Ambassador Chibamba Kanyama’s Biography

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Chibamba Kanyama (born 26 January 1965) is a Zambian business leader and writer, specialising in communication strategy and economics.

Early life and education

Kanyama was born in Chikankata district, in the Southern Province of Zambia. He attended Chikankata Mission school for his secondary education. He then studied at the University of Zambia from 1985 to 1989, where he received a BA in Mass communication (with economics). Kanyama later received a MSc Development Finance from the University of Reading in 2001 on a Chevening Scholarship.

Business career

Kanyama began working at Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) in 1989, where he rose to the position of Executive Producer. He later worked as Director at C K Media Agency between 1996 and 1998, Broadcasting manager at Zambia Institute of Mass Communication in 1999 and Corporate affairs director at Zambia State Insurance Corporation in 2002. He also served as corporate affairs director at Zambian Breweries in 2008 before returning to ZNBC as Director General in 2012.

In 2014 Kanyama took up an appointment by the International Monetary Fund as communications advisor, where he worked until 2016. After returning to Zambia, he worked at Bridges Limited where is a Founder Shareholder.

On 10th March, 2023, Chibamba Kanyama was appointed Ambassador-Designate to the United States of America by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Hakainde Hichilema.

Other contributions

Since 2004 Kanyama has been the business columnist for The Post Newspapers.

In 2011 he was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for the ‘Brothers for Life Campaign’ focusing on youth behaviours related to alcohol and substance abuse, violence, sexual abstenance and health living. He was also among three Zambians appointed Climate Change Ambassadors by the British Council in 2010. In 2008, Kanyama initiated "Creating the Future", the first ever business conference for teenagers in Zambia. An average 4,500 young people attended the two conferences. He mobilised over US$40,000 for each period from the business community and international donor organizations such as the European Union. The initiative has since been registered as a trust, Teen Vision Trust Zambia.

Personal life

Chibamba is married to Eneless and has four children.


"Business Values for Our Time", Bridges Communications, 2010
"Achievement Values for Young Adults", Bridges Communicati
"Determinants of FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa", Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Customer Management
Fellow of the Institute of Directors - Zambia and Trainer of Trainers in Corporate Governance
Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Public Relations and Communication