ZAMBIA – Partners in Food Solutions, an independent non-profit organization that works to increase the growth and competitiveness of food companies in Africa and beyond, has appointed Monica Musonda as the newest board member.
Monica Musonda, is a corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, who founded her Zambian-based food processing company Java Foods, with a focus on making nutritious products using local ingredients that are affordable.
Java Foods’ first product was eeZee Instant Noodles, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand.
The company also manufactures and distributes Supa Cereal, a fortified instant cereal/porridge for school feeding programs and emergency relief programs.
Monica is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, financing, and day-to-day management of the company, which has not only registered success in its home country as it is now exporting products into Zimbabwe and Malawi.
“Monica and her company Java Foods have been an excellent client for PFS. We are now excited to add her wisdom and voice to our board,” said PFS Co-founder and CEO Jeff Dykstra.
Monica is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 16 years post qualification experience.
She has held senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan as well as worked as in-house corporate counsel at International Finance Corporation and for the Dangote Group.
She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to be a member of the Lead Group on Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.
Underscoring her achievements, she received the African Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017.
In addition, she is a 2013 Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.
Monica currently serves as non-executive director on a number of boards including Airtel Networks Zambia Plc, Zambia Breweries (where she is chair) and Zambeef Plc.
She is a nutrition advocate and sits on both the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Lead Group and the Global Advisory Board for SUN Business Network.
Offering her years long expertise, Monica is joining other industry leaders to steer ahead Partners in Food Solutions.
The consortium links corporate volunteers from its consortium of world-class food companies with promising entrepreneurs in twelve African countries.
The food companies under the consortium’s umbrella include General Mills, Cargill, Bühler, DSM, The Hershey Company, Ardent Mills and J. M. Smucker Company.
The volunteers representing over 800 years of food industry knowledge and experience combined have contributed more than 100,000 pro-bono consulting hours.