Biography

H.E. MUYEBA SHICHAPWA CHIKONDE

High Commissioner for the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom

His Excellency Muyeba Chikonde is Head of Mission at the Zambian High Commission in London. He took up his appointment in August 2015 having moved from South Africa after a successful three and half year tour of duty in Pretoria in a similar capacity. While serving in Pretoria he had extra accreditation to Lesotho and Madagascar and was responsible for over ten other countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas accredited to Zambia on non-residential basis. Presently, in addition to being High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, he is  Ambassador to the Holly See and Ireland and also represents Zambia membership on International Organisations such as the Commonwealth; International Sugar Organisation (ISO); the International Coffee Organisation and many others.

Preceding his diplomatic appointment in January 2012, he underwent Diplomatic and Conflict Resolution training at the Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (ZIDIS). H.E. Chikonde is an Architect by Profession and holds an Advanced Masters Degree in Human Settlements from the University of Leuven (Belgium 1999) and  a post graduate course in Housing from the Tokyo International Centre (Japan 1992) and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Camaguey (Cuba 1989).

His diplomatic career has been augmented by his involvement in both the Public and Private Sectors spanning over fifteen years. In 2002 he established Habiconsult Limited, an Architectural and Human Settlements Development Private Consultancy firm. Prior to establishing the company he worked for institutions such as the National Housing Authority and the Ministry of Education; and managed programmes for UNHS-Habitat, UNDP, Shelter Afrique and the OPEC Fund for International Development among others.

With over twenty years working experience in both the private and public sectors,  Mr Chikonde has used this experience to develop a good understanding of the dynamic and multidimensional aspects of diplomacy and sustainable development and the application of non-conventional interventions which reflect context. He is an ardent enthusiast of appropriate technology.  Apart from English which is the national language he is fluent in Spanish. His interests vary from travelling, music and theatre to sport and art.

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