Is a Technical Officer, World Health Organization, Department for health workforce with focus on nursing and midwifery. Prior to this, worked in other WHO Departments; Mental Health and Substance Dependence (1998-2003) and Gender and Women's Health (2003-2005). The scope of work has involved generation of advocacy and technical documents related to the nursing and midwifery workforce, training, training material development, programme development, monitoring and evaluation and operational research. Before this, served at the International Federation of the Red Cross, Geneva (1993-1995) as Senior Officer, Department of Health and as an independent consultant there after (1996-1998). She has also worked with the World Wide Young Women’s Christian Association, Geneva(1992). She is a registered nurse/ midwife and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing with a major in Community Health Nursing, post graduate training in Management Development and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development. Has worked as registered nurse-midwife in Zambia and as a registered nurse in the USA (Georgia and Illinois). Mwansa Nkowane has authored and co/authored various articles on a broad range of topics, alcohol and other substance use, gender and on contribution of nurses and midwives to global initiatives such as polio a eradication, integrated management of childhood illness and HIV/AIDs.