Dr. Foster Kholowa


QUALIFICATION: PhD in Education (early literacy development)


ORGANIZATION: Chancellor College, University of Malawi

ADDRESS: P.O.Box 280 Zomba, Malawi


PHONE: +265 888 554 203 / +265 99 465 3160

OTHER_CONTACTS: Fax: +265 1 524 046

Dr Foster Kholowa is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He was Dean of Education up until December 2016.

He did his Bachelor of Education at the University of Malawi and an MA in Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK. He later did a PhD in Education (early literacy development) at the University of Malawi and University of Sussex in the UK. Additionally, Dr Foster Kholowa completed a postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies in Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland, UK). He further studied and specialized in Early Childhood Development through the Early Childhood Virtual University (ECDVU) at the University of Victoria in Canada.

Over the years Foster Kholowa has played an active role in both Education and Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Malawi in terms of research, Policy development, curriculum/materials development, and capacity building of education and ECD practitioners at various levels. He is often consulted by UN Agencies, Malawi Government, World Bank on ECD.

Dr Kholowa's notable publications (2008 — 2014) include:

Neuman, M.J., McConnell & Kholowa, F. From Early Childhood Development Policy to Sustainability: The Fragility of Community-Based Childcare Services in Malawi. International Journal of Early Childhood Development Volume 45, Number 3, February 2014, ISSN0020-7187

Kholowa, F. & Ellis, S, (2010) Growing up in rural Malawi: dilemmas of childhood in Clark, M & Tucker, S, Early Childhoods in a changing world. London: Trentham

Dixon, K, Place, and Kholowa, F. In(sites): Examining early literacy practices at home and school in rural Malawi and South Africa in South African Review of Education (SARE), Volume 14, No3, December 2008, pp.5-21

Kholowa, F. & Maluwa-Banda, D. (March 2008) Early Childhood Education and Development in Malawi: Major Challenges and Prospects, In: Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, Volume 20, No. 1

Mr. Joseph Kondwani Kazima


QUALIFICATION: Master of Business Administration

OCCUPATION: GENDER SPECIALIST, Assistant Director of Gender Affairs,

ORGANIZATION: Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability & Social Welfare Headquarters,

ADDRESS: Floor 1 Gemini House, City Center, P/Bag 330, Lilongwe 3


PHONE: +265 882 117968 / +265 1 770 411

OTHER_CONTACTS: Skype: joseph.kazima

Trustee Kazima has over 20 years' experience in gender as a practitioner and policy maker. Working as Assistant Director of Gender affairs, Trustee Kazima oversees all gender mainstreaming and gender analysis programming. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Equality Studies (United Nations University) 2014; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree (Derby University) 2010; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture (University of Malawi) 2002.

Currently heading Gender Mainstreaming Division; and Acting Director of Gender Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Trustee Kazima has previously worked as a Secondary School teacher with Ministry of Education and as an Agricultural Development Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security.

Trustee Kazima's unique gender expertise is demonstrated in the following achievements:

  1. Organization and co-facilitation of a United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security International Conference under the theme Persistence of gender inequalities in Conflict Prevention and Peace Processes in April 2014, University of Iceland;
  2. Design and coordination of various programmes such as the National Gender Programme (2004-2009) funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy; UNDP Funded Gender Mainstreaming and Equality Programme (2008-2010) which accounted for the increased numbers of women parliamentarians in 2009 from 14% to 22%; and the Comprehensive Gender and HIV and AIDS Project for the Agriculture Sector funded by OXFAM (2003-04)
  3. Formulation, implementation and review of various gender related policies such as the National Gender Policy (2015); Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Women and Child Development (2011-2016); Joint Sector Strategic Plan on Gender, Youth and Sports (2012-2017); and the Gender and HIV and AIDS Strategy for the Agriculture Sector (2003-08), among others;
  4. Designed and facilitated gender analysis and mainstreaming training for a total of 600 Reserve Bank of Malawi members of staff over a period of one month in October 2013;
  5. Conducted a Gender Assessment Study for SOS Children Villages Malawi in 2013;
  6. Designed and facilitated National Gender Analysis Practical Training for MUSSCO field staff, March 2012, Lilongwe, Malawi;
  7. Coordination of the compilation and defence of various country reports such as the Combined 5th and 6th Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Report (2008); 7th CEDAW Report (2013); Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (2009); Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (2014);
  8. Facilitated Participatory Gender Audit (Assessment) for the UNHCR, UNDP and FAO, coordinated by UNDP with technical support from International Labour Organization (ILO), June 2011, Lilongwe, Malawi; and
  9. Coordinated the development of various standards and guidelines on gender such as the Gender Training Manual 2003, Gender mainstreaming guidelines, 2004; and Gender Responsive Budgeting Guidelines, 2004.

Ms. Mary Maere


QUALIFICATION: A Chartered Management Accountant, a Chartered Marketer, Master's degree in Strategic Business Management, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.


ORGANIZATION: Christian Health Association of Malawi

ADDRESS: P.O Box 30378, Lilongwe, Malawi


PHONE: +265 99 998 7926


Trustee Ching'ang'a has over 18 years' experience in financial management acquired both in Malawi and the United Kingdom. She is a Chartered Management Accountant, a Chartered Marketer, holds a Master's degree in Strategic Business Management, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Mary's experience over the years covers both advisory and hands on roles in: (i) financial planning and monitoring; (ii) treasury and cash management; (iii) operations management; (iv) procurement; (v) internal controls; (vi) project management; (vii) change management; (viii) people management; and (ix) contracts management. Trustee Ching'ang'a serves in other Boards and has previously worked in middle and senior finance and administration positions including with; Christian Health Association of Malawi as Head of Finance and Administration, Plan International - Malawi as Country Finance Manager, Department for International Development (DFID) — Malawi as Finance & Facilities Manager/ Deputy Head of Corporate Services Unit, an accountant in a number of organizations in the United Kingdom, Senior Business Development Officer with National Finance Company Limited (Mw) and Auditor with Graham Carr Audit Company.

Hon. Ombudsman Martha Chizuma Mwangonde


QUALIFICATION: Master of Laws in International Economic Law



ADDRESS: P/Bag 348, Lilongwe, Malawi


PHONE: +265 1 77 5874, / +265 99 531 1502


Trustee Mwangonde has established expertise and experience in governance and Administrative Justice, and litigation and adjudicating on cases from 13 years of legal practice. Currently working as Ombudsman of the Republic of Malawi (December 2015 to date), Trustee Mwangonde has previously worked as a Legal Counsel in profit making companies e.g. Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited. She also worked as Deputy Chairperson of Industrial Relations Court-(IRC) - Industrial Relations court is established under the Labor Relations Act of Malawi to hear and determine all labor and employment cases in Malawi. She also worked as Assistant Registrar in the High court and Supreme Court of appeal 2003 — 2006 and a Senior Resident Magistrate. Trustee Mwangonde advises a number of national Civil society organization boards, and though the youngest Ombudsman in the world, she is the African Regional Director of the International Ombudsman Institute.

Trustee Mwangonde is currently pursuing a PhD in Development studies, University of Malawi and holds a Post Graduate Education from University of East London, UK; Master of Laws, International Law and World Economy; (LLM) with Merit and Bachelor of Laws with Honours {LLB) with University of Malawi. She is affiliated to : Malawi Bar (member), Women Lawyers Association of Malawi (member) and Women Judges Association of Malawi (founding member and ex-official). Trustee Mwangonde has been instrumental to the development of CRECCOM Policies and is the legal counsel to CRECCOM Board. Some of her notable achievements include:

  • Awarded a certificate in promotion of labor standards through corporate social responsibilities by International Training Centre- ILO, Turin Italy September 2008;
  • Certificate in International labor standards for judges, lawyers and legal educators by the International Training Center-ILO, Turin Italy, August, 2009;
  • Represented the Industrial Relations Court-(IRC) of Malawi at training in United Kingdom on handling of employment cases at the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal of England and Wales sponsored by DFID, 2009.
  • Awarded a certificate in Contract drafting and Negotiation, by Katlego Consulting, South Africa, 2013.
  • Certificate of Excellence in Leadership Development Programme for Managers (Universal Leaf), 2014.
Some written articles include:
  1. National Legislation, Policy and Strategy on Child Labour in Malawi: Identifying the Gaps, 2012.
  2. Child Labour and Tobacco Production in Malawi: Causes, solutions, challenges and opportunities, 2012.
  3. The role of the Malawian Courts in dealing with workplace discrimination, 2008.
  4. Comparative analysis on supra-nationality and Institutional Transformation: SADC and ECOWAS, 2007.