Director for Zambia at Challenges Group, an organisation providing advisory and implementation services to enable Small-Medium Enterprise development in Africa. He is responsible for overall project delivery, strategy, business development and operations management for the Zambia team. This year, Challenges have designed and delivered interventions in financial services, agriculture, real estate and mining sectors. This has included supporting the development of a new life insurance product proposition for small businesses. James comes from a corporate background at IBM UK, with a focus on project management and solution design for digital transformation programmes in the retail banking sector.

Sandra Uwera
COMESA Business Council (CBC)

Ms. Sandra Uwera brings over 18 years of experience in private sector development at a national and regional level. She is the Chief Executive of the COMESA Business Council. Ms. Uwera has previously worked in the banking sector, the communications industry in Rwanda and within the business services organizations in the region. She is a Rwandan citizen, currently living as a working resident in Lusaka, Zambia. Ms. Uwera has a recognized success in institutional establishment and sustainability, having managed combined annual fund portfolio of up to 2M US$ worth of partnership and private sector funds. Under her leadership the CBC has grown to be recognized as one of the leading and most effective Business Member Organizations in Africa. Under her management, CBC has successfully managed development and private sector partnerships with member companies, and partners- Investment Climate facility for Africa (ICF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), African Development Bank (AfDB), Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) among others.