Board of Directors

Desmond Kaunda
Board Chairperson
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Desmond Kaunda is a highly acclaimed and passionate access to justice, legal, social justice and human rights advocate, researcher and trainer. He has been instrumental in championing access to justice and human rights based approaches generally and children and women’s rights in particular through, among others, research; access to justice and human rights curriculum and manual development; capacity building of the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Judiciary, Malawi Police and NGOs; infrastructure, institutional and systems development (such as construction and refurbishment of Victim Support Units and One Stop Service Centres) and policy and legal advocacy in the fields of children’s rights, women’s right and law enforcement. As a highly trained human rights lawyer, all this work has been successfully carried out based on Mr. Kaunda’s solid and extensive understanding of the UN Global and African Regional Human Rights Frameworks as well and his appreciation of the Malawi legal and policy framework. Mr. Kaunda is the former Director of the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC)- a local grants making and capacity development institution for emerging local Non-State Actors. He is also a former Commissioner of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC). He has conducted numerous access to justice and Human Rights studies, trainings and produced training manuals, handbooks, guidelines etc for Law Enforcement Officials, the Judiciary and Non-State Actors. Mr. Kaunda holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights law from Essex University in the United Kingdom (1996) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Malawi (1994). He was awarded the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Fellowship, which enabled him to undertake his Master’s studies in the United Kingdom. He has worked for close to 20 years in legal, human rights advocacy, social justice and research fields. In 2011, Mr. Kaunda earned a Guest Researcher Fellowship at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark), where his research focused on access to justice for the poor- using Malawi as a Case Study (August 2011 to December 2011). He is also a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow having been awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State to undertake a year of professional development studies in U.S.A. (2012-2013) where his particular interest was studying Formal Systems of Justice, policies and Laws as they intersect with Informal Systems of Justice, policies and Laws. His mission in life is “bringing order to chaos” while his motto is “bringing justice to every situation of injustice.”
Dr Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo
Director of the Board
Dr Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo has a PhD from the University of Warwick (UK), a Masters degree in Law from the University of London (UK) and a law degree from the University of Malawi. She specialises in the study of Labour, Social Security; Business, Women and law. She has published widely on women and law especially in relation to equality in politics, employment, business and social security. She is a senior Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malawi. She has consulted widely including for UNDP, UN Women; ILO; MIM; ODI; NDI; UNFPA;WIEGO, Gender Links and Urgent Action Fund.  She serves as a director on the Boards of Standard Bank, Malawi; Tilitonse Foundation, Malawi; University of Zimbabwe Women’s Law Centre and Equality Effect of Canada and is a Guarantor of SASPEN, a regional grouping on Social Security in Africa.


Core Management Team

Robert White
Chief Executive Officer

Robert White is experienced Development and Governance Expert with multidisciplinary skills and expertize encompassing technical and managerial capabilities; economic, social and political analysis with a focus on civil society organizations (local and international NGOs, networks and coalitions, CBOs), donor and development partner supported projects and programmes, and public institutions. He is a holder of Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics), both obtained from the University of Malawi (Chancellor College). Robert White possesses skills in governance, policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative research skills, advocacy and networking, community mobilization, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis, SRHR programming, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization (including proposal development). He has experience in leading diverse teams, grant management, strategic management, providing capacity development support, resource mobilization, interacting and supporting CSOs especially on governance. He has experience working in various capacities as follows: Development and Governance Consultant at ROGANA Consulting; Capacity Development Manager at Tilitonse Governance Fund; Policy Advisor for the Policy Project of the Futures Groups in Malawi; Regional Policy Advisor for Southern Africa for Oxfam GB based in UK; Advocacy Coordinator for the Joint Oxfam Programme in Malawi; Professional Officer for the Strategic Planning Unit of the National AIDS Control Programme (now NAC).

Robert White has worked on full time employment and as an independent consultant in countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia, Tanzania and the United States of America. In these capacities, he led development and governance interventions and facilitated their programming. Robert White has worked at global, regional, national and community levels – a situation that has provided him with the opportunity to interface with and appreciate development and governance interventions at macro and micro levels. In his full time employment, he has managed grant portfolios and grants to partners, has worked on Gender and Women Rights, HIV and AIDS and Rights Based Approach. His work as an independent consultant included developing capacity of individuals and organizations to undertaken governance interventions and their ability to influence decisions, policies, practices and strategies of governments, regional bodies, donors and development partners. Robert White has knowledge and experience on key governance issues and approaches, and use of concepts such as Theory of Change and Political Economy Analysis. He has vast experience and skills in areas such as strategic management, organizational leadership, skills and expertise in policy analysis and dialogue; advocacy, lobbying and networking; qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; gender analysis and mainstreaming; capacity development through mentoring and coaching; report writing; and workshop and meeting facilitation. Robert White has experience and knowledge of the civil society operations, a general understanding of the development discourse in Malawi and southern Africa, and ability to locate governance within this discourse.

Gladney Mulima, MBA, ACMA, CGMA, B.Com, CPA (M)
Fund and Finance Manager
Gladney is an experienced management accountant, a member of CIMA and CGMA. He has an MBA (Leadership and Change Management) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) degrees.  He has worked both in the private and public sectors and has extensive board level experience and track record of embedding robust financial governance across an organisation to protect cash flows and profitability in ensuring sustainability. Key strengths include assembling and managing teams, leading change management initiatives, embedding financial ownership across management teams to drive superior budgetary performance and track record of leading major cost rationalisation programs to remove non value adding costs (business re-engineering) from a business and drive customer satisfaction.
Elizabeth Mbalule, MBA, BA
Human Resources and Administration Manager
Elizabeth holds a Masters Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has more than 15 years’ experience in human resources and general administration. She has worked for World Vision Malawi as a Business Partner for close to 10 years, Jhpiego as a Human Resources Officer, GOM/EU Micro Projects Programme as an Administrator and before that the defunct MITCO as a Senior Human Resources & Administration Officer.
Amakhosi Jere MBA, BSc, Dip. MMS (Student)
Grants and Partnerships Manager

Amakhosi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mzuzu University of Malawi and Master of Business Administration- Project leadership and Management from the National Institute for Business Management, India.

His management areas of expertise are in business processes coordination and management, strategic management, leadership and change management, growth and business development, project development and management. He has previously worked at Development Aid from People to People Malawi (DAPP) as Senior Grants Administration Specialist. He also worked with Family Health International, FHI360 on the LIFT II project in Malawi. Before, Amakhosi has held roles with VSO-International and Action Aid Malawi. He is passionate about development issues particularly matters that affects women, children and other socially excluded and marginalized groups. He has over this career pioneered a number of developmental programme support women and children in the respective role that he has held.