Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is pleased to welcome Nalucha Nganga-Ziba as the new Managing Director of GRS Zambia. Nganga-Ziba, originally from Zambia, brings a strong background in management, communications, and advocacy to her new role. Nganga-Ziba takes the helm from previous Managing Director Tommy Lobben, who recently re-located to Zimbabwe but remains with GRS in the role of Global Director of Operations.
Prior to joining GRS, Nganga-Ziba headed up the communications and advocacy programme for the Non Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council, or NGOCC, a Zambian NGO focused on gender and development in Zambia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Zambia, a post graduate certificate in media and production studies from Radio Netherlands training centre, a post graduate diploma in project management from Cavendish University, and a certificate in diplomacy and international relations from the Zambia Institute for Diplomatic Studies. She has had a career spanning over six years in advocacy, communication, media and public relations and project management, including community mobilization around issues of HIV and AIDS. She is a human rights advocate and has used her skills in advocating for the improved status of women in Zambia.
“I was drawn to Grassroot Soccer because of its unique and innovative approach to stopping the spread of HIV through soccer,” commented Nganga-Ziba. “I’m especially excited that GRS addresses issues that are close to my heart, such a gender-based violence as it relates to HIV/AIDS.”