Christian Chileshe
Profession:          Development Management Consultant - Rural/Urban Development,
                     Organisational Development, Enterprise Finance, Entrepreneurship
Experience:          17 Years
Contact details:     P O Box 32373, Lusaka Zambia. Cell. +260 979 405 556.
                     E-mail: or
Nationality:          Zambian

   Trained, skilled and experienced development practitioner that is able to facilitate
   convergence of a wide-spectrum of development practice models.
   Undertaken and managed various research and consultancy assignments in Institutional
   & Policy Development and processes seeking to make development and markets work
   better for the poor. These include governance, policy review and development, SMME
   (including Agri-business) Development, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, access to
   finance, and market assessment.
   Well-developed analytical, writing and communication skills. Accredited Trainer under
   the Technical, Education and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) Trainer.
June 2011:           PhD (Business) Student, Research topic – Financing
                     Entrepreneurship, Copperbelt University, Zambia
April 2011:          Diploma in Business Development Services (BDS), under the ILO’s
                     International Training Centre (ITC), Turin, Italy
Feb 2011.            Diploma in Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Agribusiness,
                     Knowledge Centre for Agriculture (Bygholm Agricultural College),
Sept. 2004:          Post Graduate Certificate in Micro-enterprise & Development
                     (Strategic Marketing & Product Development for Micro-Finance)
                     University of New Hampshire, USA & University of the North, RSA
July 2004            Executive MBA – Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development, St
                     Clements University, British West Indies.
Sept 2000.            Chartered Accountant - Association of Chartered Certified
                     Accountants (ACCA - UK). Currently a member of the Zambia Institute
                     of Chartered Accountant (ZICA).
July 2000            Certified Grants Manager (CGM). Special emphasis on Grant Projects
                     Financial, Operational and Contractual/Legal aspects, WVI-US
June 1992.           UK Higher National Diploma in Accounting (AAT)
June 1991.           College Certificate in Accountancy (CCA), Zambia
Dec. 1989:           Completed O levels with Six Distinctions, Zambia
   Aug. 2011 – Training of Trainers for Non-State Actor (NSA) in Agricultural
     Development in Africa. Part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development
     Programme (CAADP) of the AU/NEPAD. Training facilitated by Africa Lead, a
     USAID project under the Feed The Future Initiative. Nairobi, Kenya
   Sept. 2010 – Workshop on Agricultural Value Chain Finance Facilitated by
     Netherlands Development Agencies working in Zambia
   August 2010 – Training in Market-led Business Development Services, under the
     ILO’s International Training Centre (ITC)
   Aug. 2003 – Training in HIV/AIDS policy development facilitation, Johannesburg.
   Aug. 2001 – Training in Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, under the
     Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI)
   July 1997 - Trained in Financial Management of Government Projects at the National
     Institute for Public Administration (NIPA, Zambia) – sponsored by UNICEF
   May 1995 – Training in Entrepreneurship under the Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
    Also trained in various Computer accounting, program/project planning &
   monitoring/tracking, and budget monitoring systems

       Board Member, Niras Zambia (A Subsidiary of an International Development
        Management Consulting Firm with HQ in Denmark)
       Director & Head of Finance Committee, Sigma Financial Solutions (A Zambia-
        based Micro Financial Institution)
       Advisory Board Member – United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
        (UNCTAD), Zambia Business Linkages Programme
       Mentor – ATDF SME Incubator, Zambia
       Member – Working Group on Business Development Services (BDS), Micro
        Enterprise Alliance (MEA), South Africa
       Associate – Sedibeng, Centre for Organizational Effectiveness. Facilitator for
        capacity building Programmes
       Associate – Southern Africa Development Services (SADS)                Advisor,
        Grants Management and other financial aspects
       Member & Director – Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (IED)
       Member & Director – Institute for Organisational Development Facilitators
       Member - Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ)
       Member – Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA)
       Member – Management Accountants for NGOs (MANGO), UK
       Member & Founding Director – Southern Africa Facilitators Network (SAFnet)
English -   Excellent
Ichibemba - Very Good
Chinyanja - Fair

Christian Chileshe CV Jan 2011

 I.   Research-Based Assignments
      June 2011 – Working with Prof. T Bonger, Dean School of Business at Mulungushi
      University, in preparing research proposal under the Investment Climate and Business
      Environment Fund (ICBE) Research Fund, jointly funded by TrustAfrica and IDRC
      Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 – Lead Consultant for ILO Study on Market-led Business
      Development Services
      July 2010 to date – Co-ordinator for Initiative for the analysis/dissemination of findings
      from FinScope 2009 and the Zambia Business Surveys
      Dec 2008 to June 2010 – Co-ordinator of FinScope Zambia Survey, a nationwide
      perception study funded by DFID & SIDA through Zambian Gvt and involving FinMark
      Trust of RSA
      Nov 2009 to May 2010 – Lead Researcher in developing a simplified financial reporting
      framework for MSMEs in Zambia on behalf of the Zambia Institute of Certified
      Accountants (ZICA).
      Aug to Oct 2009 – Lead Consultant: Supply Chain Mapping for Agro-inputs in 9 districts
      of Zambia on behalf of CARE International
      August 2003 – Completed Case study for Artpac Lending Services, a South African
      Micro-Financial Institution.
      June 2002 - Undertook internal Financial Review for the Botswana office of the Agency
      for Co-operation in Research and Development (ACORD).

II.   Policy/Programme Development & Evaluation Assignments
      June 2011 – Appointed as Economic Development Expert for Zambia under
      the Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA) Project funded by
      DFID. This is a South-South initiative designed to help policy makers,
      development practitioners and researchers in Africa and Asia learn from Latin
      America’s experience in addressing key development challenges that are
      common to emerging countries.
      May/June 2011 – Lead Evaluator for the Livestock Restocking Project under Monze Dairy
      Farmers Cooperative Society, funded by the ILO’s CoopAFRICA Challenge fund

      Feb – June 2011 – Lead Evaluator: Project Evaluation of Sport-in-A-Box, Zambia and
      Namibia, funded by the United Nations Association (UNA) of Canada.
      Nov/Dec 2010 – Lead Consultant for facilitation of consultative process to develop an
      innovative forestry management programme for Zambia, funded by the Finnish Govt
      Oct – Nov 2010 – Lead Consultant for facilitating implementation of the Budget Barometer
      under the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR).
      Aug 2010 to Date – Consultant to USAID on Evaluation of Africa KIDSafe Program
      implemented by Project Concern International (PCI)

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       Feb to June 2010 – Consultant for Evaluating Christian Aid Community-based
       Entrepreneurship Development project. Later provided Training in Community-based
       Micro-enterprise Development.
       Feb to June 2010 – Consultant for Kanyama Youth Project Mid-Term Evaluation
       Oct/Nov 2009 – Member of Audit Team evaluating funding provided to Zambia under the
       Global Fund for HIV/TB/Malaria. Focusing on evaluation of performance indicators and
       their relationship to fund utilization.
       Aug to Oct 2009 – Facilitation of design and development of the DFID-funded Zambia
       Governance & Transparency Fund (GTF), including research, document development and
       facilitation of stakeholder workshops. Output was Country Strategy in form of Log-frame

       April 05 to Oct 05 – Project Management Consultant, FinMark Trust. Retained for 6
       months after having initially served as Project Manager for various research work and
       development consultancies that sought to make financial markets work better for the poor.
III.   Training/Capacity Building Assignments
       July 2011 – Facilitator for the involvement of Non-State Actors in the Implementation of
       the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Contracted by
       Africa Lead, a USAID Project under the Feed the Future Initiative.
       June 2010 – Designed and Facilitated Training in Community-based Micro-enterprise
       Development. Christian Aid under a USAID funded HIV/AIDS Programme
       Aug 2002–July 2006 – Facilitated & later Managed a Nationwide Financial Sustainability
       training programme under the Non-Profit Consortium (NPC), South Africa
       May 2002 – Facilitated an Entrepreneurship Course for B Eng Students at Northern
       Gauteng Technikon, South Africa
       July 2001 - Prepared Project Financial Manual for the Entrepreneurship & Informal
       Sector Training Project (EISTP), Zambia
       May 2001 – Supported process for sustainability planning for the Entrepreneurship
       Development Centre, Ndola Zambia.
       Jan 1994 & ongoing – Part-time Lecturer under various Southern African institutions
       including business schools and Universities, including University of South Africa,
       University of Witwatersrand, Zambia Adventist University. Courses taught include:
       Strategic Management, Business Strategy, Financial Management, Financial Accounting
       and Auditing

IV.    Institutional Support Assignments
       Dec 2010 to Date – Contracted to support the Finnish Embassy of Lusaka to manage
       projects under its Local Fund for Co-operation
       Dec 2010 to Feb 2011 – Consultant for Strategic Planning & Change-Management process
       for the Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP)
       Dec 2008 – Coordination of the establishment of the Institute for Entrepreneurship
       Development (IED)

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      Mar to Oct 2008 – Business Development Advisor (Consultant) – United States African
      Development Foundation (USADF) – Zambia Office. Role included:
          Responsible for identification of SMMEs for investment, including investment
          Oversight of investment projects, mostly rural and agri-based
          Provision of Business Advisory Services to USADF, investees & other clients.
             Interacted with district business associations (DBAs)
          Developing & informing the Zambia investment strategy
     July 2007 – Strategic Plan Review for Family Health Trust (FHT)
     June 07 – Process Re-engineering Consultant to the Zambia Threshold Project (ZTP),
      Sept 2007 to Dec 2008 – Institutional Support to Forum Syd (Swedish NGO). Review and
      re-design of institutional systems & procedures, including Finance, Administrative and
      Grants Management Manuals.
      Dec 2005 to Feb 2006 – Acting Chief Financial Officer (Vice President – Finance)
      Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (SAEDF). Managed a turnaround process
      and presented Financial Report to Board of Directors of a $108m institution. Participated in
      regional policy development discussions and pre-investment due diligence processes.
      Feb 2005 to Jan 2006 – Acting Finance Manager for Environmental Justice Network
      Organization. Managed Project Finances, reported to funders and headhunted and managed
      recruitment of full-time Finance Manager.
      1994 to Date – Provided Accounting and other Financial Management support services to
      numerous MSMEs and NGOs in Southern Africa

V. Papers Prepared and Presented
     Oct 2010 – Presented Paper on Business Development Services & Access to Finance.
     ApiExpo, and International Conference on the Honey Sector in Africa.
     Sept 2009 – Prepared & Presented document (Jointly with C Mugala) on Key issues
     pertaining to the NGO sector in Zambia. For KEPA (Finnish Dev. Institution) and its local
     June 2004 – Presented research on Role of Entrepreneurship development in the pursuit of
     sustainable development in the South African context. Some of the findings presented at
     workshop on Empowerment in March 2005 (a Presidential initiative) and published in the
     business section of SA’s widest read newspaper.
     June 2003 – Presented a research paper on Marketing for non-profit organizations.
     2002 to 2007 – Regular speaker at regional conferences on Strategic Budget Management
     & Performance Management.

  November 2003 – April 2005: FinMark Trust, Johannesburg South Africa, a GBP 5m
  Project Manager –DFID funded Programme seeking to improve access for SMEs to
  financial services, covering 6 countries in Southern Africa
      Responsible for:

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        Project Grant/Finance and Administration – stakeholder liaison (including overall
         project cycle management & reporting), logistical management , HR management
        SMME Finance leader – Identified and managed innovative approaches to
         improved access to financial services
        Reviewing financing applications, conducting due diligence and making
         recommendations to CEO.
        Later retained as consultant from May to October 2005
Sept 2002 – Oct 2003: Consulting work in the NGO sector in Southern Africa
    Facilitating training in financial sustainability
    Setting up Accounting Systems for NGOs
    Undertaking research in Microfinance & Enterprise development
Oct 2001 – Aug 2002, International Fundraising Consortium (InterFund), Johannesburg
South Africa
Finance Manager – (Head: Finance and Administration, under EU Capacity Building Fund)
     Provided strategic financial and administrative input to management decision-making
     Designed, developed and monitored financial management systems responsible for over
       $5 Million equivalent annually
     Interfaced with and prepared reports to various stakeholders including Donors and other
       Project Partners
     Facilitated and supervised audits, budgeting, logistical & inventory management and
       staff and partner capacity building programmes
Oct. 2000 – Sept 2001 Entrepreneurship & Informal Sector Training Project (EISTP), Lusaka
Project Financial Consultant (Under NORAD Capacity-Building Contract)
        Established, provided training and operationalised appropriate financial management
         and cost recovery systems for SMME Dev. project
        Facilitated preparation of project budgets and financial reports for the $2.6 Million
        Provided advice on Financial, legal and programmatic aspects relating to the proper
         utilisation of grant funds in SMME development
May 2000 – Sept 2000 World Vision International, Zambia Office
Financial Analyst
         Prepared timely and good quality Monthly Field Financial Reports (FFRs) (sent to
            Regional and International Offices) for an over $7 Million annual budget
         Insured that the Zambia Office met Key Financial Performance Indicators
         Provided Financial and Operational analysis input to senior management on various
            organizational aspects as requested.
         Participated in process leading to establishment of Micro-Finance Organisation
May 1997 – April 2000 – World Vision International, Zambia Office
Regional Projects & Programme Accountant
        Overseeing financial administration, audits and capacity-building for 20+ community-
         based development Projects and an Area Development Programme, with a combined
         annual budget of over $550,000
        Financial advisor to regional team lead by regional operations manager

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       Set up financial systems for new programmes regional office & Prepared Financial
January 1996 – April 1997 – Manica Freight Services, Lusaka Zambia
Credit Controller, Branch Accountant
       Initially exclusively handled debtors, including reconciliations.
       Later appointed to manage finances of the biggest branch
Sept 1993 to Dec 1995 – ZAFES, Lusaka Zambia
Accounting and Projects Co-ordinator
       Setting up the first formal accounting systems, in line with legal requirements
       Produced monthly, quarterly and annual reports
       Co-ordinated start-ups and operations of income generating projects involving students
        and graduates
    1. 2010 DANNIDA Fellowship to pursue Diploma in Entrepreneurship & Agri-business
       from the DANNIDA Fellowship Centre.
    2. 2010 ILO Part Scholarship to pursue Diploma in Business Development Services run
       by the International Training Centre (ITC)
    3. 2000 World Vision US Sponsorship to complete studies leading to Certification as a
       Grants Manager
    4. 2000 Kenya Management Institute Part Scholarship to study for an Executive Master
       of Business Administration (EMBA) Degree with St Clements University.
    5. 1996 ZCAS Part Scholarship to Study Accountancy at the Zambia Centre for
       Accountancy Studies
    6. 1990 ZCCM Scholarship to Study Accountancy at the Accountancy Training College

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1.                    Dr Leonard Chileshe Mulenga,
                      Senior Research Fellow
                      Institute for Social & Economic Research
                      University of Zambia, Lusaka
                      Tel: 0211 294143, 0955 957 096, 0975 472 273

                      Professor Edwin Bbenkele
2.                    Head of Department - Entrepreneurship
                      Faculty of Management,
                      University of Johannesburg
                      Johannesburg, South Africa
                      Tel:    011 559 1207
                      Fax: 011 559 1085

                      Mr Clement Mugala
                      Managing Consultant
3.                    3C Development Management & Entrepreneurship Experts
                      P O Box 32273, Lusaka
                      Tel. +260 211 290 185, Cell. +260 976 880 902

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