Linda KasondeLinda Kasonde


Lusaka, Zambia

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Legal Practitioner

Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde & Company and President of the Law Association of Zambia

Professional History


Linda Kasonde is a legal practitioner in Zambia. She practices at the firm Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde & Company, where she has risen through the ranks to become a partner and then - unusually - a named partner in an already established law firm. She was elected President of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) in 2016, becoming the first female to lead the organization in fifty-year history of LAZ and its predecessor the Law Society of Zambia.  Linda obtained her LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester in England in 2000. Ms..Kasonde was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2001. Since her admission to the Zambian Bar, she has worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women, a project run by the Law Association of Zamba and was employed at Mulenga Mundashi & Company in 2004 where she rose to the position of partner in 2009 at the age of 30.

Through LAZ Ms.Kasonde is a member of the Oasis Forum, a coalition of civil society groups and the church which advocates for constitutionalism and the civil rights of ordinary Zambians. Kasonde is an alumnus of the Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme (2013). She has also undergone training in law practice management on the IE University’s Lawyers’ Management Programme in Madrid and London (2012).  Kasonde is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) in England and Zambia. She is an officer of the Women’s Interest Group committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and Convenor of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Committee of LAZ.

She is a former member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, a 2014 alumni of the United States of America State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP), Director of Fashion Retailers (Zambia) Limited (a member of the Foschini Group), and a board member of a Zambian NGO called Alchemy Women in Leadership which aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions in Zambia.

Qualifications


LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester and an LLM Law Degree from the University of Cape Town

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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