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Helping to Unite the UWC Community

After graduating from the University of Florida in 2012, Muchanga Mudenda (Zambia, UWC-USA) moved to Lyon, France to work as an intern for LafargeHolcim, a multinational manufacturer of building materials. Soon after, she moved back home to Zambia, where she worked for LafargeHolcim as a project lead on its marketing team.

In 2014, Mu followed her passion for design and fashion by becoming co-founder and creative director of the Zambia Fashion Council and VALA, the country’s first local fashion emporium. Helping more than 30 local designers enter the local retail market, VALA became a springboard for local fashion brands and creative entrepreneurs. “There were so many talented people,” Mu says, “looking to take a step from fashion being a hobby to potentially a business.”

Rejoining LafargeHolcim the next year, she moved to Switzerland to work in its home office as marketing and prescription manager for 14Trees, an “impact acceleration team” that worked on bringing affordable housing solutions to Africa.

Then earlier this year, Mu returned to the UWC world. She accepted a new post as marketing communications manager for UWC Thailand. “Rejoining the UWC has been a life-changing experience once again,” she writes. “I feel privileged to be able to fashion the UWC experience for our current students. Most of all I love that my role is to share and tell our unique stories in an effort to unite us as a global community.

“One thing I was sure about 10 years ago, and am still just as sure about now,” Mu adds, “is that education can be a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”