Stephen Simukanga is a Zambian and has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia from July 2007 to 22nd June 2015.He served as Registrar of the Engineers’ Registration Board of Zambia from 2000 to 2010.He was Vice-President, Membership and Continuous Professional Development, of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, position from 2014 to 2017.He had served the University of Zambia for 23 years, before July 2007 as a lecturer/Researcher in the School of Mines of the University of Zambia where he rose to the position of Professor in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing. Stephen Simukanga has served as visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town and University of Zimbabwe.He has also served as External Examiner in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in other universities. He has also supervised a number of postgraduate students. He has published scientific papers in the area of Metallurgy and Mineral Processing. Stephen Simukanga was Coordinator of the Mineral Resources Unit of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, located at the School of Mines of the University of Zambia from 2003 to 2015.
He is currently the Director General of the Higher Education Authority, the position he has held since January 2016. He sits on various Boards both local and international of which he chairs some of them. Stephen is married to Agnes and they have 4 children.
He holds a PhD in Process Metallurgy from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He is Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of both the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Engineering Institution of Zambia. He served as Registrar of the Engineers’ Registration Board of Zambia from 2000 to 2010.