Leya Mtonga Ngoma - Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer

Leya commands just over 15 years of experience in law practice cutting across different service industries such as aviation, compensation and education. Over the years, she has practiced law both in private as well as public institutions.

Admitted to practice as an Advocate in Zambia in November 1997, Leya launched her legal career in the airline industry where she practiced labour, contract aviation and international law as Corporate Legal Counsel for Aero Zambia Limited for about two years.

She then later worked for the Legal Resources Foundation as an Advocate for about six months before joining a private law firm, Shamwana and Company, where she practiced as an Advocate for five years.

Later, Leya joined corporate practice in 2006 and joined the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board as Legal Officer.  After that, she joined Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) as Assistant Legal Counsel.

Before joining Zamtel, she worked as Legal Counsel for the University of Zambia where she rendered legal advice to the University of Zambia Council and served as Company Secretary for Zamnet Communication Systems Limited, a subsidiary of the University of Zambia. Leya is a member of the Law Association of Zambia.

Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe - Zamtel CEO

Dr. Mwanakatwe brings to Zamtel over 30 years of telecommunication engineering experience in Zambia and Europe.

Dr. Mwanakatwe holds a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Electronics (Middlesex Polytechnic, UK), MSc. Telecommunications Systems (Essex University, UK) and PhD. Satellite Communications (Surrey University, UK).

He is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Zambia, a fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering & Technology and a UK Chartered Engineer. Dr. Mwanakatwe has published numerous technical articles in various international colloquia, conference proceedings and learned journals.

Dr. Mwanakatwe has worked for numerous companies including; ZCCM (Power Division), European Space Agency, Multipoint Communications (UK) and Alcatel Telspace (France). Dr. Mwanakatwe was a Beit Trust Fellow during his doctoral studies done in conjunction with the European Space Agency on the experimental Olympus Satellite communications payload.

Dr. Mwanakatwe was intimately involved in the initial setup and operations of Celtel Zambia, the first GSM mobile operator, where he served as Technical Director for the first seven years of operations.

Evans Muhanga - Chief Marketing Officer

Evans brings with him 15 years of experience in marketing and commercial activities in the FMCG, tourism and telecommunication industries. He spent five years in mobile telecommunication where he rose to the position of Marketing Director at Celtel/Zain Zambia, now Airtel and was later posted to Sierra Leone in the same capacity.

Prior to joining Zain, Evans worked for the British American Tobacco as Brand Marketing and Research Manager where he was responsible for Brand Positioning and Portfolio Management Strategy. His immediate past position was Marketing Director with the Tourism Board of Zambia where he supervised the rebranding of the board from "Zambia The Real Africa" to "Zambia Let's Explore" and launched it successfully  both in the Zambian and International markets to boost domestic and international tourist numbers in the country.

At Zamtel, he is tasked with driving the strategic direction of the marketing function including Customer Service, Products and Value Added Services, Branding, Advertisement, Research, Marketing Communications, Public relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Customers Acquisition, Usage (Revenue) and Retention.

Evans Muhanga is a Fellow of Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM) and a Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK. He holds Post Graduate Diploma (Business Administration) from the Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University, Professional Diploma in Marketing (DipM -CIM UK) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Productions and Operations Management from Copperbelt University Business School. He is the current Vice President of Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM).

Albert Salima - Chief Information Services Officer

Albert brings to Zamtel more than 20 years of  experience in IT service delivery spanning different industries ranging from Railways (Zambia Railways) Manufacturing (Dunlop), Banking (CitiBank Zambia) and Telecoms (Zain/Airtel).

His 12 years in telecoms at Zain/Airtel, spurred him to the peak as IT Director with Airtel Malawi between 2009 and 2011 where he is credited with transforming the IT and Data Centre relating to processes, procedures, Data safes and Data Centre capacity upgrade.

Albert has been involved in the successful swap of two billing systems from Service Nodes (Intervoice) to Ericsson IN, BSCS (post Paid) to Homisco Vanx. He holds a Bachelors Degree (Mathematics - University of Zambia), and Post Graduate Diploma (Business Administration) from the Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University.

Sydney Mupeta - Chief Technical Officer

Sydney is a seasoned Engineer and technology leader. He brings to Zamtel 12 years experience in planning, designing, operating and modernizing of Telecommunication networks in Central and East Africa. At Zamtel, he is tasked with driving the Technology Strategy of Zamtel that will see network modernization to enhance quality and availability of services.

Sydney holds a Master's Degree in Communication Engineering (University of Manchester, UK) and Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Telecommunication (University of Zambia).

Sydney worked for Ericsson East Africa as Head of Design & Planning and for Celtel as Senior Planning Engineer. At Ericsson, Sydney setup the Design and Planning Organisation which was responsible for technology roadmap and migration for Airtel networks in the region. While at Celtel, Sydney was involved in the establishment of the Planning Section and planned the network which saw growth from a few hundreds of thousand subscribers to over two million subscribers.

Sydney's dynamic personality enabled him to successfully handle Sales. While at Ericsson, Sydney brought to the Company tens of millions of dollars in revenue when he was a Senior Customer Solution Sales Manager.

Sydney is the current chairman of the National Task Force on Digital Migration of Television for the Republic of Zambia.

Mooka Akapelwa Silumbu - Chief Human Resources & Administration Officer

Mooka brings to Zamtel nineteen (19) years of Human Resources experience ranging from HR internal consultancy, administration of human resources policies and procedures to strategic level of heading the Human resources function.

He has previously worked in different private and public firms including Zambia Sugar Zambia Wild Life Authority, NAPSA and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia.

Over years, Mooka has developed unique competencies that underlie increased productivity in the use of human capital. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in designing, implementing and maintaining company job evaluation instruments, Organization structures and output based performance management systems.
He is a qualified competency based interviewer through HAY/MCBER professional training.

Mooka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) - ESAMI - Arusha Tanzania, Bsc - Production Management with the Copperbelt University of Zambia as well as a Management Services Diploma with the Institute of Management Services (IMS) - UK. He is a member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management (ZIHRM) and a Corporate Member of the Institute Of Management Services - UK.

Lho-zindaaba Sakala - Chief Sales and Distributions Officer

Lho Zindaaba brings to Zamtel over 16 years of work experience in Senior Management positions and exposure to both local and international organizations. She has experience working with private, government and non government organisations.

Lho Zindaaba is tasked with directing Zamtel's sales and distribution strategies covering the retail footprint, SMEs, Corporate, Business Solutions, consumer and international roaming agreements.

She is a graduate of the University of Lincoln with a Masters of Business Administration degree with a dissertation in finance UK.
In addition to her key academic achievements, Lho-zindaaba is a  2003 nominee of the WHO IS WHO Historical Society for being a great contributor of business economies.  This listing profiles great Economists, Presidents and Leaders who have impacted their economies in various ways.

Lho-zindaaba is also a graduate of the University of Zambia with Bachelors of Arts Degree in the fields of Industrial Psychology with Economics.
She has previously worked as Country Director for Allied Mobile (Nokia International) as well as Commercial Services Director with the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company. Her earlier exposure to telecommunication was at Telecel Zambia, now MTN where she worked as Head of Marketing and Commercial Business.
In her personal life, Lho-zindaaba is a born again Christian.

Nchimunya Hachandi - Chief Financial Officer

Nchimunya Hachandi joined Zamtel as Chief Financial Officer from Airtel Sierra Leone where he served in the capacity of Finance Director for 2 years. He has nearly 15 years of experience in business advisory services, financial operations and management in the telecommunications and audit sector, including eight years at Airtel (former Zain and Celtel), which he joined in 2003.

During his time at Airtel Zambia, he held various senior positions, including manger of finance, business planning and also responsible for the investor relations and was instrumental in the financial management of the most extensive communications network that Airtel undertook between 2004 to 2007.

Prior to joining Airtel, Nchimunya was a senior Associate of the Assurance and Business Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a lead member of various audit and accountancy assignments with major focus on telecommunication companies.

Nchimunya has served on the board of Airtel Money Trustees Sierra Leone as well as Airtel Towers Sierra Leone. Nchimunya earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Copperbelt University and is a fellow of the ACCA and ZICA. He holds a postgraduate diploma of finance from Manchester Business School, UK. Nchimunya also holds a practice license as a certified public accountant.