Chisanga Puta-Chekwe attended Sir William Borlase School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, before studying law at the University of Birmingham in England. A Rhodes Scholar, he received graduate degrees in law from the University of London, and in
Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Puta-Chekwe was a partner in the firm, Lloyd Jones and Collins in Zambia from 1980 to 1986, and litigated a number of human rights cases. From 1986 until 1989, he was vice-president of Meridien International Bank in London, England. He then worked as an international development consultant, mostly with the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa from 1989 until 1994.
In 1994, he served as adjudication officer and United Nations observer support officer monitoring the South African election, and in 1996 served as election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.He spent six years with the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, serving as a part-time board member from 1991 until 1994, and as Chair of the Board from 1994 until 1997.
He served as Executive Director of Oxfam Canada between 1997 and 1998.
Chisanga Puta-Chekwe was the founding Chair and CEO of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. He served in that capacity until September 2004 when he became Chair and CEO of the Social Benefits Tribunal.
In 2004 he was named Executive Chair of Ontario’s Social Benefits Tribunal and remained in that capacity until assuming the responsibilities of Country Manager for Zambia for the Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals Limited.
In 2009 Chisanga Puta-Chekwe became Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration as well as Women’s Issues in Ontario. In July 2013 he was also named Deputy Minister for Seniors’ Affairs, taking on additional responsibilities as Deputy Minister for international trade as well in 2014
Chisanga Puta-Chekwe is president of the Masomo Education Foundation, a charity that helps young women and men attain higher education in Zambia. He is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court (England and Wales), and an Advocate of the High Court for Zambia.
Chisanga is the author of An Election to Remember, a book about the 1994 South African election published in Zambia, and Getting Zambia to Work, a book about Zambian politics and economics published in England in 2011.