Willard MwembaActing Director and Chief Executive Officer at COMESA Competition Commission
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 he joined the COMESA Competition Commission. While at the Competition Authority in Zambia, Willard rose to the position of Director of the Mergers and Monopolies Department. During his employee at the Competition Authority in Zambia, Willard handled some very high profile merger cases and initiated and handled investigations on high profile cartels.
Willard joined the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) on 15 January 2013 and became its first head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. While at Commission, Willard drove the process and was instrumental in drafting, inter alia, the COMESA Competition Mergers Operations Manual, Merger Investigation Procedures, COMESA Merger Assessment Guidelines and amendments to the COMESA Merger Notification Form 12. Further, Willard was instrumental and led the team that amended the Rules on the COMESA Merger Notification Thresholds and Merger Filing Fees.
Willard has written extensively on the subject of competition law and has spoken at several high profile fora. He is usually invited as a guest lecturer on the subject at Universities and Colleges in Zambia and beyond. He has conducted extensive trainings in merger control for the mergers departments of the National Competition Authorities in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. In December 2015, Willard conducted extensive training to the Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (the Authority) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on merger case handling. He also developed the merger notification form, claim for confidentiality forms, mergers operations manual, investigation plans and made extensive comments to their Merger Directives. He further recommended substantive and procedural amendments to their Trade Competition and Consumers’ Protection Proclamation to bring it in line with international best practice.
Willard holds two Bachelor’s degrees with specialisation in Law and Economics from the University of Zambia. He also holds a Masters degree in European Union Competition Law from Kings College; London. Willard is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town specialising in competition law. He is a Member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Economics Association of Zambia.