Ambassador Schultz Congratulates 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows

LUSAKA —The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia is pleased to announce that 41 Zambian young leaders have been selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.

The U.S. Young African Leaders Initiative is a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  President Obama created this initiative in 2010 recognizing the critical role that young Africans play in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  This year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship program doubled its numbers, with 1,000 outstanding young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa being selected to hone their skills at U.S. higher education institutions.

Speaking at the U.S. Embassy during a pre-departure orientation for the Zambian Fellows, United States Ambassador Eric Schultz said, “These 41 young Zambian leaders were selected through a highly competitive application process.  The participants, 21 female and 20 male, were selected from more than 1,000 Zambian applicants that reflect the diversity of the country.  Half of the selected participants are from areas outside of Lusaka.”

The 41 Zambian young leaders will be among 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows traveling from across Africa to the United States next month for a six-week program of leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring.  The program is designed to explore and develop skills that young people need to better serve their communities.  Each Fellow will be placed at a U.S. university to concentrate on one of three tracks:  business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.  Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with local and U.S. government, civic, and business leaders.

Upon their return to Zambia, the Fellows will use the knowledge and experiences acquired in the United States to initiate projects that can have a tremendously positive impact on Zambian society.

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Attachment:  List of 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows

Zambia’s 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows

Landilani Banda, Human Rights Clinic – UNZA
Vwangaji Bowa, Neon & General Signs
Danny Chibinda, Ministry of Local Government & Housing
Cooper Chiboomba, Ministry of Local Government & Housing
Nang’amba Chintu, ZANIS
Daliso Chitundu, AgriComm Limited
Sombo Chunda, Diakonia Sweden
Arthur Kavunga Daka, Vatu Limited
Edna Kabala, Copperbelt University
Kelly Kapianga, Corpus Legal Practitioners
Chapwa Kasoma, DuPont Pioneer Zambia
Shem Kazhimaika, Mpoka Farmers Group
Lisa Kwaleyela, Copperbelt University
Daniel Libati, Abha Patel & Associates
Lumbiwe Limbikani, iSchool Zambia
Buumba Malambo, Buumbalambo Foundation for Children in Need
Faith Masupa, Mother of Millions Foundation
Nalituba Mudenda, Copperbelt University
Beauty Mulenga, Zambia Institute of Business Studies
Georgina Mumba, Ministry of Tourism & Arts
Musonda Musonda, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
Kakoma Mutenda, Quantum Oils & Bio Energy
Chilweza Muzongwe, Ministry of Community Development
Mwaja Mwale, Ministry of Com Development & Social Welfare
Auxiria Mwanza, Youth 2 Youth Zambia
Mwiba Mwenda, Zambia Human Rights Commission
Peter Nawa
Abigail Nedziwe, Ministry of Gender and Child Development
Paul Nkumbula, Kafita Cooperative Society
Evans Nsooka, World Vision
Sulani Nyimbili, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
Paul Shalala, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
Namakau Simasiku, Bank of Zambia
Thomas Simbule, Mufulira Municipal Council
Mwanga Simwanda, Ministry of Health
Namakau Siyanga, Nas Industries
Busiku Sulwe, Mabiza Resources Limited
Chipokosa Tepula, Anti-Corruption Commission
Situmbeko Wambulawae, Cure International
Elijah Zgambo, Street Culture Events and Arts
Kabwe Musonda, African Union