Sebastian C. Kopulande

Date of Birth: 
22nd April 1959
Marital Status: 
Economics and Business
Educational Qualification: 
1. PhD (Management) The University of America - USA
2. M.Phil (Management Studies) – University of Oxford UK.
3. B.A. Psychology and Public Administration (with Distinction) -The University of Zambia

Educational Awards

-Rhodes Scholarship for Studies at the University of Oxford - UK (1983)
-The Lusaka Hindu Association Prize for Academic Excellence Being the best-all-round student in the school of Humanities and Social Sciences (The University of Zambia - 1983)

Professional Training

-Adam Smith Institute (London - UK) Public Utilities Regulation (1995)
-International Trade Centre/ UNCTAD/ WTO - International Market Analysis (Lusaka Zambia -2004)
-PEW Economic Freedom Fellow in Transitional Economics (Georgetown University - Washington DC). Awarded a Certificate of Merit (1993).

About the Honorable Member

Sebastian Kopulande is the Chief Executive Officer of the Zambian International Trade & Investment Centre (ZITIC) which works to promote and facilitate trade and investment in Zambia in key economic sectors.  He is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a PhD in Management with specialisation in Leadership from the University of America in the USA,  a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Management Studies from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and a B.A degree (with Distinction) from the University of Zambia. In 1993 he was elected as a PEW Economic Freedom Fellow at Georgetown University, USA where he studied Transitional Economics.

Sebastian has worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte and Touche and held senior management positions in various companies in Zambia. He served as Board Chairman on several Government-owned companies and as a keen protagonist of good Corporate Governance,  he served on the inaugural Board of the Institute of Directors of Zambia when it was just founded. He has very rich experience in Government, having served as Director of Industry in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Comptroller/Permanent Secretary at State House under late President Frederick Chiluba and later as Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties), the late Dr. Levy P. Mwanawasa, with the responsibility of advising the Zambian Head of State on a variety of national and international issues as well as writing the President's major speeches. He has a trail of major achievements in public office and is credited with numerous milestone innovations in policy development and infrastructure projects that he helped initiate. He has extensive experience in economic development matters, particularly in the field of industrial and trade policy, economic policy formulation, small enterprise development, investment promotion and creation of business-friendly environment. Sebastian has been actively involved with promoting Zambian entrepreneurship, private sector growth and attracting foreign investment as well as helping foreign companies to establish operations in Zambia.

On 11th August 2016, he was elected as the first Member of Parliament for Chembe Constituency in Luapula Province, northern Zambia. Upon entering Parliament, he was appointed as Zambia’s Representative to the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) where he was also elected as Rapporteur on Aid Effectiveness.  


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