Board of Directors
With close to 20 years in legal, human rights advocacy, social justice, and research fields, Desmond 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, as well as a former Commissioner of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC). He is a highly acclaimed social justice and human rights advocate, researcher and trainer. He has been instrumental in championing access to justice and human rights-based approaches in general and for children and women’s rights in particular through, among others capacity building of the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Judiciary, Malawi Police and NGOs, Victim Support Units and One Stop Service Centres.
Dr. Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo
Director of the Board
Dr. Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malawi. She specialises in the study of Labour, Social Security, Business, Women and law especially in relation to equality in politics. She has consulted widely including for UNDP, UN Women, ILO, ODI, NDI, WIEGO, Gender Links and Urgent Action Fund. She serves as a Director on the Boards of Standard Bank, 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
Mavuto Kapyepye is an international consultant in Organisation Development (OD), an academic at the University of Malawi, author, motivational speaker, coach, and entrepreneur. He has worked with the Wildlife and Environment Society of Malawi (WESM), the Capacity Building Unit for Non-Governmental Organisations (CABUNGO), as Country Manager in Malawi for the Media for Development (UK) and was responsible for Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) [now Development Communication Trust – DCT], and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). Now, he is CEO for Mlambe Consulting Africa (MCAf) and has conducted numerous livelihood research assignments in rural communities in Malawi among other countries.
Charity Mseka is a professional Accountant at the Reserve Bank of Malawi with 35 years of experience in central banking and of these 12 years at senior level. She has a proven track record of success in leadership, financial and management accounting and operations, capabilities in implementing process improvements, delivering solutions within budget and timelines. She is skilled in Project Management, Financial acumen, Procurement, and Strategic planning.
Tom Mtenje is Deputy Team Leader for the Social Protection Program at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Having over 10 years of management experience as well as extensive experience in capacity building and multi-stakeholder coordination at local and national levels, within the international donor community, and various agencies of the Government of Malawi, he also worked at the Consumer’s Association of Malawi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Ministry of Economic Planning. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his understanding and ability to navigate government processes and regulations as well as build and nurture strong working relationships with senior officials in Government, NGOs, donors, the private sector and academia.
Alinafe Mitiyani is the Head of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) at World Food Programme Malawi Office, being in the front line in ensuring that WFP fulfils its objective of providing assistance to hundreds of beneficiaries across Malawi in the fight against hunger. Having also worked at Standard Bank as service Delivery Manager, she managed to set up an IT help desk for Standard Bank, appointed out of 16 IT Service Managers in Africa to sit in South Africa (Standard Bank Group) on two occasions and acted as IT Service availability Manager for 4 months and 3 months, serving 16 countries. Actively works with students of National college of IT in various research on IT trends, voluntary website administrator for Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Foundation,also appointed to support IT departments of Standard Bank in Lesotho,Swaziland on special projects
Ulemu Chiluzi has over 18 years’ experience in programme management, fundraising/resource mobilisation and communication in different international NGO’s like Care International, Concern-Universal, Plan International Malawi, ActionAid Malawi and currently Self Help Africa. He participated in the implementation of multi-country projects. Using Human Rights-based Approach, building networks and collaborations with like-minded organisations, working in solidarity with the poor and local organisations to achieve greater impact, he designed, financed and implemented interventions in Education, Livelihood and Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Child and Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS and Governance.
Alipo Nyondo is a seasoned Chartered Accountant, specialising in Internal and External Audit, Advisory and Consulting Services and General Accounting. Alipo is a Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a holder of a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from The University of Malawi, Polytechnic. He is also a member of ICAM. Alipo has over 20 years working experience and is currently the Head of Internal Audit for Standard Bank Malawi. Prior to joining Standard Bank, Alipo worked with PWC Ireland covering a diverse client portfolio. Other prior international experience includes secondments to Deloitte Offices in Miami USA and in Zimbabwe. Currently Alipo serves Tilitonse foundation as Director and is the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. Other Board experience include a representation of Standard Bank on BAM’s Finance and Audit Committee and also a member of the Membership and Publicity Committee of IIAM
Core Management Team
BSoC (Economics), MA
Chief Executive Officer
Robert White is an experienced Development and Governance Expert with a background in economics and a focus on Gender and Women Rights, HIV and AIDS and Rights-Based Approach. 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, and workshop and meeting facilitation. He proved his multidisciplinary skills with his work at and for ROGANA Consulting, Tilitonse Governance Fund, the Policy Project of the Futures Groups in Malawi, Oxfam GB, the Joint Oxfam Programme in Malawi, and National AIDS Control Programme (now NAC), and as an independent consultant in countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Robert White has experience in and knowledge of the civil society operations in Malawi, and a general understanding of the development discourse in southern Africa, including the ability to locate governance within this discourse.
BSc Demographic Studies, Post-graduate certificates in Good Governance and Human Rights (University of Pretoria), Development Economics (Kwazulu Natal University) among others
Governance, Research and Development Manager (Deputy C.E.O)
Chandiwira Chisi has 20 years’ experience working in the civil society sector having worked for both local and international organisations. He has vast experience in Governance and Development work with a strong focus on building capacity of grassroots, national and international organisations. He has had stellar advocacy and campaigns experience both locally and internationally and widely interfaced and influenced stakeholders at different levels in his advocacy and campaigns endeavour. He has worked for the Church and Society Programme of C.C.A.P Synod of Livingstonia, in the Senior Management Team for ActionAid International, Tilitonse Fund and now Tilitonse Foundation. He has also had a stint in consultancy with several organisations in capacity development and development of advocacy strategies. He is a Board Member for CEWAG and founding member and Guarantor for Integrity Platform.
MBA, ACMA, CGMA, B.Com, CPA (M)
Fund and Finance Manager
Gladney Mulima is an experienced management accountant, a member of CIMA and CGMA. He has extensive board-level experience and worked both in the private and public sectors in embedding robust financial governance across organisations to protect cash flows and profitability in ensuring sustainability, 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.
Human Resources and Administration Manager
Elizabeth Mbalule 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.
Grants & Partnership Manager
MA – Governance and Public Policy ( University of Queensland Australia) 2013
Australian Leadership Award Scholar (ALAS) 2012
Bachelor of Social Science- University of Malawi
Tinkhani Khonje is a seasoned Governance and Human Rights Specialist with over 18 years extensive experience in the field. Before joining Tilitonse Foundation, she worked for Trocaire as a Governance and Human Rights Advisor where her primary role was to manage and supervise the implementation of various projects. Ms Khonje also worked for Malawi Human Rights Commission as Deputy Director responsible for Education, Information and Training Programmes for the Commission where she was actively involved in designing and implementing educational programmes on Human Rights and Rights Based Approaches for both right holders and duty bearers and advocate and lobby for Policy and Legal Framework that creates a conducive environment where citizens are able to participate and contribute their views without the fear of reprisal. To this end she closely worked and interacted with members of various parliamentary Committees and stakeholders from both Government and Civil society Organisations.
BSc Accountancy, Diploma in Accounting
Geoffrey Chiyuzga Singini
BSc Mathematical Sciences, Education (Statistics and Computing), MSc IT, MSc Biostatistics
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
BA Humanities (Sociology, French), Diploma in Human Resource and Personnel Management
Capacity Development and Mentoring Officer
Bachelor of Science (education), Diploma in Financial accounting (ICAM/ACCA joint scheme)
BSc Applied Accounting, Auditing and Information Systems, ACCA Part 2, CAT Diploma
Higher Diploma in Business Management (ABE)
Garnet Rovern Msowoya
Certificate in Motor Vehicle Systems (Chassis System 1) City and Guilds