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Geoffrey W. Simukoko was recently elected and appointed as the African representative to the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.
CIArb is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other private dispute resolution methods.
Simukoko’s appointment is in recognition of his contribution to the development and popularization of ‘alternative dispute resolution’ (ADR) which include arbitration, mediation and conciliation in Zambia.
Simukoko obtained his bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia 1973 and has been practicing law since being admitted as an advocate on the 6th of May 1974. He also holds a master of Arts degree (Management Studies) from University of Leeds which he obtained in 1983.
He became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK in 2000 and he also has a certificate in arbitration from the Forum for International Commercial Arbitration (FICA-Geneva) which he obtained in 1999.  He was accredited a mediator under the High Court of Zambia court annexed mediation after pursuing a course in mediation by Chemonics International Inc. of the USA.
Besides his legal and arbitration achievements Simukoko has held executive management positions, and directorships in several companies and corporations in Zambia, among them managing director, Zambia National Building Society (1990 – 1998), general manager, Mansa Batteries Ltd (1986 – 1989), Group Corporation secretary and legal counsel, ZIMCO Ltd, (1989 – 1990), Group company secretary and legal counsel INDECO Ltd, (1983 – 1986) Corporate and Economic Planning manager INDECO (1982 – 1983) and legal counsel INDECO Ltd (1974 – 1982)
Simukoko is currently, a managing partner in the law firm Patmat Legal Practitioners. He has audience before the Industrial Relations Court, High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia. He is active in the practice of arbitration, mediation and conciliation and is an accredited tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in arbitration courses run by the Zambian Branch on behalf of the Institute.
Congratulating Simukoko on his appointment CIArb Zambia branch said, ‘It was proud to have one of its members as the Africa representative on the Board of Management of the Institute and would like to wish Mr. Simukoko the Best of luck on his appointment.’
Simukoko is married to Joyce Nonde Simukoko.

Fayaz King, managing director Airtel Zambia since August 2010, has moved on to take up a special business development project for Airtel Africa a press statement released to Commerce Gazette announced.

King at the helm of the Zambian operation grew the telecommunication services provider’s network in both the urban and rural areas to unparalleled levels. The company currently has 1,089 and 794 telecommunications sites respectively.

During his tenure King oversaw tumultuous times when Airtel filed notice of Compulsory Acquisition to Minority Shareholders on February 18, 2011.  The minority shareholders challenged the Compulsory Acquisition in the High Court and won on the grounds that Airtel had flouted the law by offering to buy shares from them at ZMK 710 per share without following laid procedures. The court stated that Compulsory Acquisition of shares should be in consonance with the law to attract a fair price. Airtel appealed to the Supreme Court but later discontinued their appeal.

Airtel now holds more than 97 percent of the company shares after getting 17 percent more from the 21 percent which were on Lusaka Stock Exchange soon after taking over the Zain Zambia unit.

Speaking about the transitions, Jayant Khosla, CEO, Airtel Africa Anglophone Region said, ‘As we continue to leverage Fayaz’s expertise regionally, we would like to congratulate him for the exceptional infrastructure he has put in place. Zambia has always been a key market with great potential for growth within the region.’

Geoffrey musonda’s appointment as chief executive officer was announced by the Board of Directors of the Rural Electrification Authority.

Musonda has held the position in an acting capacity until his selection.

Musonda holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zambia and a master’s degree in Maintenance Engineering from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Prior to working at the Rural Electrification Authority, Musonda was assistant director at the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development.

 Musonda brings to Rural Electrification Authority a wide understanding of the energy sector in Zambia and has demonstrated good qualities of leadership in management.

Congratulating Musonda on the appointment, the Board said it is ‘confident that Musonda is equal to the task of reinvigorating the Rural Electrification Authority to accelerate the development of the rural areas through electrification’.

Maybin Nsupila was appointed chief executive officer of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) effective March 1, 2013 by the ZAM Executive Board. He succeeds Roseta Mwape. He will oversee the interests of the manufacturing sector in Zambia.

Maybin brings 11 years of experience as a development practitioner to the Association. He has been involved in private sector development, covering trade and industrial development particularly focusing on policy formulation and advocacy, trade negotiations, formulation and delivery of trade and industry related technical assistance and capacity building, among other things.

Maybin began his career at the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) entering as a credit officer in 2001 before moving to Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry in 2002 where he served as an economist, Multilateral Trade. His stay at the Ministry was punctuated by his anchoring the formulation and implementation of two Technical Assistance and Trade Capacity Building Programmes namely the Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Programme (JITAP) and the Capacity Building for Private Sector Development (CBPSD), both of which were successful.

In 2004, he moved to the Export Board of Zambia (EBZ) where he worked as an economist and corporate planner. Maybin helped EBZ win the Award of Best Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) in the Least Developed Countries category in 2007 under the International Trade Centre’s TPO Awards.

Following the integration of EBZ into the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), Maybin served ZDA as a senior policy and planning officer under the Planning and Research Directorate until end of 2007. The height of his stay at ZDA was his appointment as the first secretariat coordinator for Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to coordinate work leading to the operationalisation of the CEEC Act including setting up the CEEC Secretariat.

Prior to his appointment at ZAM, Maybin was team leader and national coordinator for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) National Implementation Unit (NIU) whose sustainability he pioneered having put together a project proposal that racked in almost US$ 1,000,000 to be used over a three-year period. Earlier, between 2007 and 2010, he had served as national trade expert (UNDP consultant) in the same unit, under the earlier version of the programme, the Integrated Framework (IF).

Maybin holds a master of science (MSc) in development evaluation and management from the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) of the University of Antwerp, Belgium and a bachelor of business administration (BBA) from the Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia. He also possesses a trade policy diploma from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Training Institute and an advanced certificate in World Trade, Conformity Assessment and Quality Infrastructure Development from the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC), among other professional qualifications.

Over the years, Maybin has worked, developed and managed trade related technical cooperation and capacity building programmes with several donors and technical agencies including the government of Finland, USAID, the European Commission (EC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Trade Centre (ITC), International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and the EU-funded TradeCom Facility, among others. He has also been involved in trade negotiations at multilateral level under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the ACP-EU, as well as at regional level in Southern and Eastern Africa under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and under the Tripartite (SADC, COMESA and the East African Community (EAC). He has also sat on several trade and industry related national committees.

With his expertise and experience, Maybin should be able to help ZAM reach new heights in promoting and upholding the interests of the manufacturers in Zambia.

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