Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, Katebe Monica Musonda is CEO and Founder of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. Java Foods vision is to become a leading food processor, committed to providing high quality and nutritious food from local products at affordable prices. Java Foods first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand. Java Foods also manufactures and distributes eeZee Supa Cereal (a fortified instant cereal/porridge) and Num Num’s corn snacks.
Monica is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years post qualification experience. She has held senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan as well as worked as in house corporate counsel at International Finance Corporation and for the Dangote Group. Her experience working with Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, gave her the impetus to start Java Foods.
Monica currently serves as non-executive director on the Boards of Airtel Networks Zambia Plc (where she is chair), Zambia Sugar Plc, Dangote Industries Zambia Limited and sits on the Global Advisory Board for Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to be a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. She is the recipient of the 2017 African Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is a 2013 Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Forbes Magazine and Africa Investor named her as one of the leading Young Power Women in Business in Africa in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
She holds a LL.B from the University of Zambia and an LL.M from the University of London.