The board of directors of the Road Development Agency (RDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eng. Grace Mutembo as the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the RDA, effective from September 18, 2023. Eng. Grace’s appointment comes after a rigorous and transparent selection process.
Eng. Grace Mutembo has been successfully serving as the acting Director and CEO of the RDA for over a year, during which she has effectively overseen various key projects and transactions, including those involving public-private partnerships (PPPs). Notably, she is the first female engineer to lead the institution responsible for Zambia’s public road and bridge construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance since the nation gained independence.
Her journey with the RDA began in January 2006 when she joined as an Engineer Planning-Axle Load. Over the years, she has held several strategic positions within the agency. In August 2014, she assumed the role of Senior Manager-Designer, a position she held until November 2020 when she was appointed as Director-Planning and Design.
She is a highly qualified professional with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Transportation Engineering, from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her academic background also includes a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Zambia.
Eng. Grace Mutembo is recognized as a Fellow of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and brings over 18 years of hands-on experience in road infrastructure management. Her expertise covers various aspects, including planning, design, procurement, project identification, project preparation, project appraisal, feasibility studies, and works supervision. She has a wealth of experience in managing donor-funded projects in the road sector.
The RDA’s board has expressed full confidence in Eng. Mutembo’s ability to make significant contributions to the agency’s initiatives and strategies. Her appointment comes at a crucial time as the RDA strives to enhance accessibility and maintain a well-functioning road network that aligns with Zambia’s development goals.