Professional Bio

  • Ph.D. Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, 1990. Major in Economic Analysis and International Trade. Minor in Finance, Denver University Graduate School.
  • M.S.C. Mineral Economics, Energy and Economic Analysis and International Trade, Colorado School of Mines, 1988
  • M.S.C.I.T. Database Administration and Network Technologies, Regis University, 2002
  • Masters Level Certificate in Object Oriented Programming, Regis University, 2002
  • B.S.C. Metallurgy and Mineral Processing, University of Zambia, 1982
Academic Experience
  • Professor of Economics and Business, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, 2008 to present
  • MBA Degree Chair, Regis University, 2003-07
  • Lead Faculty, Economics and MBA International Business specialization, Regis University, 2000-03
  • Adjunct Professor, Webster University, Denver, Colorado, 1999-2003
  • Affiliate Faculty, Regis University, 1992-99
  • Instructor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
Academic Affiliations
  • Academy of International Business
  • Association for Global Business
  • Global Commerce Forum
  • Academy of Management
Professional Experience
  • Managing Partner, The Powanga Group, 2012 to present
  • Co-Founder, annual Energy Africa Conference, 2007 to present
  • President, Malk International, Inc., Denver, Colorado, 1994-99
  • Vice President, Americall Corporation, Inc., Denver, Colorado, 1992-94
  • Project Manager, Plant Manager, Commissioning Metallurgist, Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, Zambia
Professional Memberships
  • Board of Directors for the Sullivan Free Enterprise
  • Board Member, Sudanese Orphanage
  • Board Member, Elephant Energy
  • Board Member, Metro Chamber
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • Chamber of the Americas
  • Denver Transportation Club
  • Colorado RFID Alliance
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Rockies Venture Club
  • Founding Member, Angel Capital Group
  • Board member, International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (sponsored by various universities and organizations throughout the world)

Research & Scholarship

Journal Publications
  • The Journal of the Current Research in Global Business (peer reviewed), Managing Editor, Fall 2008-Spring 2014
  • Journal of Global Commerce Research, Winter 2010-Winter 2013
  • Luka Powanga, Tom Reynolds, Steve Jobs et al (2012), “Justice Examen”, Regis University.
  • Luka Powanga, Karl Dakins, Don Bush, and Marilyn Force, (2012) “Application of Entrepreneurship to Business Curricula”. Jesuit Higher Education Magazine.
  • Powanga Mwema and Powanga Luka (2008) "Deploying RFID in Logistics: Criteria, Best Practices and Issues", The Business Review Cambridge, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1-10.
  • Powanga Atupele and Luka Powanga (2008) "An Economic Analysis of a Timeshare Ownership", The Journal of Retail and Leisure Property, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 69-83.
  • Powanga Luka (2006) "A business perspective of US Seaborne Security Measures: Impact on importers", Journal for Global Business, Vol 12, No 2 , pp. 67-90.
  • Powanga Luka (2004) "Privatization: Strategies, Issues and Lessons", Journal of International Business and Economics, October 2004.
  • Journal reviews: African Development Journal, Journal of Current Research in Business and Economics, International Society for Business Disciplines, Cornell's Restaurant and Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Global Commerce
Teaching Materials
  • "Divesting the Zambian Copper Mining Industry," 2004. Case Study and Teaching Notes. Richard Ivey School of Business. University of Western Ontario, Case Number 9B04M060. Distributed by Harvard Online.
  • Textbook co-author, Effective Business Decisions, McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 0-256-59526-7
  • Textbook, Managerial Economics, McGraw-Hill Publishing 2007, under business and economics
Trade Magazine Articles
  • "100% Cargo Screening takes off without a any major hitch," CargoNews Asia, September 6, 2010
  • "Container Security at Ports Hinges on People," CargoNews Asia, March 10, 2008
  • "Wider Canal to Boost East Coast Ports," CargoNews Asia, January 28, 2008
  • "Container Cascade will Swamp US Ports," CargoNews Asia, January 14, 2008
  • "Buyers Fear Road, Rail Bottlenecks During Peak Season," CargoNews Asia, August 20, 2007
Video Interviews
  • "Investing in Africa," Cote d’Ivoire National Television, April 20, 2015, Denver.
  • "Energy in Africa," Nigerian Television, Nixon Peabody, Washington DC. October 2, 2014.
  • "Global Commerce Forum: Energy Africa" (2011)
  • "Energy Africa Conference" (2010)
  • "Staying Green in Tough Economic Times," May 19, 2010, Executive Briefing,
  • "An Expanding Panama Canal Makes Waves in U.S. Transportation," March 11, 2009, Executive Briefing,
  • "Integrating Simulations in the Global Business Strategies,"
Academic Presentations
  • Featured Speaker: Africa, Energy Curse and Economic Development, University of Colorado Wolf Law School, Boulder, Colorado, April 24, 2014.
  • Speaker: "Is Africa's Economic Boom Sustainable?" Regis University Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Excellence, April 16, 2014
  • Key Note Speaker: "Africa, the Energy Case," School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, April 14, 2014.
  • Panelist: "The Future of Africa Under Environmental Change: Solution-Based Approaches to Sustainability and Development," Colorado State University, School of Environmental Sustainability, April 9, 2014.
  • Panelist: Africa Infrastructure Business Forum, Dentons Law Firm, Washington DC, April 10, 2014.
  • Guest Speaker: Samuels Engineering, Denver Tech Center, Colorado, March 6, 2014.
  • "Energy Access for All in Africa," Association for Global Business, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 18, 2013.
  • Panelist: Economic Development in Africa, Denver University, November 9, 2013.
  • Vienna Energy Conference in Austria (Conference held by UNIDO and IIASA, May 28-30, 2013). Theme: Energy access to all featuring heads of States from 106 countries.
  • Moderator: "The Energy Water Nexus," presented to the Energy Africa Conference, November 7-8, 2013.
  • Co-presented with the President of the World Trade Center on the statistics for Colorado in international business and the basics of international trade at the "International Business and U" conference, February 28, 2013.
  • Chair: International Conference on Sustainability, Mount Royal University, Canada, October 2012.
  • Facilitator: Round table discussion on "What Are the Observed Gaps Between What the Industry is Offering and the Skills of Sustainability School Graduates?", AACSB Sustainability Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Denver, June 14-16, 2010.
  • "Application of Portfolio Optimization to Economic Evaluation of Upstream Oil and Gas Investments," Regal Sun Resort, Orlando, Florida, November 12-15, 2009.
  • "The Impact of the Panama Canal on the US Transportation Network," Newport Beach, November 2008.
  • "The Financial Crisis and Implication on Investments," Las Vegas, October 2008.
  • "Deploying RFID in Logistics: Criteria, Best Practices and Issues," New York, May 2008.
  • "The State of the United States Transportation Infrastructure," Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2008.
  • "Implementing RFID Technology, Lessons and Issues from the Wal-Mart and Department of Defense Experience," 3rd RFID Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 30, 2007.
  • "Economic Analysis of a Timeshare Vacation Ownership, Association for Global Business," Washington DC, November 15-18, 2007.
  • "Assessing the Current Status of the Radio Frequency Identification Technology using the Adoption, Cost and Hype Curves," New Port Beach California, November 2006.
  • Presenter: "Integrating RFID in Business Processes," International Association for Business Disciplines, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2006.
  • Presenter: "A Business Perspective of US Seaborne Security Measures: Impact on Importers," Association for Global Business Conference, Miami, Florida, November 17-19, 2006.
  • Presenter: "Privatization: Strategies, Issues and Lessons," Academy of International Business and Economics, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 17-19, 2004.
Industry Presentations
  • "Business opportunities in Africa, Untangling Myth From Reality," Cote D’Ivoire Mining Conference, Marriott Hotel, Denver, April 20, 2015.
  • "How to Finance your Business," SBA/SCORE Round Table, April, 8 2015.
  • Presenter & moderator: Energy Africa Conference, various sessions, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, November 13-14, 2014.
  • Speaker: Business Symposium, Regis University, Denver, November 12, 2014.
  • Guest Speaker: Opening of the AfrikMall, with other notable speakers including Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Congressman Mike Coffman. Aurora, Colorado, March 29, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker: Global Business Expansion, Africa Briefing, event held by the US Department of Commerce to announce the Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker’s, Energy Development Mission to West Africa. Denver, March 4th, 2014.
  • Participant: Combined World Bank/IMF Africa Infrastructure Finance Meeting, World Bank, Washington, DC, April 10, 2014.
  • Ministerial Forum, Angola-Infrastructure Financing, St. Regis Hotel, Washington DC, April 10, 2014.
  • Colorado Secretary of State Community Leaders Luncheon, March 18, 2014.
  • African American Community Leadership Luncheon by invitation only with Congresswoman, Diana Degette, discussing the economy, jobs and healthcare, January 24, 2014.
  • High Level Discussion Panelist: Project Financing in Africa, National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, DC, December 6, 2013.
  • African Energy, Economic Development and Business Prospects, Denver University Law School, theme: International Legal Perspectives on the Future of Development, November 9, 2013.
  • Presenter & moderator: Energy Africa Conference, various sessions, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, November 8-9, 2013.
  • US-Africa Business Summit. Theme: Latest trade and investment opportunities in Africa's most promising sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, capacity building, security, ICT and finance. Chicago, October 8-12, 2013.
  • African-American Institute, round table session featuring the Presidents of Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Namibia. Theme: Unlocking Africa’s Greatest Asset for 60 Years. New York, September 25, 2013.
  • White House briefing on the President’s trip to Africa, the Power Africa Energy Initiative, and planning for the US-Africa Policy for the remaining years of the Obama Presidency. Briefing led by Senior Director for Africa, Grant Harris. Washington DC, September 17, 2013.
  • World Bank Discussions on Africa led by the President of Sierra Leone, H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, the Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Washington DC, September 18, 2013.
  • Nigeria’s Economic Outlook and Investment Prospects, high level discussions with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister, Economy and Finance, Nigeria; H.E. Professor Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, Nigeria; and Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group. Washington DC, September 18, 2013.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) roundtable on US–Africa trade, led by Executive Vice President of OPIC, Mimi Alemayehou, Washington DC, September 19, 2013.
  • Business Forum to discuss President Barack Obama’s new Power Africa Initiative, led by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and executives from GE and IFC. Washington, DC, September 20, 2013.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foreign Affairs, led by Congresswoman Karen Buss, part of the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The Africa Brain Trust provides an outlet to highlight the mission of the CBC to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public. Speakers included Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank, and Jay Ireland, President and CEO GE Africa, Washington DC, September 21, 2013.
  • 2013 Vienna Energy Conference, held by UNIDO and IIASA. Theme: Energy access to all featuring heads of states from 106 countries, Austria, May 28-30, 2013.
  • Moderator: “The Energy Water Nexus," presented to the Energy Africa Conference, Golden, Colorado. November 7-8, 2013.
  • Presenter: Better Business Bureaus of the Midwest States of the United States. Overview of economic outlook presented to chief executive officers, Magnolia Hotel Denver, May 18, 2010.
  • Presenter: "How does the 'old energy' fit into the 'new energy' economy?" to senior executives of utilities companies, attendance by invitation only, Executive Evening, Denver Athletic Club, May, 12, 2010.
  • "The Multimodal Transportation System: Fragmentation or coordination, the case of the Panama Canal," presented at the Operation Stimulus Conference, Global Crossroads, Future of Transportation, Denver, 2009.
  • "The Financial Crisis and Implications on Energy Investment Projects," International Conference on Energy, Logistics and the Environment, organized by the Global Commerce Forum, Las Vegas Nevada, October 2008.
  • "Implementing RFID Technology: Lessons and Issues from the WalMart and Department of Defense Experience." Savannah-Shanghai Connection, organized by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Shanghai. Savannah, Georgia, June 2008.
  • The State of the United States Economy and Impact on Small Businesses, Longmont Chamber of Commerce, Business to Business EXPO 2008.
  • "Outsourcing: When Do You Know Your Company is Ready to Outsource or Bring Functions in In-House or Change Vendors?" 5th Logistics and 3rd Outsourcing Conference, Atlanta Georgia, June 25-27, 2007.
  • "All you want to know about RFID," 3rd RFID Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 30 - December 1, 2006.
  • Presenter: "Strategic Management," Training Solutions Conference and Expo 2007, Denver Convention Center.
  • Presenter: "Application of Strategic Management to Training Needs," Training Solutions Convention, Denver Convention Center, November 2006.
  • "Managing Supply Chain Disruptions," 3rd Party Logistics Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 16-18, 2006.

Awards & Recognition

  • College for Professional Studies (CPS) Award for Social Justice, 2014
  • Finalist for the St. John Francis Regis Service Award for humanitarian initiatives/activities, 2013 (an award given by Regis University to faculty who have shown leadership in community service and humanity activities)
  • Best paper Award, Association for Global Business, New Orleans, 2012
  • Contribution on behalf of Luka Powanga to the Terry L. Priest Transportation Education Fund in the Amount of $100 (in the place of a plaque) by the Denver Transportation Club following the presentation at the Operation Stimulus 2009: The Future of Transportation
  • Best Paper Award for Outstanding Research in the field of Global Business, Newport Beach, November 2008
  • The Global Management & Information Technology Research Conference Award for A Distinguished Speaker, New York, Business Review Cambridge, May 2008
  • Best Paper Award for Outstanding Research as determined by peers, Association for Global Business, Miami, November 2005

Community Involvement & Service

Institutional Service - Regis University
  • Academic Council
  • Graduate Council
  • Steering committee for AACSB criteria
  • Dean for School of Management Hiring Committee
  • Committee for Developing the School of Management Mission
  • Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Classroom Task Force Committee
  • School of Management Restructuring committee
  • Various faculty hiring committees
  • Economics and Social Responsibility Committee
  • Student retention committee
  • University Research and Scholastic Council
  • Internationalization Committee
  • College of Business and Economics, Vision and Mission Committee
  • Accreditation Committee
  • Social Justice Committee
  • Jesuit Higher Education on the Margins