Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika

Ambassador of Zambia to the United States, Washington, DC

Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika (Co-Chair) is ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States, Washington, DC. From 2002 to 2003, she also served as special envoy of the President of the Republic of Zambia. In that capacity, she chaired an Organization of African Unity Meeting of Experts on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was among the lobbyists that ensured the gender balance in the highest ranks of the African Union. From 1991 to 2001, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika, served on several parliamentary committees in Zambia, including the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Women, Youth, and Child Development Committee, and as chair of the Sports, Youth, and Child Welfare Committee. From 1996 to 2001, she chaired the Zambia All Party Women Parliamentary Caucus. From 1980 to 1990, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika held various posts with UNICEF, including that of regional advisor on Women and Development and Child Development. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika earned an M.A. in education and psychology from California State Polytechnic College, San Luis, Obispo, and a Ph.D. in early childhood and primary education from New York University.


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