Meet the Team: Kitwe, Spring 2017

Welcome to our new cohort of Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service volunteers, or more formally our new team of “Business Support Associates“.  Over the following 3 months, they will be learning professional consulting with Challenges Worldwide and using their new skillset to give support to SME’s across Kitwe, the second largest city in Zambia.

Let’s take a few minutes to meet team Kitwe:

Emmanuel Banda

Age

23

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Business and Psycho-Social Counselling.

What were you doing before placement

Business, part-time volunteering as a counsellor and an HIV/AIDS advocate

Fun Fact

I’m a loving person who associates with anyone regardless of colour, sex, religious beliefs and tribal. I love business so much and I believe that in the next 10-15 years I will be one of the successful entrepreneurs and I will be able to provide employment to the people in the society especially my fellow youths.

 

Chisha Mazimba

Age

25

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Worked as a supervisor on a management trainee programme at livestock service co-operation

What were you doing before placement

Worked as a supervisor on a management trainee programme at livestock service co-operation

Fun Fact

I direct and coordinate the drama group at my church

Chansa Mukanga

Age

22 

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology

What were you doing before placement

Worked as a Lab assistant at nitrogen chemicals of Zambia in Kafue & Worked as a Lab technician at Kafue district hospital.

Fun Fact

I have got funny teeth, but some people think that I have a nice smile surprising”

 

Clinton Makayi

Age

22

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Degree in Library and Information Science and Public Administration

What were you doing before placement

I interned for three months at THE POST NEWSPAPER

Fun Fact

I have a photographic memory.

 

Florence Kolomoni

Age

19

What qualifications/experience do you have?

I’ve been a volunteer sexual reproductive health and rights since my last day in high school.

What were you doing before placement

I’ve been actively involved in community activities like promoting comprehensive sexuality education and community sensitisation.

Fun Fact

I love going swimming even though I can’t swim.

 

Gabrielle Quashie-Apeatse

Age

19 

What qualifications/experience do you have?

A Levels in Biology and Chemistry

What were you doing before placement

Was working at Lloyds Pharmacy before joining the programme

Fun Fact

I am obsessed with sweets and hoop earrings

 

Holly Smith

Age

19

What qualifications/experience do you have?

I recently completed A levels in business, Arts and English Literature

What were you doing before placement

I have been volunteering with a local social enterprise in my free time to increase understanding of business.

Fun Fact

I love rollerblading and hope to one day run a frozen yoghurt van.

 

James Cuxson

Age

18

What qualifications/experience do you have?

A Levels in Biology, Physics and Maths

What were you doing before placement

I’m a freelance session musician as well and play guitar, bass and piano. I’m also a member of a big band where I play bass.

Fun Fact

my 4th distance cousin is Ringo Star.

 

Jamie Warner

Age

24

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons in Maths

What were you doing before placement

I trained to be a chartered accountant and an auditor at a firm in Surrey. After having worked for three years I am on the cusp of completing my chartered qualification. Before this, I graduated from the University of York with a degree in Maths.

Fun Fact

I have visited more than half the states of the USA.

 

Joel Thomas

Age

24

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons degree in Advanced Counselling. Youth and Projects Co-ordinator at The Golden co

What were you doing before placement

working as a project coordinator at The Golden Co (social enterprise) for two years.

Fun Fact

I used to run for the English cadet force and was the British champion for 100m, 200m and relay in 2008

 

John Sampson

Age

22

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons Degree in History from Trinity College Dublin

What were you doing before placement

Worked as a data inputter for a hotel recommendations business called Hotel Guru

Fun Fact

When I was 8, J.K. Rowling told me that I’d make a great Weasley.

Read Johns Blogs:

Life at the Dumpsite: Kitwe’s Recycling Squad

 

Joseph Kangwa

Age

20

What qualifications/experience do you have?

I’m an entrepreneur

What were you doing before placement

Working as a businessman, my business is rearing chickens

Fun Fact

dance and I strongly believe that with my superior dancing skills I can move to any type of song thrown my way.

 

Misodzi Sikwese

Age

20

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons Degree in Banking and Finance

What were you doing before placement

Interned at Harvest Plus Zambia as a Data entry clerk for four months.

Fun Fact

I love singing in the car.

 

Mwansa Serah Simbeye

Age

24

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hon in Public Administration

What were you doing before placement

I interned for Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), I also interned for the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia.

Fun Fact

The lion king is my all-time favourite movie and I cry every time I watch Mufasa’s murder.

 

Mwape Chola

Age

25

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Diploma in Social Work

What were you doing before placement

I have interned with YWCA for two months and voluntary work with Youth to Led Zambia. I was a volunteer and working part time.

Fun Fact

I love to sing in the shower. I feel like I sound like Beyoncé.

 

Natasha Pertwee

Age

21

What qualifications/experience do you have?

9 GCSE’s and BTEC 2 YR Hair and Makeup

What were you doing before placement

I was working a very stressful sales job and wanted to put my knowledge and experience into helping different business

Fun Fact

I can complete a Rubik cube.

 

Sophie Marr

Age

22

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons in Philosophy

What were you doing before placement

I spent time working with womenswear buying team at M&S as well as working within product development for designers.

Fun Fact

I once chipped my tooth whilst dancing, probably too enthusiastically.

Zahra Clarke-Johnny

Age

25

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons in English Language

What were you doing before placement

I was working as an administrator for a London council volunteering for girl guiding and Europe region WAGGGS in their diversity task force

Fun Fact

I travelled to 9 countries in 12 months last year 5 with WAGGGS before I hadn’t been out of the UK for 4 year’s

 

John Lungu Jr. (Team Leader)

Age

26

What qualifications/experience do you have?

BA Hons Degree in Law

What were you doing before placement

Working as a researcher and programmes advisor under the MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank on its current and future youth engagement programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as working in grassroots politics.

Fun Fact

I’m proud of my tribe of which I can’t even speak nor hear.

Alice Bardrick (Team Leader)

Age

27

What qualifications/experience do you have?

In 2010 I graduated with a degree in Economics.  Since then I have worked as a business consultant.  First at Accenture where I specialised in sales and marketing transformation and then at Izenda, a growth and innovation consultancy.  Outside of work I mentor social enterprises, helping them to commercialise their social projects.

What were you doing before placement

I worked as a strategy consultant in London where I helped big corporates such as Vodafone and Barclays to increase their revenues by designing, launching, and scaling new business ventures.

Fun Fact

My feet are fabulous famous because they had the starring role in a converse advert.

 

Grace Chiweshe (Team Leader)

Age

22

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Recently graduated from university with a degree in Banking and Finance

What were you doing before placement

I worked as a field officer in different areas across the country for palm associates

Fun Fact

Entered for the CIMA business global challenge and came out first place.

 

Bryan Ngochi (Team Leader)

Age

27

What qualifications/experience do you have?

Graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Since graduating I have gained vast amount of experience working in different roles in accountancy from banking assistant to working as a management accountant

What were you doing before placement

My last post was working as a management accountant at my old university which I thought I had left behind me. My experiences have taught me that in life you never know what direction life might take you and always be open to new opportunities as you could potentially find yourself in. I am gearing myself to be fully qualified as a CIMA accountant as well.

Fun Fact

I won a dancing competition when I was 8 years old which was aired on national television.

Thank you Team Kitwe, good luck with your work to support these exciting enterprises and working towards your Chartered Management Institue qualifications!