Esther Nkandu

Professor Esther Munalula Nkandu
WCPT Board Member Representing the Africa Region

Esther Munalula Nkandu (a Physiotherapist and Bioethicist) is a Professor in The University of Zambia (UNZA) where she serves as founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

As a Physiotherapist she was founder head of the Department of Physiotherapy (UNZA), in the then School of Medicine from 2000-2013. She has presided over the Zambia Society of Physiotherapy and has also served as Chairperson of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy- (WCPT) Africa Region. She now serves as Africa Region Member on the WCPT Board, Trustee on WCPT Trading and Member of Finance committee of WCPT Board.

As a Bioethicist she has chaired the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee in the School of Medicine and also served as a Member of Zambia’s National Health Research Ethics Committee for over 5 years. Esther is Vice Chairperson of UNZA Natural and Applied Science Research Ethics Committee, and also serves as Chairperson of the ERES Converge IRB (a Private Research Board).

In collaboration with other universities in Europe, she has served as a visiting Scholar and Coordinator of the Research Ethics Course on the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics Programme in Italy. She is also a recipient as Principal Investigator/Coordinator of EDCTP and CDC funded activities.

Outside the University of Zambia she has served on various Boards including having chaired the Road Transport and Safety Agency and the Radiation Protection Authority and Vice Chairperson of the Medical Council of Zambia (now Health Professions Council of Zambia).

She is a trained trainer in Corporate Governance and also serves as President of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Zambia.

Profile of Professor Esther Nkandu

As Africa Region Representative on the WCPT Board, Prof. Nkandu works with the WCPT, and other WCPT Africa Region Board members to give leadership and execute WCPT policies in the African Region.

Professor and Founding Dean, School of Health Sciences, University of Zambia.

  • Diploma in Physiotherapy (1983)
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (1996)
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy (1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in International Research Ethics (2004)

Physiotherapy and health science education, and bioethics.