Mr. Dickson Poloji, Acting CEO & Business Policy Programs Manager

Dickson Poloji is an Economist with over 23 years working experience in the Private Sector, Public Sector and Development sector. He worked as a Consultant supporting East Africa Team under USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub on trade policy issues and also a Consultant with Intergrated Development Consultants Ltd (IDCL). Prior to joining IDCL, he worked for USAID/East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub), East African Business Council (EABC) and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).

In the course of his work, he developed sound competencies in leadership and management, planning and organisation, negotiation and stakeholder engagement.

At CBC he is responsible for business policy and advocacy, policy research, trade and business intelligence, program implementation and administration, stakeholder dialogue, event management, and partnerships.

He holds a Masters of Science degree in Economic Statistic from Odessa National University of Economics in Ukraine.


Dr. Jonathan Pinifolo, Project Manager- DFI-SMEs

Jonathan has got 20 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


Mr. Yoseph Wondimu, Digital Services Operations Manager

Yoseph has more than 17 years mixture of experience in digital transformation space on different sectors such as regional integrated payment system at COMESA Business Council (funded by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation), Ethiopia Trade Logistics Project at Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (financed by World Bank), ERP implementation at Ethiopian Shipping Logistics Services Enterprises with about 3000 employees (using Oracle fusion cloud), environmental projects at IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Center (funded by European Union), one of the largest four multinational consulting firms in the world (Ernst &Young), national NGO (that serves the needy in Ethiopia since 1971), software development firm (in India) and Colleges (in Ethiopia).

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 Digital Money, Leading Digital Money Markets, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Mobile Money Operations, Digital MSME Finance, Prince2 (foundation and practitioner), ITIL (foundation), MCSD, MCAD & MCP. He is also pursuing a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (CDFP) program from Digital Frontiers Institute.



Mr. 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.


Ms. Marianne Nzioki, Marketing and External Relations Officer

Ms. Nzioki's experience traverses the corporate and non-profit sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. With over 10 years’ experience, her forte lies in strategic partnership management; integrated marketing; communications for advocacy; resource development with a distinct talent for translating complex ideas into clear, compelling and impactful insights. Passionate about driving the region's sustainable development agenda, through her work, Marianne is able to demonstrate a track record of delivering first class innovative solutions to projects of varying scale, funded by development partners including but not limited to USAID, the European Union, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is particularly passionate invested in harnessing the power of technological innovations in Africa, owing to the promise they hold for propelling sustainable development

Marianne holds a meritorious Master of Science degree in International Marketing from Coventry University, United Kingdom; is a cum laude graduate of Midrand Graduate Institute, South Africa where she acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing; and is pursuing a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (CDFP) accreditation through the Digital Frontiers Institute.


Ms. Christabel M. Iliamupu, Communications and Business Services Officer

Christabel is a strategic thinker with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. She has extensive experience of over 10 years working in the media and Communication industry and has worked for various national, regional, and international institutions as a Communications Specialist. Her visionary perspective on communication has positioned her as an expert in Public Relations and more importantly in the development of communication and social media strategies.

Christabel has immense passion for strategic communication, stakeholder engagement and Public Relations and has established herself as an innovative and creativity content developer. In her formative career years, she worked as a communications and Research Officer with the Media Institute of Southern Africa where she contributed to increasing its membership base, after which she moved to join the public sector. Christabel has had previous engagements with the World Bank Group, United Nations Development Programme and recently with the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree of Mass Communication. Being a performance-driven Communication Specialist, Christabel is optimistic about using her expertise to develop and execute communication and business strategies that will help CBC to provide strategic communication and effective delivery of business, membership, and communication services to its membership.



Mr. Herbert Chadehumbe , Finance and Administrations Manager

Herbert has held several finance positions in the private sector, quasi government institutions and non-governmental sectors before joining the COMESA Business Council. Previous work engagements included contributing innovative ideas on internal controls, risk management, stakeholder management, financial planning, corporate governance, and budgeting across the various sectors he was involved in.

He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Certified Internal Controls Auditor with The Institute for Internal Control (TheIIC), and an Individual Member with The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). He holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance and Investment from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Zimbabwe as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Accounting from the Midlands State University (MSU) Zimbabwe.

Mr. Charles Tembo, Assistant Accountant

Mr. Tembo is a seasoned and forward-thinking finance professional with over nine years’ progressive experience in the private and international development non-profit sector. With a work ethos informed by accountability, integrity, value addition, and delivering value for money, he brings forth refined skills in accounting; financial planning and regulatory reporting; risk analysis and management; internal controls and compliance; and corporate governance. Mr. Tembo’s extensive body of experience spans various sectors, including financial services, telecoms, INGOs and the construction industry.

He holds a Master of Business Administration Finance (MBA-Finance) From ZCAS University, a Bachelor of Business in Applied Accounting (BBAA) From Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, an Association of Accounting Technician (AAT Diploma) from Zambia Institute of Management and currently studying ACCA Professional level.


Ms. Gallina Tembo, Administrations and Membership Officer

With With more than 12 years of private sector industry engagement; Gallina Tembo is the COMESA Business Council’s Membership and Communications Officer. She brings in professional expertise in corporate and media communications, client relationship management, digital and traditional marketing, business linkages, corporate events management, business development, budgeting, creative designs and branding, membership recruitment and many more other attributes.

Gallina holds a Master of Science in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Executive Master Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law. She also holds a BA in Education and other Professional courses.



1. LEGIS Policy Associates - Development of the draft model regulations on the digital integrated regional common payment scheme for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in COMESA:
- Draft Model Policy
- Draft Regulation Guidelines/ Rulebook on the operation of the digital payment scheme for MSMEs.
2. Omni Africa - Implementation of COMESA BUSINESS COUNCIL- Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) System
4. Dr Evans Wala Chabala - Development of the Regional Code on Anti-Corruption Compliance for enterprises.


Mr. Shimukunku Machishi, Trade Policy Expert (Seconded by ITC)

With work experience spanning over 7 years, Shimukunku is a burgeoning researcher, with forte also in trade and investment promotion, and trade policy analysis. He retains eclectic work experience having worked with the Zambia Revenue Authority, Zambia Development Agency and the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

He has a proven track record of delivering in various undertakings relating to private sector development, export marketing, trade negotiations and market access as well as policy influence through evidence based research. He is passionate about intra-Africa trade specifically how the private sector and Governments alike can harness Africa’s trade potential.

Shimukunku is a product of Lund University in Sweden where he graduated with a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Zambia.


Ms. Finan Pietros, Marketing and Communications Intern: May, 2019 to October, 2019

Finan Pietros was the Marketing and Communications intern at COMESA Business Council from May,2019 to October,2019. 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.

Ms. Regina Banda , Marketing and Communications Intern: June, 2016 to December,2016

Regina Banda graduated from Wuhan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Economics and Trade (Hon.). She was an Intern at CBC from June 2016 to December 2016. She was later recalled to CBC serving as a temporary administrations and communications assistant from April 2017 to May 2018. The opportunity offered a career kickstart in a diverse and multicultural environment. After her tenure at CBC, she briefly worked as a program assistant on a short Project with National School of Government while pursuing for her master’s degree in Project Management full time at the university of Lusaka. Regina is currently a distant master’s student and works as a Program Assistant for the USAID Scaling Up Nutrition Project in Lusaka, Zambia.

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