Our Team

Meet the people makeng it happen and providing you with the great Works.

Mukuwa Kalambo

Managing Director

Mukuwa Kalambo Is the current Managing Director. He holds a BSc. in Accounting from messiah College USA/ MaSocSc. Health Services Management from University of Birmingham UK.


Chris Book

Administrative Director

Chris Book has served in this capacity prior to coning to Macha Research Trust , Chris was Executive Director of a non-profit in the USA for twenty three years.He and his wife , Marlys , also served as missionaries in Zambia for three years from 1982-1985. Born from missionary parents in Zimbabwe, Chris is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this capacity and culture.

His Responsibility at MRT include giving supervisory oversight to Maintenance , Hospitality , IT ,Accounts and Human Resource 

Dr. Jenny

Dr.Jennifer Stevenson

Scientific Director

Dr. Stevenson is our resident medical entomologist who had been at MRT since 2013. She acquired her doctorate in 2008 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and is a Senior Research Associate with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. As Scientific Director, she oversees the activities in the Malaria Department and runs a number of entomological studies at Macha, including several projects evaluating novel control tools in our semi-field system, the only one available in Zambia. She has been working on malaria research projects in Zambia and Kenya for 10 years.

Dr. Phil

Dr.Phil Thuma

Scientific Adviser

Dr. Thuma is the founding director of the Macha Research Trust and now serves as Senior Scientific Advisor at MRT and is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has a  Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Messiah College and his medical school at Temple University in the USA. He is a pediatrician trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and has worked at Macha Mission Hospital since 1976. He began research in malaria in 1988 and expanded to include TB and HIV research in the early 2000s.


Fortune Ndambo

Human Resource Manager

Fortune Ndambo is the Human Resource Coordinator for Macha Research Trust and handles/oversees a variety of human resource management function. He acts as a linkage between employer and employee relationship including guidance on hiring needs, recruiting candidates, screening applicants, conducting interviews and participating in the selection process. His training in social work and public administration has undoubtedly offered him a great acumen in dealing with administration and management related matters


Marjorie Hamahuwa

Hospitality Manager

Marjorie Hamahuwa is the Hospitality Manager at MRT , she has served since 2008. She holds a Diploma in Office Management from Cambridge International College and Currently pursuing a BA in Hopsitality Management at LIUTEBM University.Her roles at MRT include providing customer service , planning , organizing  accommodation, catering and other hospitality services at MRT to make sure the guest feel at home.


Mr Nkumbula Moyo

Nseba Project Coordinator

Nkumbula Moyo is the Study Coordinator for an HIV diagnostic study known as ‘Novel Screening of HIV Exposed Babies (NSEBA)’at Macha Research Trust .He holds an MSc in Epidemiology and BA degree from the University of Zambia. He has vast experience spanning over 15 years both in the public and non-governmental sectors which makes him well vested in the areas of data capture, analysis and study team leadership. His research interests include: HIV and TB diagnostics, health service delivery approaches and interventions, maternal and child health.

Japhet Matoba

Data Manager

Japhet Matoba is a project Coordinator and Data Manager with the Macha Research Trust (MRT) and the Southern Africa International Centre of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) based in Choma, Southern Province, Zambia.  In these roles Japhet supports the institution in coordinating projects such as the Malaria Hotspots project, a project which endeavors to identify ecological and demographic characteristics that perpetuate malaria transmission in low transmission settings and  is responsible for ensuring data quality for the various projects at the institution.  He has a Biological sciences background, experience in public health project coordination and Health systems strengthening. His passions are elimination of diseases of poverty such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria and implementation research for local sustainability. His work experience spans clinical research with the EDCTP funded ANRS clinical trial PROMISE PEP at the University teaching hospital, USAID|DELIVER Project and SCM and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, ‘the Spatial Repellents Study’, a collaboration between the National Malaria Control Centre, Notre Dame University and MRT both as a manager and project coordinator. He is an alumina of the 2018 Science of Eradication: Malaria (SoE) course, a leadership development course.

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