Meet The Team

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Kawena, Mwansa

Kawena Mwansa, Director WIB a seasoned Human Resource Practitioner with over 10 years experience in People Transformation. Talent Acquisition, Management and Engagement as well as HR Generalist. She has held various senior roles in the Banking sector and FMCG sector. She is a passionate about diversity and inclusion, People and Business Transformation, Leadership and Wellbeing. Kawena is married and has a daughter
Mizinga Melu

Mizinga Melu

Mizinga Shansonga Melu is an 8th multi award winner and CEO of Absa Bank Zambia. She is also the founder of When Females Lead, an empowerment network for the female African child. During her tenure with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Mizinga was the first African female CEO in the thirteen African countries where SCB maintained subsidiaries. She is married to Chipepo and has 2 children, Ruthmary and Matthew.


O’brien Kalumba

O’Brien is passionate about the transformational power that Mentorship, Coaching and Sponsorship have on one’s professional career. She was born and raised in Zambia and has built a thriving career with international and diverse experience of over 10 years in the Banking and Financial industry, and is currently working as a Director in Germany. In 2022, she was recognised as one of the top 100 Future Female Leaders by Involve & Yahoo Finance for her contributions in promoting Diversity and Inclusive. She is married and has a son.

Chimuka Muyovwe

Chimuka is the Director and Business Planning Manager to the Regional CEO for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank based in London. She also serves as the Global Diversity & Inclusion Secretary, working in close collaboration with the Group Diversity & Inclusion team to prioritize the advancement of females and ethnic minorities in senior leadership positions. Her advocacy in the organization demonstrates her commitment to driving positive change in diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sibeso Mofya

Sibeso is a banker but also a multi-talented individual who is involved in event management amongst other interests. She has learned the art of multitasking and excellence. She is passionate about people, finance, and Fintech and drives philanthropy for causes supporting women, financial Literacy, well-being, and diversity & Inclusion.


Based in London, Chiluka Mwango is a highly skilled Chartered Accountant, distinguished by the prestigious titles of ACMA, CGMA, and AZICA. With a profound expertise in international tax, spanning regions such as the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and Latin America (Latam), Chiluka brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Alongside this, Chiluka possesses a deep-rooted passion for Financial Technology (FinTech) software, enabling the seamless integration of expertise with innovative solutions. A strong advocate for Financial Inclusion in Africa, Chiluka champions accessible financial services as a catalyst for community upliftment and economic progress. Beyond the professional arena, Chiluka is a dedicated promoter of Diversity and Inclusion within the Tech and Telecom Industries. With a commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices, Chiluka strives to create inclusive environments where everyone’s perspective is valued.
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Elizabeth Daka Chiinza
( Strategy and Special Projects )

Elizabeth is a wife and mother, passionate about community service, particularly within the young and vulnerable community. In addition to her role under When Females Lead, she volunteers as a certified lay-Counsellor mostly working with young girls. She currently works as Senior Manager – Operations and Credit with a Microfinance institution, with over 8 years experience in both banking and non banking financial services.

Elizabeth is a Certified Credit Professional and holds a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance from Lund University, Sweden.

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Diana Mukali Tavaris

With a background and successful career in the banking sector, Diana is inspired and zealous to uplift young females and create opportunities for them to reach the greatest potential. She is devoted to making a deeper impact in her community!

(Acting Director Career Guidance)

Yanga Katongo serves as the head of the Finance Department at Lusaka International Community School (LICS). With over 17 years of diverse experience in key accounting domains, including audit and assurance at a Big 4 accounting firm (PwC) and financial management services at a private practice (MJM Associates), Yanga has catered to sectors such as retail, tourism, advertising, agriculture, and education, offering a range of accounting solutions.

Yanga is recognized as a Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Additionally, she contributes as a Council of International Schools (CIS) Accreditation Evaluator. Holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Zambia, Yanga Katongo brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to her role.