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.

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.

This event was held on 29th October 2015. Interview by Shupekile Mwanza Chapter cordinator Startup Grind Lusaka

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  1. A very eloquent and focused Lady who has entered the domain of men. Zambia needs such Ladies who are not only enlightened and exposed but also with a high entrepreneurial spirit. Such Ladies must be supported in turn they will inspire a generation of young women, Well done!

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  2. Not only will she inspire a generation of young women but all of us.
    Kudos to Monica. Next time I’m buying noodles I will be looking for eeZee brand.
    Its refreshing to read something positive coming out of Zed.

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  3. wow its really great that a zambian woman is making it like that id like to shake her hand.turning our traditional role of cooking for the family into money by providing for the nation
    you are a genius!!!

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  4. We need more Zambian women like her. you’re an inspiration Monica and these who re always carrying pangas and injuring or killing other Zambians because of their political affiliation or tribe.

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