Governance & Leadership

Yamfwa Chinyanta

Director, Human Resources and Administration

Yamfwa Chinyanta, a Zambian National, has extensive local and international experience as a Human Resource Professional in the areas of Talent Management, Talent Development, Leadership Development, Employee relations , Policy Development, Change Management and HR Information Systems.

Yamfwa was the Country Head of HR at Cargill Zambia – an agro-business focusing on delivering value along the agricultural supply chain. In his current role, Yamfwa provides HR leadership in developing and executing Human Resources Strategy for an employee workforce of 800+ and guides people-centred business initiatives. He successfully led HR merger and acquisition initiatives and integration activities during the acquisition of a Soybean crushing and oil refining company. While at Airtel Africa, as the Head of Anglophone – Shared Services, he oversaw a massive transformation project across 10 countries in Africa involving people and technology and improving HR Service delivery to over 5,000 employees spread across Africa.
Yamfwa also has a strong background in Software Engineering with experience in setting and administering IT systems and infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Project Management.
He holds an MBA in Strategic Planning; an SAQA Certified Occupationally Directed Education and Training Development Practitioner Certificate (OD-ETDP); Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
Additionally, Yamfwa serves on the Board of Directors for the Zambia National Commercial Bank, one of the largest banks in Zambia; and is the Chairperson of the HR and Compensation Sub-Committee of the Board.

Blog Posts

Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report

 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food

Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders

Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this

New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched

Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the


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