On 7th April, 2000, the Institute of Directors of Zambia (IoDZ) was launched. The IoDZ came into being as a product of a broad based stakeholder workshop which was convened by the Zambian Chapter of the Institute
of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, in June 1998. The Workshop was supported by the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance;
the Institute of Directors of New Zealand; The Institute of Directors of Southern Africa and the Institute of Directors of Zimbabwe. The most significant outcome of that groundbreaking international Workshop was the formation of a Taskforce which was mandated to spearhead the formation of an IoD in Zambia.

The IoDZ was founded with a clear mission of being a leadership forum
committed to the development of ethical corporate directors through education, training and advocacy to enhance the quality of leadership and
governance in the private and public sectors of the economy.

Over the last 20 years, the Institute has been involved in advocacy work in order to promote sound corporate governance principles and ethics to ensure proper management, control and accountability of the affairs of corporate entities in the country and protect the interests of the stakeholders.

We are pleased to see that the concepts of ethical leadership are taking root
in Zambia, and there is much greater understanding of their importance
among various sectors of our economy. This could not have happened without the vision and effort of our predecessors, the dedication of the IoDZ members, and the support of different stakeholders and sectors of our great nation.

The momentous occasion of the 20th anniversary offers us an opportunity to express our appreciation to our Members, past Presidents, current and past Board and Committee Members, as well as our partners and friends, to present our vision for the future, and renew our commitment to advancing ethical leadership in the running of various entities.

We are now at the dawn of a new era for the Institute where we will build on the foundation of our work and are eager to make an even greater contribution to Zambia in the years to come.

We have developed and are implementing the Strategic Plan for the Institute for the period 2020 – 2023 which envisages increased visibility, customer centricity, financial viability, operational excellence and organizational capacity. We cordially invite you to join in observing this historic milestone and look forward to having you in our future journey, as we continue to forge a path to a society of high standards and practices of corporate governance.

In order to increase the capacity of the Institute to carry out its mandate, we are encouraging members to make it a personal goal of recruiting at least five (5) new members to the Institute of Directors of Zambia.

I thank you and stay safe.

Mrs. Victoria C. Silutongwe