Leadership

Board of Directors

Mr Jason Kazilimani Jr | KPMG | Chamber President

Jason has been with KPMG since July 1994. He is the senior Partner and Managing Director of KPMG in Zambia, having just returned from a four- year stay in Nigeria where he was a partner in the financial services group of the Audit Services Division of KPMG in Nigeria. He has worked in Southampton (UK), Zambian and Nigerian practices of KPMG. He is a former member of the council for the Zambian Institute of Chartered Accountants and has chaired its technical and educational committees. Jason has extensive experience providing audit and audit related services, IFRS conversion services and anti-money laundering training. He has served a large variety of companies in financial services, banking, manufacturing, telecommunications, and hospitality and not-for-profit sectors in Nigeria, Zambia and the United Kingdom. Jason is also the current president of the Zambia Golf Union.

Mr Mike Musonda |Ernst & Young | Chamber Vice President

Mike is a partner at Ernst & Young Zambia. He has over 18 years of experience in auditing, consulting and regulation of professional audit firms and the audit practice. Mike has vast experience in providing assurance, consulting and related services to a wide range of clients in different sectors. He is a fellow and practicing member of both the Zambia institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in London and South Africa. Mike has strong experience in the application and interpretation of international Finance Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). Prior to joining EY, Mike was a director in Assurance at PWC where he gained a wealth of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds through his secondments to Tanzania, Botswana and the U.S.

Gurinda Pal Singh | Action Auto | Chamber Treasurer

Gurinder Pal Singh is the CFO of Action Auto Limited (Dealers of Isuzu & Chevrolet) in Zambia and DRC. An astute and result oriented professional with 15 years of cross functional expertise in Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Business Development.  With more than twelve years work experience on the African Continent, Mr. Singh was previously associated with Comcraft Group in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

Mr. Singh is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA & ICWAI) and holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree. Gurinder is also a mentor in Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme.

He has been involved in a number of research works involving emerging markets and is multilingual with proficiency in English, French, Kiswahili, Hindi and Punjabi.

Mr Will Pearson |Triskel Africa

Will Pearson is Managing Director at Triskel Africa, a project consulting and investment advisory services firm focused on the Southern Africa region. In addition, Will is the Lusaka-based coordinator for the KfW (Germany’s Development Bank) GET FiT-Zambia program, which is helping to implement Zambia’s renewable energy strategy. Will also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia.

Will was previously a Director in the Global Energy and Natural Resources practice and Head of the London office at Eurasia Group, a leading political risk advisory and consulting firm. Earlier in his career, Will was a Senior Analyst in the Power Market Advisory group at Pace Global, an energy consultancy in the Washington, DC area, and a Portfolio Analyst on the electricity trading desk at Sempra Energy, an integrated energy company in California.

Will has written for The Economist, Financial Times and Foreign Policy, and has frequently featured as a guest speaker or panel moderator at conferences and roundtables across the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition, Will has featured regularly in the media, making television appearances on networks including the BBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and offering commentary in publications including The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Mrs Roseta Chabala |ZAMEFA

Mrs. Roseta Mwape-Chabala has been Managing Director of Metal Fabricators of Zambia (ZAMEFA) since her appointment in March 2013. Prior to this appointment Roseta was the CEO of Zambia Association of Manufacturers from 2009 to 2013. Roseta has a MSc. in International Trade Policy and Trade Law.

Roseta is recognized for playing a leading role in significantly improving the ZAM’s image and multiplying membership and revenues of ZAM through Strategic Planning & Execution, effective market segmentation, through branding, advertising, and re-engineered distribution strategy. In 2013 Roseta was awarded for distinguished contribution to Private sector development.

Roseta has served on various Boards and committees both at National and Regional Level. She is the current President of Zambia Association of Manufacturers; Vice Chairperson of National Council for Construction Board; Board member of Zambia Development Agency; Board member of COMESA Business Council; Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce; Committee member of the Business Regulation Authority Agency; Board Member at Consumer And Unit Trusts (CUTs Zambia).

Mr Raj Karia | Jewel of Africa

Rajnish Sharma is a partner and Managing Director of the Jewel of Africa, a vertically integrated company in the jewellery industry engaged in mining, jewellery manufacture, high end jewellery retail and export.

Mr. Sharma is the President of Lusaka Golf Club and is serving on the boards of Zambia Association of Manufacturers and Emerald Miners Association currently and the Institute of Directors and industry specific task forces in the past. Mr. Sharma studied Mining Engineering at the University of Zambia, has an MBA-Finance from the University of Lincoln and is also on the OPM programme at Harvard Business School.

He is married to Laetitia Sophie Michelle Ebele Sharma and they have a daughter called Uma.

Mr Jonathan Lewis | NAC 2000

Jonathan is the Managing Director of NAC2000 Corporation Ltd. The leading aircraft handling company in Zambia that operates at all four of Zambia’s international airports. NAC2000 is also engaged in cargo warehousing inclusive of cold chain storage, customs clearing at most entry points and freight forwarding activities. Prior to Joining NAC2000, Jonathan rose within JP Morgan Chase in London. He started as a trade support and client service representative, moved to a derivative exchange professional undertaking back office functions for over 50 exchanges and ended as a business analyst and project manager predominantly working on technology and merger related projects for the bank. Jonathan holds a BSc in Biology from Kings College in London. He is current treasurer of Zambia Customs & Forwarding Agents’ Association (ZCFAA). He is married to Michelle Alexandra Lewis and has four daughters, Shanaiya, Cearra, Kasia Jai and Saige.

Mrs Mildred Kaunda | Cutting Edge PR

Mildred is the founder and principal consultant of Lusaka based public relations and communications consultancy, Cutting Edge PR, which was established in 2005.  Mildred focuses on the ongoing sustainability of the agency, creating strategic communication frameworks for clients’ campaigns and oversees all strategic client services. Mildred has worked in various international financial institutions in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia, and has 26 years of experience in media relations, positioning strategies, branding, integrated marketing communication campaigns and financial services. Mildred holds a BA degree Cum Laude (Fisk University) and an MBA degree (Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne). In January 2010, she was elected the Council Member and National Chair for Zambia for the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for a two year term.  Mildred was a member of the interim founding committee that launched the Zambia Public Relations Association (ZAPRA) in May 2010 and was elected a committee member of the same in December 2010 for a two-year term.  She is a Representative Director for ZCCM-IH Plc on the CEC Plc Board, a board member of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Zambia and was the Chairperson of the American Chamber of Commerce Zambia’s Fellowship Committee.

Changwe Kumalinga | FNB

Changwe is currently serving as an Investment Specialist for First National Bank Zambia where he heads the newly established Investment Desk North, based in the Copperbelt province. He is tasked with growing liabilities and investment accounts for the Corporate, Commercial, Business, Agriculture, Premier and Public sector divisions of the bank among other responsibilities.

Mr. Kumalinga previously worked as a Tax Accountant for InfoGroup, a Financial & Investment services intern for AG Edwards & Sons (Now Wells Fargo Financial Services) and as an Accounting & Tax intern at InfoGroup, all while based in Nebraska, USA. He also served as VP of Public Relations for Toastmasters Royal Babblers Club, Board Member at Bellevue Christian Centre and Board Member at Higher Tactics Inc. while in Nebraska, USA. Mr. Kumalinga holds a Masters in Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management, a Master’s in Business Administration from Creighton University in Nebraska, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the fields of Finance and Economics.

Currently, he serves as Executive Board Member at the Kitwe & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is involved in the Business Linkage committee of the AmCham Zambia.

Christopher Jannou | R+ Evolution

New York City native Christopher Jannou is an award-winning producer, author and entrepreneur who has become a leading authority on investing in frontier markets. He produces and hosts the syndicated weekly radio program Business Intelligence: Africa. His group [R]EVOLUTION Capital has invested in a wide range of development sectors including media, hotels/hospitality, affordable housing and commercial real estate throughout Africa and Latin America. In Zambia, the group is currently rolling several hospitality brands including The Urban Hotel, Urban Suites, and Impala Suites.

Additionally, the group is developing numerous community retail centers across Zambia. Anchor tenants include Food Lovers Market and Choppies Supermarkets. Jannou’s first book ‘The Internationalist: Globalization, the Age of Information and the Developing World Ascent’ (release March 2016) is a sweeping look at the next surge of human and economic development as technology, globalization and demographics become defining forces. He regularly speaks at universities including Harvard and Columbia’s SIPA on entrepreneurship. His syndicated radio show Business Intelligence: Africa is in negotiations with several international news networks for international syndication.

Jannou and his young family reside between New York and Africa.

Gareth Vaughan Ex-officio |US Embassy

 

Secretariat

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