UNZA has a new Vice Chancellor

Professor Luke Evuta Mumba

Professor Luke Evuta Mumba

Professor Luke Evuta Mumba has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia (UNZA) with effect from 1 July 2016.

Professor Mumba comes from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) in South Africa. Between 2012 and 2016 he was a Programme Coordinator for the African Science Technology and Innovation Indicators Initiative of NEPAD.

He was the first Regional Director for the NEPAD Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Centre (CSIR), in Pretoria, South Africa between 2006 and 2012.

Prior to that between 1995-2004, Pro Mumba served in the School of Natural Sciences at UNZA as Dean, Head of Department and as Assistant Dean.

Prof Mumba has an academic career spanning over 25 years, emerging as a Staff Development Fellow (SDF) in the Department of Biology in 1985 and progressing through the ranks to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer up to Associate Professorship in 2005.

He has also received recognition as an Extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Botany & Zoology of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa between 2012 and 2014.

Prof Mumba holds a Doctorate Degree in Biology (Genetics) from University of Cambridge (1994); a Master’s Degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Wales, UK, (1987); and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Chemistry from UNZA (1985).

He has been a recipient of four international research fellowships and awards (British ODA Fellowship, Beit Trust Fellowship; UNESCO Fellowship; and the Rodger Gilbert Memorial Prize Award).

He has presented, researched and written widely on genetics, biotechnology and on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in general.

He has contributed to the development of STI strategies and policies at national, regional and continental levels in Africa.

Prof Mumba is currently a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Committee on the “Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa” (STISA-2024).

An alumni of Kafue Boys Secondary School (1976-80), he attained his primary education at Bayuni, Chilanga and Munkolo primary schools in Lusaka between 1969 and 1975.

Prof Mumba is married and has one daughter and two sons.

Meanwhile, University of Zambia workers have gone on a go slow after the expiry of an ultimatum issued to Government to pay them their June salaries.

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