Linda KasondeLinda Kasonde

Lusaka, Zambia


Occupational Information

Occupation: Legal Practitioner

Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners

Professional History

Linda Kasonde is a legal practitioner based in Lusaka, Zambia, and a named partner of the law firm Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners. She was elected as the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia in April 2016, a position that she held until April 2018.

Linda was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2001. She had previously worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women, a project run by the Law Association of Zambia. She was employed by Mulenga Mundashi and Company in Lusaka in 2004, where she rose to the position of partner in 2009 at the age of 30.  At that time, she became the first female partner in an established and internationally-recognised Zambian law firm to be elevated to the position of named partner. 

She is a 2017 recipient of the IE University’s award, Extraordinary People Inspiring the IE Community (EPIC), in the Women Inspiring Women category. In December 2016, The Africa Report named her as "One of the people to watch out for in 2017 in Southern Africa". In the same month, she was awarded the Zambia Society for Public Administration’s Justice Irene Chirwa Mambilima Distinguished Award in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of public service excellence in Zambia.

She is an alumna of the Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme 2013. She is also a 2014 alumna of the prestigious U.S. State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Women in Political and Social Affairs, and a 2017 alumna of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s International Leaders Programme.

Linda is an officer of the Bar Issues Commission and of the Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is also a former member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal in Zambia.



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


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
07 January 2019

2016 Tutu Fellow, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed as the CEO of Fundi, a fintech group across South Africa and Zimbabwe that offers technology services related to education like educational loans, bursary management and cashless payment solutions for schools. 

A play on the African word 'fundi', which means a learned person and the association with funding, Fundi is a leading education finance organisation in Southern Africa.  Access to finance to fund an education is a barrier many potential students face.

Norman Smit
07 January 2019

2008 Tutu Fellow Bibi Bakare-Yusuf has won the 2018 African Literary Person of the Year award from Brittle Paper. 

The Brittle Paper Award recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year.  Bibi Bakare-Yusuf was recognised for her long service and leadership in publishing as well as her disruptive approach.  It celebrates a literary personality who has taken the lead in challenging and expanding assumptions about what it means to be an African creative. Brittle Paper says that it recognizes individuals for this award who explore Africa as a powerful idea that does not restrain creativity but inspires the most boundary-pushing and revolutionary work.

Norman Smit
22 December 2018

Earlier this year, AFLI carried a piece on how 2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum has been engaged in the battle against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yap is a microbiologist and epidemiologist with Epicentre Africa, an association created in the 80's by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that set up a vaccine trial protocol with the Congolese government using an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck to be given selectively to those most likely to have had contact with a person carrying the disease.  Trial protocols are required for approval for use of experimental drugs. Since then, the battle against the outbreak has been in the news around the planet.

Yap told us as the year draws to a close that the battle continues and that it is serious.  He said that in less than six months, the DRC has seen two unrelated Ebola outbreaks.

Charles Sidambe
21 December 2018

2014 Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah, the founder and CEO of Kisua, has opened his second store at the Waterfront, in Cape town, South Africa. This comes just a few months after his collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Albertina Sisulu family on their Centenary lines.  Samuel has created a business providing a quality product with a strong brand that's available anywhere in the world. Seeing as the production is done in Cape town, it seemed ideal to also open a store in the mother city. 'Kisua' means 'Well-dressed person' in Swahili.  

Sam Mensah said that a spark behind Kisua was the appropriation of African design and fashion in London, Paris and New York while not bringing any jobs, income or benefits to Africans. 

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



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.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.


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