Gift Chansa is co-founder and Artistic Director of Circus Zambia. He is born and raised in Chibolya, Lusaka. Gift studied circus in China and the Netherlands has completed a diploma in Project Management at NIPA (National Institute for Public Administration). He is currently studying sociology at the University of Zambia. Gift is a MTV Squad Ambassador and Queens Young Leader (2018). He has spoken at TEDX Lusaka (2017), International Society of Performing Arts Conference ( New York, 2019) and Communicating the Arts (Sydney 2019). Gift directs and designs shows and programs and comes up with the creative vision for the company.
Charlotte Groen is a co-founder and Executive Director of Circus Zambia. Born and raised in The Netherlands, she attained a Master in Urban Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Charlotte specializes in designing programs that allow arts and culture to improve living standards for kids at risk in urban areas. She has done work and academic research on the subject in South America, Europe and Africa. Charlotte raises funds, designs programs and develops the business and social visions of the company.
Amos Malokwa is a co-founder and Head of Production of Circus Zambia. He is born and raised in Chibolya and studied circus in China. Amos performed in many countries and collaborated with HIFA, Awaji Arts, Tmesis Theater and international artists. Amos organizes performances, workshops and other circus activities within the company.
Lombe Tembo is a Lusaka native that works as a Programs Manager at Circus Zambia. She has a bachelor of Economics and a Master in Development Studies from UNZA. She has been working in the field of international Development since 2013 and joined the Circus Zambia team in 2020. Lombe is in charge of all social programs and ensures we deliver best possible services to the communities we work with.
Graziella Kuettel is the Organisational Development Coordinator at Circus Zambia and born and raised in Switzerland. She has a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Accounting & Controlling. Graziella worked for different small and medium-sized start-up enterprises in the division of Finance, HR and Administration while being highly involved in the organisational building-up of these companies. Graziella’s main tasks are to improve the finance and accounting systems and the support with capacity building of staff members in these areas.
Benard Kaumba is a co-founder of Circus Zambia and is Head of Finance. He is born and raised in Chibolya and studied circus in China. He has performed and conducted workshops all over the world. He is currently enrolled in Zambian Centre for Accountancy Studies. He has done several courses on bookkeeping and Quick Books. Benard takes care of finance and bookkeeping.
Mercy Kambulu is the Lead Performer at Circus Zambia. As Lusaka native she knows all about life in Lusaka. She has performed and led workshops in theatre and circus all over the world. At Circus Zambia she provides creative input in performances and projects, manages projects and is at the forefront of the performances. She also works with Circus Zambia’s female members and functions as a role model. Mercy main tasks are leading projects and performances