Edith Zewelani Nawakwi


Edith Nawakwi was the first woman in Zambia to be elected president of a political party, the Forum for Democratic Development. In 1998, she was also Zambia’s first woman Minister of Finance since Zambia’s independence 33 years previously, and the first in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Edith Nawakwi has held a number of other ministerial positions, but her portfolios have been exclusively domestic. She has a degree in economics and business management and a post-graduate diploma in the economics of energy and development from Imperial College, University of London.

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