Luke Evuta Mumba

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Luke Evuta Mumba
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EducationPhD (Camb), MSc (Wales), BSc (UNZA)
Known forUNZA Vice Chancellor
PredecessorStephen Simukanga (2007 - 2015)
Spouse(s)Rose Mumba

Professor Luke Evuta Mumba is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia. He was appointed on 1 July 2016.[1]

Early life and education

Born and raised in Zambia, he attained his primary education at Bayuni, Chilanga and Munkolo primary schools in Lusaka between 1969 and 1975. He attended and completed his secondary school education Kafue Boys Secondary School from 1976 to 1980.

Prof Mumba graduated in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Zambia in 1985 and immediately joined the teaching staff of the university. As part of the University’s staff development programme he was sent to the University College of Swansea in Wales where he studied for a taught MSc degree in molecular genetics. He also produced a dissertation on the inhibitory effect of certain alkaloids in herbal cancer remedies on multiplication of transformed cancer cells. He was awarded the Roger Gilbert memorial prize for the most outstanding dissertation of his class.

He returned to Zambia for four years, but in 1991 he won a Beit Trust scholarship to study for his PhD in Plant Genetics at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.[2]

Prof Mumba holds a doctorate degree in genetics from University of Cambridge (1994); a Master’s Degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Wales, UK, (1987); and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Chemistry from the University of Zambia (1985).


Between 2012 and 2016 he was a Programme Coordinator for the African Science Technology and Innovation Indicators Initiative of NEPAD. He was the first Regional Director for the NEPAD Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Centre (CSIR), in Pretoria, South Africa between 2006 and 2012. Prior to that, between 1995 - 2004 he served in the School of Natural Sciences at UNZA as Dean, Head of Department and as Assistant Dean.

Prof Mumba emerged as a Staff Development Fellow (SDF) in the Department of Biology in 1985 and progressively ascended to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and to Associate Professorship in 2005.

Prof Mumba has contributed to the development of STI strategies and policies at national, regional and continental levels in Africa. He is currently a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Committee on the “Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa” (STISA-2024).

He is the Founding Director of the Biotechnology Outreach Society of Zambia, a professional association spearheading biotech outreach in Zambia. He is also one of the founding trustees of the Zambian Academy of Sciences.[2]

On 1 July 2016, he was appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia.[3]

Research and awards

  • He received recognition as an Extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Botany & Zoology of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa between 2012 and 2014.
  • He is a recipient of four international research fellowships and awards (British ODA Fellowship; Beit Trust Fellowship; UNESCO Fellowship; and the Rodger Gilbert Memorial Prize Award). He has also presented, researched and written widely on genetics, biotechnology and on science, technology and innovation (STI) in general.
  • He was awarded the Roger Gilbert memorial prize for the most outstanding dissertation of his class at the University College of Swansea in Wales.[2]

Personal life

Prof Mumba is married to Rose and has one daughter and two sons.

See also


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