Monica Musonda is the CEO & Founder of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. Java Foods first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand. Monica is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate who held several senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan as well as working as in house corporate counsel at International Finance Corporation and for Dangote Group. Her experience working with Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and one of the continent’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to hang up her corporate law career to become an entrepreneur and start Java Foods.
Java Foods is now in the process of launching an affordable highly nutritious cereal (eeZee Supa Cereals) to be made from maize & soya and sorghum.
Monica serves as non-executive director on the Boards of Zambia Sugar Plc, African Life Assurance (subsidiary of Sanlam), Dangote Industries Zambia Limited and sits on the Global Advisory Board for Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network. She is a 2013 Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow and has been named by Forbes Magazine and Africa Investor as one of the leading Young Power Women in Business in Africa in 2013 and 2014 respectively. She was chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund and also sat on the Bank of Zambia board.
In this fireside chat, Monica will speak on entrepreneurship, harnessing innovation and business development.