Lelemba Phiri is an award winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and development professional. She is the Chief Marketing Officer for Zoona, an African mobile payments business that helps communities thrive by enabling emerging entrepreneurs to provide much needed financial services in their communities. Zoona leverages mobile technology to enable the entrepreneurs and provides them with access to finance, business training and support to ensure their success.
Lelemba is passionate about women leadership and entrepreneurship development in Africa and is also the co-founder of Africa Trust Academy that is dedicated to building trusted leaders and organizations across Africa.
Lelemba has worked with private, public and government organizations for over 12 years with experience extending across South Africa, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Angola and other sub-Saharan countries. Her work experience includes having headed finance functions in multi-nationals, providing personal and business financial training to individuals and organization; and providing leadership, personal development and strategy development training.
Lelemba holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance with distinction from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She is a UK Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (Hon) from the Oxford Brookes University (UK). She has also received extensive personal and business development training from various world renowned experts such as Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Robert Kiyosaki including training on organizational effectiveness and staff development experts from Vital Smarts.
Lelemba was the financial expert TV presenter for SABC 3’s lifestyle magazine show, The Power Within. She is also the author of an e-book entitled ‘Financial Fitness in Five Workouts’. She has been featured in several media including CNBC Africa, the Oprah magazine, Destiny Magazine, the New York based Diaspora Voice Talk Show, Radio France, Zambia Daily Mail and South Africa FM.
Lelemba is a 2016 Cordes Fellow, an honour awarded to 50 of the world’s most promising emerging social entrepreneurs who are identified to be high-impact and innovative with a demonstrated commitment to economic justice and poverty alleviation. She was named as one of African’s most influential women in business and government in 2014 by CEO Magazine and was the recipient of a Zambian Woman of the Year Award in 2015. Lelemba was awarded the Rising Star Award for 2010 at the Mwape Peer Awards in Washington DC in recognition of her contribution towards financial education in communities and was a nominee for Shoprite Woman of the Year Award for 2012.