Profile

I started out working at the grassroots…

I worked with Plan International and Konrad Adenauer Foundation to support communities to be involved in political processes as well as to influence policies on issues that affect them. I mobilized and trained women, youth and children and helped them to access platforms of decision making. Then I worked with with the EU on the electoral process in Malawi and UN Women on ending violence against women and girls. Read more on my LinkedIn.

Then I moved on to working in global spaces…

I worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on their Youth Program. In this role, I contributed to giving technical advisory to governments of the member states on youth policies, youth networks and meaningful youth engagement. One of the high level diplomatic engagements I was tasked with were as special aide to the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General on bi-lateral missions to SADC, Botswana, South Africa and various High Commissions in London. Another was as Special aide to the Conference Secretary for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting.

My biggest career move was…

Joining the World Bank as Young Professional. We were told that about nine thousand people competed for just over fifty positions. And I made it!  At the Bank, I work on various dimensions of social development including social inclusion, social resilience, citizen engagement and gender based violence. More broadly, I also contribute to social risk and impact management in investment project financing, making sure that people are at the center of all our projects. With the Bank, I have worked with client countries in East and the Horn of Africa, Europe and Central Asia. My current work stimulates and challenges me in equal measures, a dream job in that sense.

I felt most proud of my work…

On advocacy where a strategy I developed for Plan International led to organizing young campaigners from across Malawi to champion the passing of constitutional amendments of February 2017 to end child marriages. The strategy itself was recognized as a game-changer.

I am at my best when…

I am rallying people together. Whether we are gathering for tea, or hosting a home cooked meal or bringing people together for community serviceBetween 2009- 2012, I mobilized and trained over 1000 young politicians across Malawi, of which about 30 contested for elected office in 2014 national Elections in Malawi and more continue to participate actively in political parties to date. In 2014, I co-founded and led Rotaract Club of Lilongwe as the Charter President; bringing together young professionals to conduct community service of sorts.  In 2016, I initiated and convened a Commonwealth Youth Network- CommonTies and during the same period up to 2017 was a Commonwealth Liaison for the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network.  I have been a part of fundraisers here and here. I am working on a project- Duku Series; a digital platform to tell stories of Malawian Women. Every other week, our dining table is full of friends, love and laughter, over  a big Sunday lunch or bottomless cups of tea. 

I dared to… 

Produce and host live radio. I was 21, fresh out of college, zero broadcasting training or experience. One day I found myself in a studio, just about to go live on air with a shaking voice; after I convinced my manager that it was a good idea to take the work we do to radio and create a space for young people, politicians, and various political players including the general public to have conversations. I produced and hosted the weekly live radio program for a year and 8 years on, the program still airs on Transworld Radio Malawi

After all these years…

I am still most passionate about people.

Working with people, for people; listening to people, supporting people, bringing out the best in people, making friends with all kinds of people, helping to make a positive difference in the lives of people…

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Disclaimer: “The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and positions of the World Bank or any other institutional affiliation that I have held in the past or at present.”