Obed Mambwe

Field of Study: Public Management

Cohort: 2019

Country: Zambia

Leadership Institute: Boise State University

Obed Mambwe has been a sign language interpreter for ten years, coordinating and training interpreters for seven years, and has been a master trainer in Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information for people who are deaf and hearing for five years. Obed is currently a Senior Television Interpreter at Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation where he interprets and supervises interpreters. He is also a volunteer coordinator and interpreter trainer at the Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Zambia and a volunteer director of interpreters in Zambia at Give Back to Community-Zambia, which is U.S. based and founded by a Zambian person who is deaf. Obed is a second-year diploma student in Journalism and Public Relations at Zambia Institute of Mass Communication with a goal of becoming a disability journalist, especially for people who are deaf. Because of his passion and love for people who are deaf, Obed has devoted his life to serving the deaf community. Upon the completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Obed plans to develop the profession of interpreting in Zambia by working towards the establishment of interpreter training programs at the tertiary level, as well as raise Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights awareness in the deaf community.