Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, the Chairperson of the United Africa Group, a multi-million dollar business empire continues to soar high in the mainly male dominated environment.

The inauguration of the Hilton Windhoek, the first five-star Hotel in Namibia, is her latest development. Her passion and determination to succeed has been the engine that has driven her through seemingly impossible situations to become the Chairperson of over 42 highly diversified subsidiaries of her company. While the Hospitality portfolio is the pinnacle of her business, financial services, property development, as well as energy development are ventures that the group has also pursued with success.


Martha attributes her success not only to her determination to succeed but also to her ability to positively harness diversity for the benefit of her companies and the people she works with. Martha’s tenacity and resilient attributes were inherited from her late father who instilled in her the drive to take risks as a tool to break walls of failure.
Martha holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of California Berkley, USA; a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Santa Clara, California, USA and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville Virginia, USA.

Martha holds the positions of Chairperson, Director and Board member in a number of reputable business organisations such as:


And many others such as Diamond Company of Namibia, Board of Trustees of Namibia Business School and Hope Village-an initiative that extents HOPE to HIV/AIDS victims.

Martha’s focus is to pull together and leverage the strengths of large and small businesses both nationally and regionally. Her heart for people has given her a name even in philanthropic activities in Namibia. Donations, education grants and the administration of pension grants have been part of her contributions into the society.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”