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Amupolo to lead NAMDIA as new Chief Executive

Amupolo to lead NAMDIA as new Chief Executive

The Board of Directors of Namib Desert Diamonds, NAMDIA, has announced the appointment of Ms Alisa Amupolo as the Chief Executive of NAMDIA for a term of five years effective 01 October.

Amupolo holds a Master of Arts degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, as well as a Bachelor of Media Studies from the University of Namibia, 2008 and is an Alumni of London Business School of Emerging Leaders Programme and Stanford Seed Transformation Programme.

Amupolo started her career in the media and communication industry, where she served as a trainee/Intern at NBC in 2004.  She then went on to be the Public Relations Officer in the Marketing and Communications department at NBC until she left in 2005 to join the Global Fund/Ministry of Health as a Senior Liaison Officer.

In 2008, she moved to Leeds, United Kingdom, to pursue her master’s degree and subsequently found work at the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Research and Support Officer based in London, United Kingdom.

She returned to Namibia and joined NCC which was succeeded by CRAN as a Strategic and Transformation Project Advisor from 2009 to 2012. She also worked as a Governance Consultant, reporting to the CEO at the Namibia Statistics Agency transformation from 2012 to 2013, as well as in the year 2014 on an ad-hoc basis.

In 2014, Amupolo was enlisted as a full-time consultant for Pact Namibia and subsequently joined PowerCom (Pty) as the Chief Executive Officer, where she served until May 2021. Ms. Amupolo until recently worked as a full-time consultant on a special service agreement with the International Telecommunications Union which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition, Amupolo serves on various boards as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Energy Utilities Assets (Pty) Ltd and The Namibian newspaper. Amupolo is also the President of Stanford Seed Southern Africa Chapter Network and was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the National Commission on Research, Science, and Technology (NCRST).

“We would like to thank all the applicants who have shown an interest in the CEO position at the NAMDIA. The Board of Directors would also like to thank Ms. Lelly Usiku who was appointed as the Acting CEO until the appointment of Ms. Amupolo. Ms. Usiku led the NAMDIA team with dedication and commitment during this transition,” Bryan Eiseb Chairperson: NAMDIA Board of Directors concluded.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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