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.


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

Featured News

Norman Smit
06 April 2017

In this TEDx talk, Tutu Fellow Ed Mabaya talks about his childhood growing up in rural Zimbabwe and how it gave him the insight into the power of improved seed to provide a pathway out of poverty. He left the small family farm where he grew up. But when he returned, it was to the realisation that food security remains a problem for too many parts of rural Africa. Successful farmers are able to make enough money to invest in their children's educations. A key element to better farming outcomes is better seed.  Mabaya calls this improved seed the 'hunger buster 2.0'.  Climate smart varieties of non-GMO, conventionally-bred seed offer opportunities for bigger harvests.

Sello Hatang
01 April 2017

Nelson Mandela called him “a person of strong opinion and sharp insight”.

To all of us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada is more than a hero of the South African liberation struggle. He is “Mr K” – a lovable and loving friend of Nelson Mandela for 67 years and a long-time friend of the NMF. Having served Mr Mandela as his Parliamentary Counsellor for the five years of his term as President of South Africa, Mr K stepped down when Mr Mandela decided not to run for a second term. Mr Mandela invited him to serve as a Trustee of his post-presidential office – which became known as the Nelson Mandela Foundation – which he did from 1999 until 2016.

Where do I even begin to describe how much you meant to me. Words fail to adequately describe my love, respect and admiration for you, my dearest K! Not only were you a man I deeply respected, a freedom fighter and iconic South African, but I had the privilege to call you my dearest friend. Thinking back, I cannot help but chuckle at how you insisted I drop the 'Uncle' nonsense, and just call you Kathy, because you loved that it made you feel much younger.

As I think back at the beautiful box of memories, moments and deep conversations shared with you, I am comforted by the time we got to spend together. I am comforted by the fact that your strength, conviction and bravery have left a great legacy and a lifetime of lessons for us all.

Norman Smit
30 March 2017

One of the candidates participating in the 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme, Sonkita Conteh, has been selected by the Schwab Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for 2016.  The Schwab Foundation drafts the list annually from a global pool of candidates.  The annual selection usually comprises about 20-25 people who join the 260 social entrepreneurs in a global network that fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of ideas.  The foundation works closely with the World Economic Forum to integrate their awardees into regional and global meetings of the WEF.

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.