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May 17, 2023

LUSAKA – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that 25 Zambian leaders have been selected to participate in the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Launched in 2014 by the U.S. government, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to investing in the future of Africa.  YALI supports young Africans as they advance economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, nearly 5,800 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa (and 228 from Zambia) have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Twenty-eight U.S. educational institutions in 20 states will host Leadership Institutes for approximately 700 Mandela Washington Fellows in 2023.  The six-week Institutes will support the development of Fellows’ leadership skills through academic study, workshops, mentoring, networking with U.S. leaders, and collaboration with members of the local community.

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that the following Zambian leaders will participate in the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship:

Machila Nakalanga, Kazhina Enterprise
Stanley Mwiinga, Mukobeko Secondary School
Patrick Kapanda Kabanda, Office of The Vice President, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit
Tutashalesa Mulunda, Tuta Technologies
Isaac Pomboloka, Morehouse School of Medicine Zambia Limited
Melissa Sarah Hamalambo, Center for Young Leaders in Africa
Brenda Mawele, African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited T/A Atlas Mara
Kampamba Kephas Katongo, Ndola City Council
Kafula Mutale-Kutontonkanya, FQM Trident Limited (Trident Foundation)
Cormy Chingizya, Ministry of Health
John Kabiye Kalenga, WeSkate Mongu
Lazarus Siwelwa, Virgin Green Renewable Energy
Karen Chitamaluka, Solwezi Municipal Council
Gift Makuwa, Health Literacy Zambia
Natasha Mwansa, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute(ZARI)
Silumesi Siyanga, Rufunsa Town Council
Ritah Bunonge, Ministry of Education
Barry Ilunga Kyembe, Kuwaha Naturals
Luanaledi Mphenza Chunga, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
Chalee Chansa, The Paideia Project
Khozyani Mbambara, Kalumbila Town Development Corporation  (First Quantum)
Wamunyima Mundeya, Manyinga Town Council
Lizu Chinyama, Meet My Mentor Foundation
Chileshe Mwila, Saved Dreams Foundation, Twafweni Aid Organization
Tandiwe Maluma, Zambia Youth Platform

After their Leadership Institutes, Fellows will participate in a summit in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, approximately 100 Fellows will engage virtually in professional development with U.S. organizations in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.  Fellows can participate in Alumni Programming after their Fellowships to further build their professional skills and networks.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org.

Ambassador Gonzales poses with the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellows at the U.S. Embassy.