Secretariat

CBC CEO
SANDRA UWERA(MS) – CEO- COMESA BUSINESS COUNCIL(CBC)
http://comesabusinesscouncil.org/
suwera@comesabusinesscouncil.org | suwera@comesa.int | +260 211 229 725/32 Ext 7603

Ms. Uwera is a seasoned regional private sector development expert, bringing 18 years’ experience working in the corporate sector and business member organizations. She has worked at national and regional level within sub- Saharan Africa.. She is a Rwandan citizen, living as a working resident in Lusaka, Zambia.

Under her leadership, the COMESA Business Council (CBC) has grown to be one of the leading business services organizations, representing the interests of companies, associations, investors and SMEs in 21 countries in Africa.  Currently the institution has an annual turnover of 2.1M$ in 2018 and 1.05M$ in 2017, through partnership and private sector incomes. Previous work experiences include business development operations within East Africa, marketing and external relations within the banking sector and communications within various media houses in Rwanda.

Sandra’s expertise include strategy planning, programs management, organization management (specific to organization behavior and results based management) , business policy advocacy, business development, resource mobilization and management, risk management, corporate governance, corporate communications. Competences are recognized in leadership, relationship management, effective delivery, managing partnerships, Public- Private partnership management and multi stakeholder management.

As a strong believer is youth technical capacity building, Ms. Uwera has established young professionals internship program under CBC which hosts two interns per year. She seats on the board for ECOMARK Africa, supporting environmental standards for African businesses. She is also a member of the International Business and Professional Women(IBPW) Association, spearheading Digital Financial Inclusion for Women.

Ms. Uwera holds an Msc. in Strategic Planning, advanced training in International trade policy and law,  BA. Corporate Communications.
Business Policy Advocacy Officer

Kudzai Madzivanyika

Ms. Kudzai Madzivanyika

Business Policy and Programs Manager | kmadzivanyika@comesa.int | +260 211 229 725/32 Ext 7614

Ms. Madzivanyika brings over 11 years valuable experience working on trade facilitation and regional integration issues, private sector development in Zimbabwe,  SADC & COMESA region. She is a Zimbabwean Citizen, living as a working resident in Lusaka, Zambia.

Her core areas of specialization in programs management are in in Project Administration & Implementation & Management of technical and capacity building programs, proposal writing, resource mobilization, project Implementation, administration,  Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Core areas in trade policy are in legal Drafting, undertaking policy and regulatory reviews, policy research, analysis and advocacy;  Technical report writing, development of Position papers, participation in trade negotiations and presentation to highest level of policy makers; Ministerial level. Ms. Madzivanyika also brings training capacity in areas of compliance and advocacy.

She is a highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented individual whom over the past 10 years has been employed in legal research, analytical and consultancy positions, and been exposed to major issues of regional integration, including economic integration, trade facilitation, private sector development, program management, monitoring and evaluation in Zimbabwe, SADC and COMESA regions.

She holds a Masters of Laws in International Trade and a Bachelor of Laws degree with distinction.

Ms. Nawina Imwiko

CBC Administration and Resources Officer

Ms. Nawina Imwiko is the Administration and Resources Officer of the COMESA Business Council (CBC). A qualified, Articulate and Accomplished Administrator. She brings to the CBC more than 14 years of Excellent strategic administration and project management professional expertise in having worked for both Regional and International institutions involved in the alleviation of poverty in Africa through Trade Policy Research & Advocacy, Private Sector Engagement and Environmental Management Programmes.

She holds a BA (Hon) in Business Studies – Human Resources Management. She also holds qualifications in Project Planning & Management; Diplomatic Practice, Protocol and Public Relations and Management of Information Systems.

Gallina Tembo

Gallina Tembo

Memberships and Communications Officer

With more than 10 years of private sector industry engagement; Gallina Tembo is the COMESA Business Council – Industry Programs Officer. She brings in professional expertise in corporate and media communications, digital and traditional marketing, business linkages, corporate events management, business and policy advocacy, business development, membership outreaches, and many more competencies.

Gallina holds a bachelor of Education with English and psychology as minors, Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law and she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in International Trade Policy and Trade Law under Lund University as well as a Master of Arts in Gender and Development at the University of Zambia.

Peter Sibande

Mr. Peter Sibande

Finance and Accounts Officer | PSibande@comesa.int | +260 211 229 725/32 Ext 7614

Accounting professional with over ten years of experience, possesses multiple skills covering many financial areas such as ledger analysis, financial statements, and budgeting.

Peter is currently the COMESA Business Council Project Accountant.He is a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, CIMA Finalist and currently pursuing MSc in Economics and Finance.

Specialized in Budgeting, Financial Accounting, Forecasting, Financial Planning & Management and Financial Analysis and Modeling.

Yoseph Assefa Wondimu

Digital Services Manager, COMESA Business Council


Yoseph has more than 13 years mixture of experience in ICT on different sectors such as trade logistics project (financed by World Bank), ERP implementation (using Oracle fusion cloud), environmental projects at regional organization (IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Center)-funded by European Union, one of the largest four multinational consulting firms in the world (Ernst &Young), national NGO, software development firm and Colleges.

He has M.Sc. degree from University of Pune, India in computer science with first class. He also did B.Sc. degree from Addis Ababa University (major Statistics and minor Computer Science). He is certified with Prince2 (foundation and practitioner), ITIL (foundation), MCSD, MCAD & MCP.

Jonathan Benson Pinifolo

Program Manager- DFI-SMEs


Jonathan has got Twenty years experience in the ICT Industry having worked both in the Public and Private sector. He has been involved in the management of various telecommunications projects at SADC level while working with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) as well as at Mobile Network Operator level while working with Airtel and Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM). He has worked as Deputy Director at MACRA and prior to joining COMESA Business Council, he was working at TNM as Head of Division responsible for Project Management, Network Planning and Region Operations.

He has also been involved in telecommunications project appraisals, preparation of Business cases for new products/services and setting up of operations functional departments. He was instrumental in ICT policy formulation and development of crucial legal instruments which are vital in electronic transactions like Cybersecurity and Electronic transactions Act.

Jonathan obtained his PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Johannesburg. His Doctoral research particularly focused on the problem of bridging the digital divide in the developing economies and this is an enabler on Digital Financial Inclusion. Among other qualifications, he holds an MBA and MSc in Wireless Communication Systems with distinction from Oxford Brookes University in United Kingdom

Finan Pietros

Marketing and Communications Intern


Finan Pietros is the Marketing and Communications intern at COMESA Business Council.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration (Hon.) acquired from Cyprus International University.

Ms. Pietros has had diverse professional opportunities those of which include volunteering under the Finance, Admin and Logistics department at the United Nations World Food Program (Zambia). She was also an Intern in the Procurement department at PACT World Zambia and has now decided to join our team here at CBC.

Hopewell Musundire

Business Development Officer


Eleven (11) years working experience in International Marketing and Trade with special emphasis on exports promotion; market intelligence; organising international trade exhibitions; customer relationship management; market research; managing & implementing technical assistance to SMEs.

A marketer passionate about championing Africa’s cause for development through an ambitious regional integration agenda in terms of industrialisation, boosting intra-Africa trade, trade facilitation, harmonization of trade policies and practices, and effective participation in the multilateral trading system. I believe TRADE can and will boost Africa’s sustainable and economic development while addressing key continental challenges such as women empowerment, youth entrepreneurship, industrialization, technology, innovation and climate change.

He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management, Bachelor of Technology Honours in International Marketing and a Diploma in Marketing Management and other various courses in Trade Policy, Data Science Management and Market Intelligence.

Marianne Nzioki

Marketing and Relations Officer


Marianne brings forth a wealth of experience from the private and nonprofit sectors, having worked on various assignments spanning Sub-Saharan Africa over the course of the last 10 years. Prior to joining the CBC, she handled integrated marketing, stakeholder engagement, business development, communications, sponsorship, and partnership management within her corporate and INGO roles.

She possesses a demonstrable track record of first-class strategy development and execution on projects of varying scale across the region and is particularly passionate about harnessing the power of technical innovations in Africa, and the promise they hold for propelling sustainable development.

Marianne is a cum laude graduate of Midrand Graduate Institute, South Africa with a BA in Public Relations; she also holds an MSc in International Marketing from Coventry University, United Kingdom, and certifications in Web Analytics and the strategic marketing simulation, Marketing2Win.

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