Lelemba Phiri is an award-winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and gender-lens angel investor. She is the Principal at the Africa Trust Group that takes a holistic approach to investing in early stage women. She is also a director and shareholder for Zoona, an African mobile payments business.
Lelemba is passionate about women leadership and entrepreneurship development in Africa and has committed her life’s work to advancing equality and empowerment for women. She was a key part of a team that raised over $30m in financing and created over 5000 job opportunities for women and youth. Her work experience spans South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Angola, in both private and public sector. She is currently studying towards a PhD and holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance. Her awards include being named one of Africa’s most influential women in business in 2014; one of fifty most promising social entrepreneurs globally in 2016 and; one of fifty change-makers advancing gender equality in South Africa in 2017.