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Eleni CoromvliEleni Coromvli: Acting Country Director, Architect

Eleni holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley, where she advanced to candidacy for a PhD in architecture. She was the recipient of a NATO Graduate Fellowship and was awarded the Eisner Prize in Urban Design. She is a licensed architect engineer in Greece and a registered corporate member of the Zambia Institute of Architects. In her professional career, Ms. Coromvli has been a Lecturer in architecture at UC Berkeley, an Architect-Researcher at the Center for Environmental Structure, and the proprietor of her own architecture and urban design firm in Zambia. Ms. Coromvli was a team member for Christopher Alexander’s Eishin College project in Tokyo, Japan, which has been recognized as one of the world’s great buildings. Among numerous other projects in the US, she contributed to the design of medium-density townships in the New Jersey wetlands, high-density housing projects in Oakland, California, and the Julian Street Shelter for the Homeless, in San Jose, California. Ms. Coromvli, who has published in the area, is an expert on Zambia’s indigenous architecture. In addition to her work in designing and managing the construction of the Lubuto Libraries at the Fountain of Hope Children’s Centre, the Ngwerere Basic School, and the Matantala Rural Integrated Enterprise, she has designed numerous commercial, residential, and cultural projects in Lusaka.


Thomas MukondeThomas Mukonde: Library Services Advisor

Thomas began work with Lubuto in November 2013, joining our Zambia Office as our Library Services Advisor. Thomas is a native of the town of Kitwe, in Zambia’s Copperbelt region where he attended both public and private schools before continuing on to boarding school in the southern part of Zambia. Thomas then studied under scholarships in the U.K. and the United States, where he graduated with a B.A. in History from Georgetown University. Thomas first learned about Lubuto while at Georgetown in 2010, after attending a talk by one of our Advisory Board Members, Mulenga Kapwepwe. After teaching for a year at a private school in Washington D.C., Thomas decided to return home to Zambia and give back to his community, where he then began work at a primary school that his family runs in Kitwe. Lubuto approached Thomas with the idea that libraries would be the best means of pursuing his interest in social equity and education, and he is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to obtain his Master's of Library Science degree. Thomas will be back in Zambia during his school breaks.


Imanga KayamaImanga Kayama: Program Manager

Imanga started work with Lubuto in April of 2014. She is an alumna of St Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she studied Political Science. Before coming to work with Lubuto, Imanga was a writer at the blog TechTrendsZambia, and a Policy Analyst at the Lusaka think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue. In her capacity as Program Manager she reports on our major grants, contributing to our communications and social media, and overseeing activities at the Lubuto Libraries. Imanga tells us, "I am excited to be working at Lubuto because the opportunity gives me the chance to be involved in things that I am passionate about. I love children, books, technology and helping people, therefore, I feel that I will be very happy as part of the Lubuto Library Project."


Demas LumbaDemas Lumba: Financial Controller

Demas Lumba is a Senior auditor at S Lumba & Company, a firm of chartered Certified Accountants in Zambia. He was seconded to Lubuto Library Project in January 2013 to serve as a Financial Controller when Lubuto appointed the firm to provide financial management services to its Zambia office. Demas brings over 25 years’ experience in financial reporting, treasury management and budgetary control to Lubuto gained from working for various organizations in the private sector and non-governmental organizations, including the giant conglomerate, Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) where he worked for seven years as capital accountant. Demas was trained at the Accountancy Training College in Zambia where he obtained the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification (UK) in 1982. He was among few students selected by ZCCM to be trained on the job in 1982. Demas considers his work with LLP as a true blessing and counts himself privileged to be part of an organization which is bringing tangible positive change to the lives of many vulnerable children in Zambia without asking anything in return.


Makasa KasukumyaMakasa Kasukumya: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Makasa first volunteered with Lubuto in July of 2013, and joined as a full time staff member a few months later. She is responsible for the data collection and analysis so necessary to evaluate Lubuto’s work, as well as administrative tasks and event organization. Makasa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Management from Ulyanovsk State University in Russia. While living in Russia, Makasa worked as a Counselor, Function Organizer and English Teacher at Alliance Français De Togliatti and as weather forecaster and cultural presenter at Reporter Television Station. Makasa believes that working with Lubuto has given her the opportunity to use her education and skills to provide a high level of service to the children Lubuto serves and Zambia at large.


Besa Mwenda GivenBesa Mwenda Given: Library Coordinator

Besa joined Lubuto in September 2013 to oversee daily operations in the two Lubuto Libraries in Lusaka and train library staff and volunteers in library services for children and youth. Besa has a degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Zambia, as well as experience in public administration, computer science, and special libraries in Zambia. Before coming to work at Lubuto, Besa has held positions with the Zambian Professional Teachers’ Union, Zambezi Airlines and The Post newspaper in Lusaka.

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