Willard Mwemba began his career in competition law at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia in 2006. He worked at the Competition Authority in Zambia for close to 7 years before joining the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) Competition Commission. During his time at the Competition Authority in Zambia, Mr Mwemba rose to the position of Director of the Mergers and Monopolies Department. In this role, he handled some prominent merger cases, and initiated and handled investigations on high-profile cartels.
Mr Mwemba joined the COMESA Competition Commission on 15 January 2013 and became its first Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. While at the Commission, Mr Mwemba drove the process, and was instrumental in drafting, inter alia, the COMESA competition mergers operations manual, merger investigation procedures, the COMESA merger assessment guidelines and amendments to the COMESA merger notification form 12. Further, Mr Mwemba was instrumental in, and led the team responsible for, amending the rules on the COMESA merger notification thresholds and merger filing fees.
Mr Mwemba has written extensively on the subject of competition law and has spoken at several high-profile fora. He is frequently invited as a guest lecturer on the subject at universities and colleges in Zambia and further afield. He has conducted extensive training on the subject of merger control for the mergers departments of the national competition authorities in the COMESA.
Mr Mwemba holds two Bachelor’s degrees with a specialization in law and economics from the University of Zambia. He also holds a Master’s degree in European Union Competition Law from Kings College London in the United Kingdom. Mr Mwemba is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town specializing in competition law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Economics Association of Zambia.