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Mizinga Melu

Mizinga Melu

Chief Executive Officer

Absa Bank Zambia Plc

Mizinga Melu is a Banking industry expert with over 20 years’ experience and has been at the helm of top banking organizations having worked in six African countries.

She is currently a Bank Chief Executive Officer and previously held various strategic regional roles that saw her being responsible for coordinating integrated planning across businesses outside South Africa.

Mizinga also held a number of roles at Standard Chartered Bank including: CEO of Standard Chartered Zambia, Global Head of Development Organizations in the UK and Africa Regional Head of Financial Institutions in both South Africa and Kenya.

Current Board Roles:

Mizinga currently serves as Non-Executive Director on the Museum for United Nations – UN Live Board.


She is a multi-award-winning business leader having been named frontier 100 CEO and is been a recipient of the following business awards:

  • Author of a ≠1 international Bestseller book ‘Braving the Odds’
  • 2020 Southern African Women in Leadership Trailblazers Award Winner
  • 2020 Banking CEO of the year Zambia by Global Banking and Finance Magazine
  • 2019 Banking CEO of the year Zambia by International Business Magazine
  • 2017 Transformational Leadership Award
  • The All Africa Business Woman of the Year Award 2013
  • Nominated for the 2013 Southern Africa Business Woman of the year by Forbes Magazine and CNBC
  • 2013 Leaders and Achievers Outstanding CEO performance by PMR – South Africa
  • CEO of the Year across all industries by the Zambia Institute Chartered Accountants in 2013 Business Woman for the Year 2013 by Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA)

Mizinga holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College in the UK, an Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.C.I.B) UK and she is a fellow of the Zambia Institute of Bankers.