Zambia Business Angels Network

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Maggie Shih

Maggie Shih is a technology veteran as a co-founder, executive, advisor, and product leader.
Maggie has over 20 years of software and mobile product development and business management experiences with companies ranging from start-ups to multi billion dollars.

Eve Banda

Eve Banda Nkumbula is a writer, entrepreneur and business coach. She is an HR expert with international experience in and across 15 African Markets and the Middle East.

Dr. George Tembo

George Tembo is a Public Health Physician with 25 years experience working for the United Nations at senior levels in various countries. He was Chief of Regional and Country Support in Geneva overseeing programs in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Jason Truscott

Jason has strong abilities gained during start up and running a construction company with 220 permanent employees and 2350 sub contractors from 2008 to 2017. He is currently involved in Honey export, Reforestation initiatives, Community projects, Various farming projects, long term rental units and Paycode Zambia.

Chipepo Melu

Chipepo Melu is the Chief Executive of PEBBLESTONE Ltd, a Construction and Real Estate development company.

Byron Truscott

Byron Truscott is head of Research and Development at one of the largest and most successful Chemical Manufacturers in Austria, responsible for supplying one third of the world’s Vanadium.

Hesther Levy

Hesther is a Business Development professional with over 20 years’ experience working in both the European and African contexts, with a leaning towards organisations that make a developmental impact through win-win private/public sector partnerships.

Saasa Shamambo

Saasa W Shamambo is an Engineer by training and an entrepreneur by choice having a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Project Management. He has effectively been in industry for the past twenty-one (21) years with a bias mainly towards information technology, project management and professional services provision for various institutions in Zambia and the sub-region.

Michael Kroupnik

Michael is the Director of a group family-owned businesses. These are Micmar, a hardware and building materials retailer, KroupWood, a leading manufacturer of hardwood products and KroupMining & Processing, a mini copper processing plant in Solwezi, NW Province.

Syreeta Mlongoti Chitengi

A commercially strong leader, with 17 years’ experience in private corporate business, of which 13 years has been in Senior management across Shipping and Logistics, Manufacturing and FMCG, passionate not only about achieving organisational results but developing and adding value to people. Syreeta is experienced with overall P & L business responsibility, administration, sales, marketing, financial management,strategy Planning and execution, and operational experience.

Dr. Irene Banda

Irene Banda is a social entrepreneur, a strategist and a financial services expert with a passion for transformative solutions, and a bias toward poverty reduction solutions. She is the founder of TUCUZA Associates Limited running a social agric business in North-Western Province, along with an out-grower scheme.

Mr. Jito Kayumba

Jito Kayumba is a partner at Kukula Capital, Zambia’s pioneering Private Equity and Venture Capital firm. The company’s impact investments have generated over 1,200 jobs and have developed the market for alternative capital in Zambia.

Dr. Doreen Mulenga

Doreen retired from UNICEF in August 2020 having served as UNICEF Representative in Botswana and Uganda; UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and Northern Africa; having managed in collaboration with the Director and two other Deputy Directors over $3.4 billion annually at the UNICEF supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark as Deputy Director Programmes. She is part of the UK Lumos trustee board.

Siddartha Parmar

A serial entrepreneur, co-founder and coach for various Zambian SMEs. He has strong technological skills and has directed nationwide digital marketing campaigns in Zambia. He co-founded an online p2p marketplace, which has over 600,000 active users in Zambia.

Michael Chanda

Michael Chanda (CEO, Coop Group - a National Association of Savings and Credit Union Company) A Zambian native who was raised and educated in various countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Dr. Michael Gondwe

Dr. Michael Gondwe served as Governor of the Bank of Zambia following his appointment on December 12, 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the President and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (the PTA Bank).

Hankie Malawo

An expert in enterprise architecture, data systems and services, and informatics. A reliable SME in Information Technology, results-oriented, and hands-on information systems manager. Poses a proven record of data modeling, mapping, transformation, and migration. Other skills include designing data stores and securing information systems.

Nitesh Patel

Nitesh Patel works as a Group Chief Executive Officer at Astro Holdings, which is a Business Services company with an estimated 268 employees; They are part of the Executive team within the C-Suite Department and their management level is C-Level. Nitesh is currently based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Kas Shirley

Kas Shirley is the Founder of Amano Capital and started his career at the forefront of several SME investments in Zambia ranging from agriculture to I.T. He gained experience as a financial analyst in Zambia where he specifically focused on structuring successful deals in corporate finance and private equity for Zambia's leading investment bank, Pangaea Securities. He furthered his career in the UK, where he worked for a boutique consultancy specialising in business management for some of the FTSE 100s top performing organisations across several sectors. His specialities are in strategic management, corporate finance, financial advisory services and entrepreneurship.

James Blewett

James Blewett is CEO of Prospero, originally a Chartered Management Accountant, with an MA from the University of Aberdeen, James moved from working in industry to corporate finance – managing privatisation and investment transactions in Central and Eastern Europe – before moving into Economic Development. He has worked on private sector development and market systems development programmes in Africa and Asia for more than 20 years, helping to secure investment and facilitate growth for numerous businesses in developing countries. James has advised on transactions with a cumulative value of more than US$1bn and is an active investor himself – participating in a private equity fund that specializes in impact investment in frontier markets.

Chapita Mbuzi

Chapita Mbuzi is a seasoned banker with more than 15 years work experience in transactional banking and global markets sales. He holds a degree in agriculture majoring in economics and is currently pursuing his MBA in Finance. He is currently based in Lusaka, Zambia.