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Christopher Banda
(1) April 2017 – Present: Managing Director, FinVest Cooperative Society Limited (Zambia); (2) September 2012 – Present: Development Finance Banking Consultant , Cooperative Society Limited
Lusaka, Zambia
Development and Fundraising professional with 34 years of experience in National and International Development Financial Institutions (DFIs). Currently working as a Development Banking Finance consultant; as well as serving as an Interim Chief Executive Officer for a newly formed Cooperative Society Limited in Lusaka, Zambia. Bilingual (English and French). Can relocate in seeking challenging jobs
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Area of Expertise:
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
Professional Experience:
April 2017 – Present Managing Director, FinVest Cooperative Society Limited (Zambia)

August 2017 - Present
Part-Time Lecture in the following local universities, Lusaka, Zambia: (1) ZCAS University; (2) Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University; (3) University of Africa.

September 2012 – Present Development Banking Consultant

January 2009 – August 2012

Private Sector Specialist – African Development Bank, Zambia Country

• Responsible for the development of private sector operations in Zambia.
• Participate in the origination, appraisal, execution and monitoring of private sector projects in the region.
• Contribute to the enhancement of the Bank’s profile in the country and/or region.
• Spent six (6) months on attachment in the Private Sector Department at the Head Office of the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia.

October 2007 – December 2008

Managing Consultant – Carling Consultancy Services, Nairobi, Kenya

• Led a group of consultants in assisting prospective project sponsors write proposals for submission to a number of Development Finance Institutions for funding.
• Provided leadership to 5 professional staff.

October 1996 – March 2007
Senior Credit Facilities and Business Development Officer – Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), Nairobi, Kenya.

• I was a member of the Bank’s Technical Operations Committee (TOC) mandated to review project proposals and make recommendations before being reviewed by the Bank’s Credits Committee.
• Was country manager for Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles and Sudan.
• Deputised country managers for Malawi, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
• Whilst Country Manager for Kenya, I increased the country portfolio in Kenya for direct lending for Project Finance from the seventh position to the first position, in terms of Project Finance loan portfolio, and consistently remained so until I left the Bank in 2007.
• Appraised several projects in various sectors of the economy, notably, manufacturing, agribusiness, Telecommunication, Tourism, Transport, just to name a few.
June 1989- September 1996
Deputy Regional Manager, Senior Project Officers, Projects Officer – Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ).

• Deputised the Regional Manager.
• Appraised projects with a view of identifying projects for funding (direct lending) that were financially viable, technically feasible and economically justifiable.
• Guided project sponsors on how they would access funding from the Bank (DBZ).

September 1986 – June 1989

Senior Mechanical Engineer – Zambia Contracting and Engineering Company (ZECCO).

• Supervised and implemented a number of projects in Lusaka, Zambia, notably, the Hotel Intercontinental Lusaka extension for all plumbing and air-conditioning works, supervised and implemented various Posts and Telecommunications Corporation substations and commissioned the air-conditioning works, just to name a few.
• Supervised a workforce of over 20 professional staff.

Nov 1985- August 1986 Mechanical Engineer –Mechanical Services Department, Ministry of Works a
1) General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE “O” Level), from the University of Cambridge, England, United Kingdom (UK), 1978;
2) Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) Degree, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zambia, Zambia, 1985;
3) Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, 2006;
4) Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in the Bank Operations: Accra, Ghana, 2012:
5) Workshop on Project Appraisal and Risk Analysis: African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia, 2010;
6) Project Implementation: African Development Bank, Lusaka, Zambia, 2009;
7) Diplôme D’etudes en Langue Francaise, DELF A1, Alliance Francaise de Lusaka, 2009 ;
8) Diplôme D’etude en Lange Francaise, DELF A2, Alliance Francaise de Lusaka, 2009 ;
9) Diplôme D’etude en Lange Francaise, DELF B1 Alliance Francaise de Lusaka, 2009 ;
10) Workshop on Negotiation Skills: Nairobi, Kenya, 2007;
11) Workshop on Stakeholder and Economic Analysis: African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia, 2006;
12) Workshop on Strategic Leadership Skills: Terrapinn Training, Nairobi, Kenya, 2006;
13) Workshop on Strategic Negotiation Skills: Terrapinn Training, Nairobi, Kenya, 2006;
14) Workshop on Team Building Skills: KPMG, Nairobi, Kenya, 2006;
15) Workshop on Team Building: Naivasha, Kenya, 2003;
16) Association of African Development Finance Institutions / African Development Institute, (AADFI/ADI) Workshop on Project On-Lending, Disbursement & Supervision, Cairo, Egypt,1997;
17) Project Supervision Course, PDCP Bank, Manila, Philippines, 1995;
18) In-house Training whilst working for Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) on Windows Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint 1994;
19) African Development Bank (ADB), Procurement and Disbursement Workshop, Siavonga, Zambia, 1993;
20) Workshop on Computer Software Programmes on, Word Perfect 5.1, Lotus 123 spread sheets and D-Base !V, Lusaka, Zambia, 1991/2;
21) Workshop on Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting (COMFAR), UNIDO Computer Software Package for Project Appraisal, Lusaka, Zambia, 1991.
Affiliations and Achievements:
(1) Registered Member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) as a Professional Engineer with EIZ No.: 01571620601.
(2) Registered with The Engineering Registration Board as a Registered Engineer (R. Eng) with EngRB No.: 005296
(3) Whilst working with the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ), I was awarded with the Hard Working Award Certificate during the National Labour Day Celebrations Ceremony signed by the President of the Country (Zambia).

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
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