Linda KasondeLinda Kasonde


Zambia

Occupational Information


Occupation: Legal Practitioner

Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners

Professional History


 Linda Kasonde is a lawyer and a civil rights activist. In 2014, she became the first female partner - in the internationally recognised Zambian law firm, Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) and is now a named partner. She was the first woman to be elected as President of the Law Association of Zambia in the history of the Bar Association in Zambia. The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is the body that regulates the legal profession in Zambia. It also has a statutory mandate to promote and protect the rule of law, constitutionalism, good governance and social justice in Zambia.

She is currently the founder and Executive Director of Chapter One Foundation, which promotes and protects human rights, human rights defenders, constitutionalism, the rule of law, and social justice in Zambia.  The foundation does so through civic education, advocacy and strategic public litigation. Linda is also the owner and founder of the law firm LCK Chambers, which she runs as a social enterprise.

In April 2019 she was elected as the Vice-President for Africa for the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the first Zambian to hold that position.

Linda is a 2017 recipient of the IE University’s Extraordinary People Inspiring the IE Community (EPIC) Award in the Women Inspiring Women category. In December 2016, the prestigious 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 has completed the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s International Leadership Programme. Linda is formerly an officer of the Bar Issues Commission and is currently an officer of the Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is the Chairperson of the University of Zambia’s staff tribunal and was formerly a member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal. 

 

Qualifications


LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester
LLM Law Degree from the University of Cape Town
Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme 2013

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow
2014 alumnus of the U.S State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Women in Political and Social Affairs
Stanford University’s Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Draper Hills Fellowship

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
28 January 2020

2011 Fellow and Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto, Jaqueline Musiitwa, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world's most severe humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

Norman Smit
03 January 2020

The detention of 2016 Tutu Fellow, Peter Biar Ajak, has ended.  His wife Nyathon Hoth Mai confirmed in a Facebook post that he had been released. His release came several days after his pardon was first announced by South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir. 

The peace advocate was detained without trial by the South Sudan National Security Service on 28 July and held for almost a year.  When he was finally brought to trial on unsubstantiated charges, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment.  President Kiir issued a decree of pardon on 01 January to 30 people, most for minor offenses.  Kiir's list also included two critics of his regime - Peter, and Keribino Agok Wol.  Both were detained in 2018. 

Norman Smit
11 December 2019

2010 Tutu Fellow Edwin Macharia has been elected by Dalberg's equity partners to serve a three-year term beginning on 1 January 2020 as their Global Managing Partner.  He will be the fourth Global Managing Partner since Dalberg’s founding in 2001.  Dalberg Advisors is a leading global consulting firm and social impact group specializing in inclusive and sustainable business, policy, and investment strategy. Edwin succeeds Yana Kakar who was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2016, serving the maximum of two terms.

Edwin has been with Dalberg for a little more than a decade, during which time he has served in a range of leadership roles.

Charles Sidambe
09 December 2019

2008 Fellow and policy expert, Eunice Ajambo, has been appointed by the United Nations as the Development Coordination Officer/Economist(Namibia) effective January 2020.

Since March 2015, Eunice has been the Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she coordinated cooperation and analysis on public-private partnerships.

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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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