EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EX-COM)
Chance Kabaghe, Msc. Mr. Kabaghe has more than 25 years' experience in agricultural policy and agribusiness analysis. His experience spans from lecturing at the University of Zambia in the School of Agricultural Sciences before becoming the first Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Food Reserve Agency (FRA) from 1995 to 2001. He also served as a Member of Parliament and later as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in charge of Agriculture Marketing and Planning between 2001 and 2006. As a business entrepreneur, Mr. Kabaghe chairs the Boards of some key agribusinesses in Zambia such as Seed Co International Zambia Limited, Zambia Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) and also sits on the COMESA Business Council. Mr. Kabaghe has in the past been involved in the development of many agricultural policies in Zambia such as the Agricultural Marketing Bill, Food Reserve Act, Agricultural Credit Act, and the Cotton Act, among others. Mr. Kabaghe holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from London University (WYE) and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia.
Antony Chapoto, PhD. Dr. Chapoto joined the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in July 2014 as the Research Director from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where he was a Research Fellow under the Development Strategy and Governance Division based in Accra, Ghana with IFPRI's Ghana Strategy Support Program. Prior to IFPRI, Dr. Chapoto was an Assistant Professor for 5 years and 1 year as an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University stationed in Zambia under the Food Security Research Project in Lusaka, as the USAID Chief of Party and Research Coordinator. His research interests focus on agricultural development issues in Africa, including agricultural technology and productivity, smallholder farm commercialization, home-grown medium and large-scale farmers and food markets and policy. Dr. Chapoto has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.
Email: Antony Chapoto
|Director of Outreach|
Ballard Zulu, Msc. Mr. Ballard Zulu joined the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute as the Director of Outreach on September 19, 2013. Mr. Zulu has spent close to 30 years in the agricultural policy arena starting with the Ministry of Agriculture for close to a decade in various capacities, USAID's Famine Early Warning Systems, IAPRI predecessor the Food Security Research Project as a Researcher and as the Deputy Team Leader of USAID Zambia's Economic Growth Office. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Business Administration from the University of Zambia, Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and is currently in the final phase of his doctorate program in Business Administration with Binary University of Malaysia. Mr. Zulu has spent many years dealing with the media on a wide range of issues. His media interaction has been bolstered by his other life as a professional musician of legendary proportions in Zambia which started in the mid-eighties. His music career, where he is known as "Ballard Zulu" though punctuated by long periods of silence, has a lasting imprint in Zambia with many of his hits still radio favourites.
|Director of Finance and Administration|
Bruno N. Mweemba, Mphil, MBA, FCCA, FZICA. Mr. Mweemba is a Certified Chartered Accountant with fellowship status conferred by both the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom as well as the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA). He also possesses a Master of Philosophy (Mphil) in Development Finance from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and an MBA in Financial Services from the University of East London-UK. He has over 12 years finance and accounting experience. In addition, he is highly skilled in financial management for effective and sustainable programmes with skills in pre and post award audits, internal financial controls, grant reporting, proposal writing, proposal review, stakeholder management, designing of financial management systems, grant management and financial modelling skills. Prior to joining IAPRI as the Director of Finance and Administration in March 2012, he served as Financial Controller for the Swedish Embassy in Bilateral Development Cooperation, Accountant for the National AIDS Council (NAC), Senior Officer-Credit & Corporate Finance Department at Investrust Bank as well as an Airman Finance Staff in the Zambia Air Force (ZAF).
Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka, PhD. Dr Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka is a Research Fellow and Head of research on Food and Nutrition Security. She is an Agricultural Economist who is currently dedicated to analyzing the impact of various government policy interventions on the growth of the agricultural sector in Zambia particularly on food and nutrition security. She is also responsible for IAPRI’s training program which includes designing training modules and coordinating the training. Dr Mofya-Mukuka has in the last five years directly provided evidence-based policy advice to Government, some of which has resulted in policy changes critical for improving rural livelihoods. Dr Mofya-Mukuka is a past Fellow and Mentor of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and she is currently the Chairperson of the Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and development (ZaWARD). She has being committed to mentoring young women agricultural researchers within IAPRI and in AWARD. Dr Mofya-Mukuka completed her Ph.D in Agricultural Economics at the University of Kiel in Germany in 2011.
Cliff Dlamini, PhD. Dr. Cliff Dlamini Cliff holds a Diploma Agric., B.Sc. Agric. (University of Swaziland); B.Sc. Hons Forest Science, M.Sc. Forest Science, Ph.D. Forestry, Masters in Dev. Finance (University of Stellenbosch); MPhil Env. Law (University of Cape Town). He is now pursuing an Msc in Sustainable Development (SOAS, University of London). Recently, he has been actively involved in contemporary forest-related climate adaptation and mitigation policies/strategies research in sub-Saharan Africa at the African Forest Forum (AFF). Previously, he served the Ministry of Agriculture of the Swaziland Government for close to 13 years as Assistant Forestry Officer. In 2011, Cliff founded the Community Forestry Network of Swaziland, which is a leading NGO dealing with community forestry and natural resources management programmes. He has worked with the Municipal Council of Mbabane in Swaziland, as Parks Manager (2006-2008), World Vision International as Sustainable Livelihoods Advisor (2008-2010), and the University of Swaziland as a Research Fellow in Agronomy (2008-2010). Between 2013 and 2015, Cliff served as Programme Manager at WWF South Africa, managing a programme portfolio of close to 60 projects across the Greater Cape Floristic Region. He has just completed an MPhil research study at the University of Cape Town titled: “The EU FLEGT Scheme-A critical analysis of its potential for promoting effective and equitable forest governance in Africa”. Research interest: to conduct research on contemporary climate change adaptation and natural resources (food, water, land, forests, etc.). Further, Cliff has interest in Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade, Good Forest Governance and Sustainable Forest Management.
|Research Associate II|
Stephen Kabwe, Msc. Mr. Stephen Kabwe (MSc) is a Research Associate II with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia with more than 10 years experience in agricultural policy analysis. He has strong quantitative skills in analyzing household survey data using statistical package such SPSS and Stata, project design, appraisal and monitoring and evaluation and proposal writing. His research focus is on how to improve smallholder farmers’ welfare through increased productivity, efficiency and enhanced income with special focus on cotton value chain and conservation farming.
|Research Associate II|
Auckland Namubi Kuteya, Msc. Mr. Auckland Kuteya is a holder of BSc and MSc Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and Guanju University respectively with more than 3 years’ work experience in agricultural policy research/analysis and outreach activities to inform policy. He has working knowledge in International Trade; Economics; Econometrics; and Research Methodologies. He has strong quantitative skills in analysis of agricultural household survey and time-series price data using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, Eviews and SAS. He is currently involved in agricultural annual pre/post national budget analysis/review to enhance private sector participation in agricultural public investment decisions. As a way of providing guidance to the Zambian government on the impacts of its policies and programs on agricultural value chain, Kuteya analyzes trends in maize and mealie meal prices in major urban markets of Zambia. He also assists in data collection and data cleaning activities.
|Research Associate I|
Brian Chisanga, Msc. Brian Chisanga (MSc) has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and University of Pretoria respectively. He has 4 years of research experience serving in various positions in Zambia and South Africa. His research focuses on analysis of staple food markets and trade, market integration and efficiency in agricultural commodity markets as well as outlook analysis. He has previously undertaken research work broadly covering the areas of agricultural commodity trade and price analysis, industry competitiveness, competition policy and livelihoods studies. His current research areas are agricultural markets and trade development.
|Research Associate I|
Thelma Namonje-Kapembwa, Msc. Mrs. Thelma S. Namonje has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and Michigan State University respectively. She has worked for ACTESA-COMESA for 2 and a half years as a Technical Program Assistant under the Africa Agricultural Markets Program (AAMP). AAMP focused on enhancing regional capacity through policy dialogue and coordination on staple food markets in eastern and southern Africa. Areas of interest include agriculture marketing and pricing of food staples as well as gender relations in agriculture development. Past research work focused on the Zambia's Food Reserve Agency particularly focusing maize transportation and storage. Current research focuses on the effects of late delivery of subsidized fertiliser on technical efficiency of smallholder farmers and maize production. Expertise include data entry, cleaning and analysis. Previously worked as an Intern at Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and at Zambia Seed Company (Zamseed).
|Research Associate I|
Paul Chimuka Samboko, Msc. Mr. Paul Chimuka Samboko holds a BSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and an MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Specialization) from the University of Pretoria. Since his introduction into agricultural research in 2011, he has worked as a research assistant for Palm Associates and The University of Pretoria. He also worked as a market systems researcher at Musika Development Initiatives. His research interests include Environment and Natural Resources Management, Agriculture and Rural Development, Climate Change and Global Warming.
|Research Associate I|
Olipa Zulu-Mbata, Msc. Mrs. Olipa Zulu-Mbata has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and University of Pretoria respectively. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Cavendish University Zambia. Prior to joining IAPRI, she worked for HarvestPlus Zambia where she was involved in promoting Provitamin A Orange Maize to smallholder farmers and consumers. Her research areas of interest include smallholder agriculture productivity, agriculture marketing and pricing, and environmental and natural resource management. Lately, her focus area of research has been on the political economy of maize in Zambia.
|Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist|
Chinyama Lukama, MA. Chinyama K. Lukama has a double major Bachelor’s degree in Library & Information Studies and Demography (UNZA), a Master of Arts in Population Studies (UNZA) and has a certificate in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Centre of Excellence under the Department of Population Studies (DPS). He has more than five years of Monitoring and Evaluation, Demographic and quantitative analysis experience. His vast Monitoring and Evaluation experience cuts across many sectors including the Health sector. Prior to joining IAPRI, he worked as a Water Supply and Sanitation sector Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for UNICEF Zambia, WASH Section and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH), Department of Housing and Infrastructure Development (DHID) where he among other accomplishments led the scale-up of the first ever DHIS2 mobile to web surveillance system to monitor rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Zambia. He has worked for among other organizations Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH). Chinyama Lukama has very strong Quantitative, Research and Demographic analysis skills, is competent in statistical and Demographic software including SPSS and MortPak. He is one of the Consultants who developed the first ever empirical based Zambia national and sub-national Life Tables and the formal and informal sector Tables of Working Life. He has on a part-time basis taught Demography and Research at the University of Zambia, Demography and Data Analysis at Mulungushi University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Population Studies with the University of Zambia.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT
|Business Development Manager|
Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Msc. Mr. Munguzwe Hichaambwa has a BSc and MSc in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Zambia and over 25 years of professional experience in agribusiness and qualitative/quantitative socio-economic analysis. He has verifiable proficiencies in agricultural policy analysis and development; Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA); Gender Dis-aggregated Data (GDD) analysis for development; Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis; Agri-business issues including Feasibility Studies and Micro-Credit; Baseline surveys; Impact and Needs Assessments; and Project Design, Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation. He has previously worked as Senior Research Associate for IAPRI, Agricultural Advisor for Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Limited, and Private Consultant for a variety of organisations including local and international consultancy firms, government departments, donor agencies, embassies, local and international non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, and indeed other private sector organisations and individuals.
Christabel Chengo Chabwela. Mrs Christabel Chabwela holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations from Cavendish University Zambia, Diploma in Computer Science from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, and Certificate in Information Technology from the National Institute of Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration with Regent Business School. Mrs Chabwela has more than 10 years' experience in corporate communications and branding for mostly non-governmental organisations. Until recently, she has been working for Society for Family Health as Corporate Affairs officer where she has been involved in media relations, corporate and product branding, and ensuring donor marking and regulations.
|Librarian / Web Manager|
Cardinal Hachikona. Mr. Cardinal Hachikona has a double major BA in Library and Information Studies and development studies from the University of Zambia and a Diploma in Information Systems and Programming from the National Institute of Public Administration. He has extensive experience in software and hardware maintenance, computer troubleshooting, desktop user support and the development of library systems to support user needs. He shares a keen interest in video production, tracking emerging issues in policy formulation and implementation in the agricultural sector, and information management related to development economics. His current area of interest is the development of digital library systems to support the research work of researchers.
Email: Cardinal Hachikona
Christabel Chileshe. Mrs. Christabel Chileshe is an Accountant. She is a part qualified student of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA). She has over 10 years finance and accounting experience. In addition, she is highly skilled in internal financial controls, grant reporting and grant management.
Sonile Ngwenya. Mrs. Sonile Ngwenya holds Advanced Office Management Secretarial Certificates from Pitman & ZAMIM Secretarial Institutes. Currently, she is the Office Manager who has gained vast experience in office management and logistics in NGO set systems for more than 20 years. Through the years, she has worked directly under UNDP, USAID, FAO as well as in institutions like the University of Zambia. She is very hard working and reliable to manage and organize high-level workshops/meetings at both international and local level. She has the passion and has adapted well with modern techniques in the computer world. She is always available to render assistance to every visitor who comes through to the office as well as through email and telecommunication.
Email: Sonile Ngwenya
DATA MANAGEMENT STAFF
Mwamba Chishimba. Mr. Mwamba Chishimba has vast experience in Information Technology Strategic Planning and Implementation. He has a Diploma in Computer Studies and a Bachelors Degree with Honours in Computing and Information Systems from the Greenwich University, United Kingdom. He has worked for non-governmental organisations, the private sector and government implemented projects heading various Information Technology Teams and Departments. His current main area of interest is the application of mobile and web technologies in data collection, analysis and dissemination.
|Intern - Natural Resources and Climate Change|
Mulako Kabisa. Mulako Kabisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (Ecology major) and a Certificate in Planning, monitoring and evaluation from the University of Zambia. She is currently awaiting graduation for her Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from the University of Zambia. She has good knowledge of the fisheries sector in Zambia from her Internship in the Department of Fisheries under the Asian Institute of Technology International Interns placement program in 2011. Ms Kabisa has four years experience working as an academic tutor in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Zambia (2011-2015). She has been a scholarship recipient from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Climate Smart Agriculture Capacity Building Project for her masters program. Her research interests and expertise include climate variability and change adaptation, climate smart agriculture in the fisheries sector and environmental management..
|Intern - Natural Resources and Climate Change|
Joshua Mabeta. Joshua Mabeta holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Demography, and a Master of Science degree in Applied and Agricultural Economics from Egerton University, Kenya and University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interests include but not limited to international economics and agricultural policy analysis. He has robust quantitative skills in time series analysis using packages such as Econometric-Views, Microfit and Stata. He previously worked for the central Bank of Zambia as clerk in the Economics department monitoring and analyzing commercial banks lending and borrowing rates.
CAPACITY BUILDING STAFF
|Professor, Michigan State University|
Thom S. Jayne (Professor). Prof. Thom Jayne is Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He has mentored dozens of young Africa professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African research institutes, serving as co-director of several grants from the Gates Foundation focusing on building sustainable research capacity in Africa. He has over 25 years of experience conducting research on agricultural productivity and markets. Jayne sits on the editorial boards of two professional journals, received a top paper award in 2004 by the International Association of Agricultural Economists, co-authored a paper awarded the T.W. Schultz Award at the 2009 International Association of Agricultural Economists Triennial Meetings, received the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics: (paper), (ppt) and (abstract), and co-authored a paper awarded First Prize at the 2010 tri-annual meetings of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Jayne also received a Research Excellence Award in 2011 from MSU’s Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several initiatives dedicated to building institutional capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, including the Global Development Network’s Global Research Capacity Building Program, and the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Eastern and Southern Africa.
|Research Fellow and MSU/FSRP Chief of Party|
Nicholas Sitko, PhD. Dr. Sitko moved to Zambia in 2007 to conduct research associated with his PhD and has lived in Zambia since. His academic background includes: a BSc. in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University; a Masters from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver where he focused on international relations through the lens of global food systems; and a PhD from the University of Colorado, Department of Geography. His PhD used ethnographic research methodologies to explore the effects of maize liberalization on rural livelihood strategies in Kalomo District. He initially joined Michigan State University as a Research Fellow attached to the Food Security Project in Zambia in 2010. In 2012 he became a visiting Assistant Professor with the department and remains on long-term assignment with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). His current research interests focus on land policy and administration, public spending and poverty reduction, and the institutional constraints to food market development in Africa.
|Assistant Professor, Michigan State University|
Nicole Mason, PhD. Dr. Mason is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Nicole joined the AFRE faculty in August 2011 as a fixed-term faculty member associated with the Food Security Group and was based in Lusaka, Zambia with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), formerly the Food Security Research Project, through July 2013. While based at IAPRI, she was involved in food policy research and outreach, and served as IAPRI’s Capacity Building Coordinator. She returned to East Lansing and transitioned to a tenure system faculty position in August 2013. Her current research focuses on various dimensions of agricultural input and output subsidy programs in Africa. These include political economy aspects of the programs as well as program effects on smallholder farmer behavior and economic well-being, and on prices. She continues to collaborate with Zambian colleagues at IAPRI and is also working with Kenyan colleagues associated with the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development. Dr. Mason is also member of the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center at MSU. Prior to her graduate studies, Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on agricultural development and environmental education projects in a rural community in Guinea. She also worked at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa in Washington, DC.
Email: Nicole Mason