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JAKE CRISWICK

CEO

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Chief Executive Officer

Meet Jake, our CEO at Play it Forward. With experience working as a logistician for Raleigh International in Tanzania, Coopération Internationale in Malawi, and project management for the World Food Programme in Nigeria, he’s a dynamic leader driving positive change. Possessing a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science and an MSc in NGO and Development Management, he’s also an experienced sports coach. Jake’s unwavering commitment to creating positive change, combined with his diverse expertise, makes him an invaluable asset to our mission of empowering communities in need.

LWANGA BWALYA

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Country Director

Lwanga leads the development of new programs to support the strategic direction of the organisation and is involved with developing evaluation methods to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement. He leads partnerships with local NGOs to increase the impact of Play it Forward’s programmes. Prior to joining Play it Forward, Lwanga served as administration officer at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. He also ran his own start-up and volunteered at various organisations working to improve literacy, entrepreneurship and reduce poverty in Livingstone communities. Lwanga is a strong advocate for gender equality, education and technology for all.

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PRECIOUS CHUNGU

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Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

Precious is our Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. She is at the forefront of all organisation-wide M&E activities and has taken the lead in setting up and strengthening existing systems, thereby enhancing the organisation’s ability to measure impact, track progress, and make data-driven decisions and has a strong background in monitoring and evaluation in the non-governmental sector. With five years of experience, including two years focused on monitoring and evaluation. Precious holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and a certificate in Monitoring & Evaluation, further enhancing her expertise in this field.

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EDSON SIALUTABA

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Programme Manager

Edson is a dedicated NGO and Sport for Development Programme Specialist with passion for leveraging football coaching as a tool for positive social change. With over 15 years of experience, Edson has successfully managed projects funded by renowned organisations such as The Commonwealth, USAID, Comic Relief, GIZ, and FIFA. His journey in this field has been marked by impactful initiatives, from organising nationwide football tournaments that engage thousands of youths to implementing sexual reproductive health rights programs that empower communities. Through his work, his fostered strong relationships with clients and partners, ensuring on-schedule projects completion and high levels of satisfaction.

MERCY MUKUBO

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Project Coordinator & Girl’s Coach

O'BRIAN NTEBKA

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Finance Manager

O’brian is the accountant and admin at Play It Forward Zambia, in charge of all projects related finances and internal controls for the organisation. He oversees the preparation of financial reports, budgeting and grants application and communications with the external auditors. Prior to joining Play It Forward, O’brian worked as an accountant at Finta Farms Ltd, a dairy processing company in Livingstone for over five years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounts, Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Licentiate Diploma under the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA).

WEBSTER MWEEMBA

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Project Coordinator & Boy’s Coach

Webby joined Play It Forward (formerly Young Boys Football Club) in 2017 after a notable playing career with GMH Academy, Southern Reeds, and Livingstone Pirates. Transitioning to coaching, he became Under-17 Coach in 2018, backed by certifications including FAZ D License and Swindon Town FC Foundation Coaching Education. Committed to youth development, he’s mentored numerous players and coaches in Livingstone, embodying Play It Forward’s ethos of empowering the next generation of football talent.

SERGE MUMBA

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Men’s Coach

Coach Serge started his playing football career at the age of 6 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He further went on to play as a professional football player in Zambia, Zimbabwe and in Switzerland. He started his coaching career in 2006 and found himself thriving in the role, winning 5 league titles with 3 different teams. Since that time he has never looked back. Football is his main focus in life and he has a very deep passion for coaching. Serge is currently the coach for the Play it Forward Senior Men’s Team who play in FAZ Division 1.

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CAROL MAPITOA

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Education Project Officer

Carol Mapitao is our Education and Life Skills project officer. Before joining PFZ she worked with Sport in Action as a site coordinator, British Council under premier skills as a coach educator, and later moved to Germany under the Welwärt program. Her hosting organisation was ASC in Göttingen where she was attached to a kindergarten. Returning back to Zambia, she worked with Mopani kinder/primary school as a sports teacher.  Lastly, she worked with Impact Network as a supervisor for lower primary and ECE teachers.

SELINA MASHEWA

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Project Coordinator & Girl’s Coach

Selina joined Play it Forward in 2018 as a volunteer Coach for the girl’s team. Previously, she played for Randers FC before being signed by Eastland FC in 2015.  She currently holds a FAZ “D” licence, first aid qualification and has completed a qualification in mentorship which she obtained from the “football3” National Festival. She also serves as a peer educator, teaching young people in the community about sexual health and HIV.

STARFORD MANDA

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Project Coordinator & Boy’s Coach

Stafford Manda is a Coach at Play it Forward. Before joining us, he had a playing career that spanned -15 years. He started his playing career at Kabwe Warriors and moved on to play for Diarora Football Club in South Africa. After which he returned to Zambia and played for three other teams before leaving Muzanza Police to join Livingstone Youth FA. While at the academy, he put himself forward to attend courses like the; Tackle Africa Level 1 coaching course, Swindon Town FC Community Foundation coaching education, FAZ D License and finally Red Cross First Aid before becoming a coach of the under 12 and 14 boys. He is committed to supporting younger players to achieve their dreams and rise to greater heights in whatever they do. He has been able to mentor and also be a role model to so many of the players in the academy.

MERCY MISELO

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Driver

BWALYA MUTALE

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Goalkeeper Coach

CHOOLWE NGOSA

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Men’s Assistant Coach

 

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Precious Mulabika

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Precious is our Communications, Fundraising, and Events Officer. With a background in mass communication, she ensures that our mission is passionately shared. She is a dedicated member of the United People Global Sustainability Organisation and has previously taken part in the UNLEASH Innovation Lab for Sustainable Development Goals where she worked with like-minded youth to co-create solutions to problems under SDGs 3 & 4, with a focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

OUR UK TRUSTEES

OLIVER BRENDON

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Chairman

Oliver is the Founder of Play it Forward and has been the vision and energy behind its mission.  He is also Founder & CEO of the successful e-commerce company AttractionTickets.com (formerly Attraction Tickets Direct).  Oliver has been progressively more involved in the support of charity projects across Zambia. With a heart-warming ambition for improving the quality of Zambian children’s lives through water, sanitation and football projects, he is channelling his passion to change lives.

SASHA BRENDON

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Trustee

Sasha has had a passion for travel and exploring new and fascinating destinations since her first trip abroad in the 1980’s. With over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry which included writing travel brochures and negotiating supplier contracts, she was able to indulge her wanderlust as well as  developing a strong eye for detail and building firm relationships. Since having children, Sasha has become more concerned with children’s welfare and education and for several years has been involved with school PTA’s and raising money for children’s charities. She is an advocate for gender equality and is particularly inspired by the success of the girls’ team programme at Play it Forward.

CHIBWE HENRY

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Trustee

Chibwe is an experienced and innovative NGO and International Development management professional with a strong track record of working for and building local, national and international charities and grant-makers. She is Partnership Manager for the Department for International Development (DFID) at Comic Relief, a major grant making charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty. Chibwe leads a complex £25m plus portfolio of grants, All In, All Learning!, across nine African countries that is jointly funded by Comic Relief and DFID. The programme aims to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the poorest and most disadvantaged, whilst building stronger and more inclusive education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Comic Relief, Chibwe founded and led an African Diaspora-led INGO based in the UK, Diaspora for African Development (DfAD). Outside of work, Chibwe enjoys listening to audiobooks, reconnecting with nature and learning about new cultures around the world.

PETE EDWARDS

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Trustee

Pete has worked in the media and marketing industry for more than 25 years.  His experience includes leadership roles with media agency Starcom and founding his own consultancy business, EGS in 2005.  After selling to the Engine Group (one of the UK’s largest advertising and media services group) in 2009, he enjoyed a range of roles including Chief Strategy Officer, Chairman of their data business, and ultimately CEO of their media division with responsibility for launching three ad-tech platforms in Europe and the far east.  Currently Pete is a non exec director for B2B business services group Crimtan and a consultant at the french advertising and media network, Publicis.  Outside of work, Pete enjoys playing golf badly, running adequately and appreciating wine, extensively.

JANE CAJOULLE

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Trustee

Swiss born, Jane studied at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, trained under Gordon Ramsay, where she organised private events. In 2009 she worked for a private client managing his personal affairs, staff, and European portfolio of estates. In 2013, she founded Townhouse Concierge, where she now heads up a team of 13 handpicked experts, offering the very best in private client services to an international ultra-high net worth clientele. TownHouse has built itself a strong reputation in the middle east through its strong track record of consistently delivering the near impossible, an impressive network of partners, an impeccable sense of integrity and a great sense of humour. Amongst other Jane has advised her clients and guided them in a surprisingly broad range of no for profit projects. Jane is now anxious to put her experience to new and looks forward to the challenges that being a Trustee with Play it Forward will bring.

JOE THOMPSON

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Treasurer

Joe is a qualified chartered accountant, training with KPMG before pursuing a career in Corporate Finance. He worked at a number of blue-chip Investment Banks including Dresdner Kleinwort, Lloyds and Investec providing strategic and financial advice to UK and International companies. During his career Joe has acted on corporate transactions worth over £45 billion. He is now an independent Corporate Finance consultant advising companies on capital raisings and strategy.

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Rebecca Harding

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Becky is our Safeguarding Trustee in the UK.  Qualifying as a Social Worker more than a decade ago she has always been passionate about improving the welfare safety and long term outcomes for people she has supported over her career.  After driving Safeguarding in 2 large NHS trusts she moved to charity and is currently working for Comic Relief as their Safeguarding Lead.  This role has enabled her to learn more about Safeguarding in the charity sector and the context of the Global Majority.  She is passionate about gender and social justice. Presently she is learning more about how we can work towards co-creation and shifting the power within the aid sector.  Outside of work Becky loves to travel learning about different cultures – especially through the food, being outdoors and when the weather means being outdoors isn’t fun reading a good book, usually some sort of historic fiction.

OUR ZAMBIA TRUSTEES

MARA MICHELO

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Trustee

Mara is a business development and project management professional with 14 years professional experience. She is the Founder & Country Director at Jacaranda Hub, an organization that aims at developing young people through the provision of collective services, infrastructure and specialized tools and equipment for common use among the young and aspiring MSMEs with growth potential. She is also the administrator at Payment Association of Zambia, the association serves as a joint industry platform from which members who are mainly Digital Finance Service providers are able to collaborate in dealing with various issues of mutual interest including payment systems policy formulation, innovations and the conduct of public/private dialog.

BENSON KAYUMA

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Treasurer

Benson trained as a charted accountant at the Kaplan Financial Training Company in London, before working in several junior accounting and operational roles. In 2004, he joined the Auditor General’s Office in Zambia where he worked as an external auditor rising through the ranks to a senior management position where he served for 15 years.
Currently, he runs a primary school and an events business in Livingstone. He is also the founder of the Livingstone Enterprise Society, a non profit organisation which offers training in entrepreneurship for youth and women’s groups. The organisation is also heavily involved in researching sustainable business methods and practices, tree planting, renewable energy and promoting a green economy. In September 2020, he was accepted into the Climate Reality Project after having been trained first hand by Vice President Al Gore and was awarded Climate Reality Leader status. Ben is involved in business development, finance & accounting, auditing, research, events management and climate change strategy.

JUSTIN PALMER

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Justin is a football administrator with a dedication to developing the sport in Southern Africa. Currently he is the General Manager of City of Lusaka Football Club in the Zambian Premier League. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at Kabwe Warriors in the Zambian Super League. Justin is passionate about the the power football has to transform people’s lives and communities.

YANDE KALENGO

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Yande Kalengo is the Power Shifting Director at global youth agency Restless Development. Driven by her commitment to dismantle power structures she has 7 years experience in
international development particularly working in Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Youth programming in Zambia. She is a Feminist, Activist and Lawyer with a Bachelors degree in Law from Oxford Brookes University and Masters in International Law from the University of Westminster.

MAUREEN STICKEL

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