Monica Katebe Musonda
Agribusiness Entrepreneur 2017
Owner and CEO of Java Foods
Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, Monica Musonda is CEO & Founder of Java Foods, a Zambia-based food processing company. Java Foods’ vision is to become a leading food manufacturer, committed to providing high quality and nutritious food from local products at affordable prices. Java Foods’ first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand. Java Foods recently launched a fortified instant cereal under the brand name “eeZee Supa Cereal” made from soya and maize flour and corn snacks called “Num Num’s”. As the owner of Java Foods, Monica is one of few Zambian women involved in the processing and distribution of nutritious food products, while also focusing on making supply chains function better. Together with the social enteprise Lima Links she is building an agro-technology platform that brings prices, promotions, and trade to rural smallholder farmers.
Monica began her legal career working for the Attorney General of Zambia, followed by private practice in London and Johannesburg. She also worked at the International Finance Corporation (Washington DC) and the Dangote Group in Lagos, Nigeria. Her experience working with one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to start her own business in 2012, when she moved back to Zambia and set up Java Foods. Monica has served on numerous corporate boards, and in May 2016, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed her to the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in recognition of her strong commitment to improving the conditions of the poor, the hungry, and the vulnerable. She is a 2013 Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program Fellow. In 2013 and 2014, respectively, Forbes Magazine and Africa Investor named her as one of the leading Young Power Women in Business in Africa. When she is not manufacturing food, she speaks to Zambian youth on entrepreneurship and business development. She holds a LL.B from the University of Zambia and an LL.M from the University of London.
In the Press:
– Lusaka Times: Monica Musonda is African Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year 2017
– Lionesses of Africa: Monica Musonda, founder of Java Foods, Zambia wins the African Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017