Name: LESA KASOMA
Organisation: KASOMA MEDIA FOUNDATION
Role: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lesa Kasoma is the Chair and Executive Director of Kasoma Media Foundation a non focuses on advancing the practice of journalism through media education and development. In my passion and vocational interests are in media and social change, gender, HIV/AIDS and globalisation in media/culture, and in communication for development, as it pertains to Zambia, Africa and the Diaspora. I have organised a number of international conferences and workshops like, the Press and Multiparty Politics in Africa by Professor Keyan Tomaselli-2003, Media Ethics by Professor a Helgie Ronning, 2004, Education and Training of Journalists by professors Cees Hamelink, Keyan Tomaselli, Polly McLean and Lisbet Ravn-2005, Journalist Election Training Workshop by Polly McLean and Lisbet Ravn –2005 and Global Ethics for the Media in the 21st century by professors Cees Hamelink, Helgie Ronning, Fackson Banda, Fred Mudahi, Greg Pitts and Herman Warsserman-2007. I have vast international experiences in building relations with the international community with the view of enhancing journalists professionalism and high standard of practice having organised a roundtable meeting with UN officials in Zambia with reputable international media experts in 2005 and chaired the committee that drafted and drawn the Global Ethics for the Media in the 21st Century Statement, worked as a consultant in conjunction with Bradley University in a survey that accessed what the Zambian Parliamentarians think the Press is doing and being the founder of Kasoma Media I have served as Best Female artist, visual arts from 2000 through 2001 and to the Highway Africa Conference was one of the nominees for the Best use of innovative new media 2007. In the same year, I was a participant of the media and Democracy Conference organised by University of Westminster where Kasoma Media Foundation was re-launched. Retyped and edited the book, “The Press in Zambia” by Francis Kasoma which was published in 1986 and was never reprinted. Last but not list, Francis Kasoma Media Library and resource Centre has been officially opened at the University of Zambia 8th October, 2008 by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting- Hon Mike Mulongoti. I currently hold a bachelor degree from University of Zambia, a certificate for Ngo Leaders in Africa from the University of Botswana and will be pursing a masters in communication for development at the University of Zambia.