Namib Desert Diamonds (NAMDIA) has announced the appointment of Ms Alisa Amupolo as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Amupolo is a Namibian citizen, and she holds both a Master of Arts degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, as well as a Bachelor of Media Studies from the University of Namibia, and is an Alumni of London Business School of Emerging Leaders Programme and Stanford Seed Transformation Programme.

Presently, Ms Amupolo is a Doctor of Business candidate with the Namibian Business School.

In a statement released today, NAMDIA said that Amupolo has more than 15 years of relevant work experience, starting her career in the media and communication industry, where she served as a trainee at NBC in 2004.

Ms Amupolo went on to be the Public Relations Officer in the Marketing and Communications department at NBC until she left in 2005 to join the Global Fund/Ministry of Health as a Senior Liaison Officer.

In 2008, she moved to Leeds, United Kingdom, to pursue her master’s degree and subsequently found work at the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Research and Support Officer based in London, United Kingdom.

She returned to Namibia and joined NCC which was succeeded by CRAN as a Strategic and Transformation Project Advisor from 2009 to 2012. She also worked as a Governance Consultant, reporting to the CEO at the Namibia Statistics Agency transformation from 2012 to 2013, as well as in year 2014 on adhoc basis.

During 2014, Ms Amupolo was enlisted as a fulltime consultant for Pact Namibia and subsequently joined PowerCom (Pty) as the Chief Executive Officer, where she served until May 2021.

Amupolo until recently worked as a fulltime consultant on a special service agreement with the International Telecommunications Union which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition, Amupolo serves on various boards as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Energy Utilities Assets (Pty) Ltd and The Namibian.

Ms Amupolo is also the President of Stanford Seed Southern Africa Chapter Network and was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST).

“The NAMDIA Board, Management and staff are excited to welcome Ms Amupolo to lead NAMDIA and pledge her our full support to transform NAMDIA in becoming a sustainable enterprise and a premium diamond trader of ethically sourced Namibian Diamonds,” said Mr Bryan Eiseb, chairperson of NAMDIA Board of Directors.

In the photo: NAMDIA’s new CEO Ms Alisa Amupolo.