Leah Kooma – Managing Director MultiChoice Zambia
The Zambia National Gender Policy of Women outlines that there should be more women participating in key decision-making positions, in the public and private sectors. MultiChoice Zambia is living by this policy as the organization has more women in decision-making positions and currently, its management team consisting of 70% women, thereby breaking the bias in society. It symbolizes the fact that women too can lead in various positions in our society.
MultiChoice Zambia Managing Director, Mrs. Leah Kooma, has worked hard to get to her current position. She has broken the bias and has risen above different challenges that have made her the woman she is today. This year, the 2022 theme for Women’s Day is Breaking the Bias, and this theme is truly close to Leah’s heart as she has broken the norm and bias in society to become a leader in a multinational organization like MultiChoice.
Reflecting on her career and growth which spans over 19 years, Leah says “as a woman, holding the position of Managing Director at MultiChoice Zambia is emblematic to every woman out there, it entails that it is possible for you to dream, rise and be whatever you want to be, as long as you work hard and you never give up.”
Leah is a seasoned business leader and has work experience in various roles and organizations. She started her career in Barclays bank (now ABSA) back in 2002 and later joined Celtel (now Airtel) in 2004 where she worked under different roles in Marketing, Sales, and Distribution until December 2015 when she joined a team to start up Vodafone Zambia.
She worked for Vodafone Zambia as Chief Sales and Distribution Officer. She was instrumental in the setup of Vodafone Zambia as a mobile broadband service provider which was launched in June 2016 offering 4G LTE network. The Company offered customers high-speed 4G data services with market-leading customer services over a high-quality network.
Leah Joined Multichoice Zambia in July 2017 as GOtv Commercial General Manager and later appointed Chief Customer Officer a position she held before her appointment as Managing Director on 1st August 2021.
Leah holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Wales. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and Economics from the University of Zambia. She is a member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing and has served on its Council. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
She is a mentor and is very passionate about women’s empowerment. In her spare time, she uses her creative skills in interior designing and has recently developed a passion for gardening.