136. Dr. Namukale Chintu – Why Excellence Should Know No Frontiers

Dr. Namukale Chintu is a finance professional who holds Non Executive Director Roles including roles at Invesco Limited and Arkadia Asset Management and a number of advisory roles. She started her career in investment banking and held a series of Executive Director roles in Proprietary Capital and Wealth Management covering Africa. She is the founder of Frontier Market Consultants.

A former Rhodes Scholar, she is National Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarship in Zambia and is passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship and enabling diverse founders to thrive.

This is a sweeping discussion which covers Namukale’s early education in Zambia, her path to Oxford and her first foray into investment management.  Our conversation cycles through the investment case for Africa, why she is so passionate about assisting entrepreneurs there and how her own life experience has enriched her perspective.

We discuss how her experience of early setbacks at university in Zambia prepared her for some of the volatility that the finance world provided (e.g. at Lehman Brothers in 2008).  We examine how that learned skill of adaptation and pivoting is an essential one in the business world, and how, now as a director, it can be brought to bear in providing non-executive advice and input.

Series 2 of the 2022 Fiftyfaces Podcast is brought to you with the kind support of the William Blair Active Share Podcast.