Occupation: Legal Practitioner
Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde & Company and President of the Law Association of Zambia
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.
LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester and an LLM Law Degree from the University of Cape Town
2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow