Our Speakers

Jessie Kabwila

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Jessie Kabwila is an academic and rights activist in Malawi, and a mother of one. She led the 2011 academic freedom struggle of chancellor college academic staff union (CCASU). She is now a member of parliament, and spokesperson for the Malawi Congress party, the main opposition. She began her career as a lecturer in comparative literature, and has completed a PHD in feminist theory.

Charles Mkanthama

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Charles is an Ethnomusicologist, who makes and plays traditional Malawian instruments. He spent 22 years as a primary school teacher, and now owns a private primary school in his home district of Ntchisi. He is in the process of setting up a music school, cultural music museum, and factory for making Ethnomusical instruments. He carries two other important titles, as a Grioter, and a King Soother.

Thoko Chikondi

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Thoko Chikondi is an award winning Malawian photojournalist who is passionate about telling the untold stories of women and children through imagery. Her work seeks to highlight their plight and suggest solutions to their problems. Thoko was the CTA/NEPAD 2011 Southern Africa Award winner for her photographs on the involvement of youth and women in ICTs and Climate Change.

Rodney Jonathan Likaku

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Rodney Jonathan Likaku is a writer, artist and young scholar. He uses creative leadership methods to inform youth projects and entrepreneurial ventures that are designed as innovative solutions to challenges in society. Leading a creative leadership program for college students called Students with Dream designed by a multicultural team for the Malawian context, he hopes to begin prototyping the future of leadership in the continent by emphasizing creativity and collaboration. As an academic, he is a part-time lecturer in English Literature at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

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Theresa is a paramount chief, or Inkosi, of the Dedza District. She has informal authority over more than 900,000 people. She has spent 13 years as a chief, before that working as a College Secretary at Zomba Theological College for 27 years. She comes from a family of traditional rulers, the youngest of twelve siblings.

Dr. Dr. Kingdom Kwapata

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Dr. Kingdom Kwapata is a Molecular Geneticist, working with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) as a Lecturer in Biotechnology. Amongst his achievements Dr. King has an international patent for having invented a method for genetic engineering of beans to confer drought and fungal resistance as well as production of recombinant DNA drugs against HIV. In 2013 he was named as one of the top ten young scientists in Africa under 40 by CTA and FARA

Joanna Gentili

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Joanna has lived in Malawi, Africa for the past 4 years. She has researched why solar has been adopted by only 1% of the population while cell phones have skyrocketed to 40%. She has worked with Malawians, for Malawians, to develop solutions. She is an anthropologist by training and believes strongly in collaboration.

Mangaliso Chima

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Mangaliso Chima is an Architect, with two years of professional experience, graduating from the University of Malawi Polytechnic in 2012. Currently, working with THC Design & Build in Lilongwe as a Design Manager, he has been instrumental in designing and supervising various affordable low cost housing projects. Previously he has worked as a student intern at ArchArt Lab, an architectural firm based in Blantyre before joining the Centre for Community Organization and Development (CCODE) on some Bill and Melinda Gates slum upgrading projects.

Faith Mussa

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Faith is a musician and teacher. He is described as Malawi’s only ‘One Man Band’, combining new technology with traditional Malawian vibes. He comes from a family of musicians, and began playing hand-made gallon guitars at the age of 10. He aims to use his music to speak for the rights of disadvantaged children.

Jonny Jacobs

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Jonny is Co-Founder and former Joint Managing Director of Malawi Mangoes, a progressive agro-processing start-up business. In 5 years the organisation has developed two commercial farms, built an international processing facility, created a 5,000 smallholder farmer-strong rural supply chain and employees over 1,000 local people. He is now developing a new business enterprise directed at helping bridge the gap between the public and private sectors in the development world.

Hastings Mkandawire

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My name is Hastings Mkandawire, CEO for TURBINES Energy. I come from Nkhata bay district. I have the passion to increase electric connectivity to the rural areas to help farmers increase productivity. I have more than 10 years of experience in rural electrification. I have designed and installed more than 100 pieces of hydro power plants in rural areas of Malawi with a total estimated capacity of 300kW of clean energy. Currently, am working on a 100kW power plants and us expected to be commissioned in August 2016. I expect to lead TURBINES Energy towards development of 10 Megawatts of hydropower by 2018.

Will Jameson

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Will lived in Malawi as a gap year student before setting up the award winning Chibuku Shake Shake clubnight in Liverpool. Following Chibuku's success he went on to create the Lake of Stars Festival, using the event to promote Malawian tourism and culture. Lake of Stars has since organised gigs in UK, a road trip from Johannesburg to Lake Malawi and has started more festivals in Malawi such as the Children's Future Festival and LLW Shorts Film Festival.

Felix Kambwiri

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Felix Kambwiri is a 45 year old welder from Dowa who built a helicopter. He dropped out of school in standard 8 and studied at MEDI obtaining a Welding and Metal Works certificate. He is married with 5 children and his work requires him to built ox carts and maize mills on a regular basis. Felix loves to build, he built a helicopter with nothing but imagination and determination. He is planning on building a tuk tuk and ship in the near future.

Patience

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Patience is a 22 year old nutritionist currently working with Baylor College of medicine children’s Foundation Malawi and Kamuzu central hospital. I am a co-founder and executive director of an NGO, Fount for Nations which specializes in special education. I am an educator, and certified adolescent mentor who loves working with youth. I am passionate about Malawi and Africa and feel strongly about the youth taking charge of its development. I love to read, teach and learn.