Nosiku Kalonga (deceased) was the Founder and Director of Mmabana Organization in Zambia, a community-based organisation specialising in youth and child development. She was a trained psychosocial counsellor and has volunteered at public clinics in HIV and AIDS counselling and testing. Kalonga is a Mandela Washington Fellow (class of 2014) and a Vital Voices Lead fellow class of 2015. She held a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Africa. Kalonga belonged to two professional women’s bodies – the Zambia National Women’s lobby and the Zambia Association of University Women (ZAUW) that collectively address matters affecting the wellbeing of women. She was also a member of YWCA-Zambia and a board member of a local organisation working in palliative care for chronically-ill patients.