Zambia Climate Leadership Transformation (ZCLT) Summit

A future of a shared commitment to Climate transformation that works for everyone, with no one left out, we are committed to transform the conversation creating a context in which every voice is included and heard particularly the youth, young girls and women.

University of Zambia (UNZA):  As universities should, UNZA continues to play an important role in shaping the climate change conversation.  The university has been fully involved in the design of the three-day Summit.  As a university, we are completely aligned to the urgent need to diversify the voices and participation, especially of youth and women in the climate change conversation.


Africa Leadership Transformation (ALT) Foundation: We stand for an Africa that works for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has diverted the focus and resources from climate change.  We are calling for transformation of leadership – especially leaders in climate change – in order to deal with the unfolding challenges.  It’s time for leadership that will take a powerful stand for the new, invented possibility for climate change and climate transformation

Summit Design Team:

Over several months, a team from Africa (Zambia, South Africa and Kenya) was joined by others from the USA, Australia and New Zealand; each person was inspired by Africa’s important role in the global climate change conversation.  It was a miraculous global team that has strong ties to Africa as is evident in their different stories…


Daniel Kamanga My colleague from the US had attended the last Landmark Conference for Global Transformation (CGT).  Although it was online, she connected with some people from Australia and New Zealand.  We organized a call to explore possibilities; after a few Zoom calls, it became clear that we would work together
Kabwe Mubanga In the first call with Dr. Mubanga, there was no doubt that he belonged to the Summit Design Team.  As a subject-matter, he embraced the inquiry on leadership without hesitation
Mwelwa Kapambwe As a leader of the ALT Team in Zambia, Mwelwa identified the right local team, ensuring diversity of gender, disciplines and expertise.
Mutukwa Mooya Having just done the Being a Leader Foundational Leadership Course, Ms. Mooya brought to the Design Team the rare journalistic expertise and agreed to anchor the entire Summit.
Audrey Kalindi Between completing her PhD in Australia, Ms. Kalindi helped, especially in the conversations designed to explore greater inclusion of women in climate change.
Sarah Thomas The Director of ALT Foundation in the USA is passionate about women empowernment and cahampioned the inquiry that asks:  What would be possible if we saw women as a solution to climate change?
Susan Kralj Effective handling of the Summit registrations, setting up Zoom calls and dealing with all the administrative aspects – before, and especially during the Summit – makes all the difference.
Rachel Barwell A dyslexia teacher from New Zealand, Rachel spend three years living in Tanzania and is actively involved within the Kapiti Climate Change Action Group in her country. Her Project Management Skills were invaluable in the design of the Summit.
Jennie Fraine A regional staff at Landmark Worldwide in Australia, Jennie is an ex-teacher who taught in Zambia in the 70s. She helped coach some of the speakers and panelists.
Marg Jones She had led 10 wildlife safaris in southern and east Africa and is passionate about wildlife conservation. Her Zoom technical skills are legedary and will make the Summit a worldclass production
Stephen Leake Together with Marg, Steve combined to make the Zoom technical aspects of the Summit seamless. Preparing the speakers and coaching the team on all technical aspects has truly added value to the final product.
Rose Grant Perhaps it’s her radio career that contributed to powerful listening during the Summit design.  Not a single important detail was missed, brining it back in and weaving it into beautiful tapestry!
Shaffear Zubair Being born and growing up in the Maldives – where climate change severely threatens the existence of the country – means Shaffear shows up powerfully in all conversations. Her passion for social justice and education were key to the Summit design.


Day 1: Prof Felix Masiye, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zambia (UNZA) will open the Summit. It’s within the academic space that what is working is explored and evaluated to discover why it’s working and what can be done to make it more effective.  It’s in order that the Summit is taking place within “an academic setting” where ideas are subjected to rigour and everything is open to inquiry.


Daniel Kamanga, Executive Director of the Africa Leadership (ALT) Foundation will set the intent of the Summit.  “Among the things that COVID-19 has disrupted is leadership,” says Mr. Kamanga. In most African countries, trust in public sector leadership was already in the doldrums.  COVID-19 may have pushed it off the cliff.  We are not just talking about politicians or public sector leaders, we are talking about leadership in all spaces: in the health sector, public and private schools, churches and mosques. It’s therefore important to inquire whether we have the right leadership to take us to where we want to go.  This is very important, especially with regard to climate change.”


Mr. Ephraim Shitima, Director of Climate Change and Natural Resources at the Ministry of Lands National Focal Point for UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) will spean on: Setting the Context for Climate Transformation in Zambia.


Having set the stage for the day, there will be a panel discussion lead by Mr. Stephen Nyirenda (Zambia Climate Change Network), Ms. Florence Wamuwi, UNZA and Mr. Eric Chipeta, UNDP.  They will provide three different views on the state of leadership in Zambia’s climate change, paving the way for further discussions in the breakaway groups.  These will later reconvene in a plenary for additional discussions.


Day 2: The Director of the ALT Foundation in the US, Ms. Sarah Thomas, will set the intent for the second day.  What would be possible if we saw women as a solution to climate change?


Building on the intent of the day Ms. Yunike Zulu- Mutale, Assistant Director, Ministry of Gender will speak on “Voice of Women in Climate Transformation Conversations.”


Ms. Violet Shivutse, Founder and Coordinator of Shibuye Community Health Workers in Kenya in Kenya will share a case study: “Overview of the global issue and statistics on the impact women have on grassroots leadership,”  while Ms Audrey Kalindi, a Director of ALT Foundation Zambia and currently completing her PhD at Australian National University will explore how women can be empowered to take a powerful stand regarding climate change.


This will give way to a panel discussion that wil explore the issues raised by the day’s speakers.


Day 3: Ms. Tuliswayo Muteba, a young student climate activist, currently a Masters student at the University of Zambia will set the intent of the day.    What leadership is needed to transform the youth’s role in the climate change conversation? How can we create the opportunity for leadership that gives young people access to being leaders now, regardless of their position of authority, status or money?  What leadership is required to empower the youth as authors of their own lives and to be climate change innovators and creators of solutions required for climate restoration?


To kickstart the “youth day,” two speeches will be delivered. The first by Dr. Kabwe H. Mubanga, a climate change expert and lecturer at the University of Zambia. He will speak on “The Role of Youth in sustainable and regenerative agriculture to secure Zambia’s food supply for the future and stem the tide of rural to urban migration.”


Ms. Doreen Magotsi, who leads a Community-Based Organization, Shibuye Community Health workers will provide a case-study on “Mobilizing youth participation in agriculture and reforestation.”


The two speeches will be followed by a Panel discussion.  The three panelists include:

  • Sophie Handford, District Councillor, Kāpiti Coast, Aotearoa New Zealand & Coordinator, National School Strike for Climate
  • Akufuna Muyunda, Southern Africa Regional Coordinator at Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)
  • Tuliswayo Muteba, Masters’ student of Natural Resource Management & Tutor in Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, UNZA


The delegates will then break into smaller breakaway groups to undertake deeper inquiry on issues raised. They will reconvene and share kep points discussed.

  1. Daniel Kamanga, Executive Director of the Africa Leadership (ALT) Foundation welcomes delegates to the Summit.



2. Press statement by Prof Felix Masiye, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zambia.  (Click to view)