Board of Directors

Board Chairperson

Desmond Kaunda
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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.

Director of the Board

Dr. Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo

Dr. Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo She 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; 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.

Board Member

Mavuto Kapyepye

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.

Board Member

Charity Mseka

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.

Board Member

Thom Mtenje

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.

Board Member

Alinafe Mitiyani

Alinafe Mitiyani is the first and only female member of Standard Bank IT management team of 11 managers. Managed to set up an IT helpdesk 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 researches with university students at National college of IT on IT trends. Voluntary website administrator of Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Foundation. Appointed to support IT departments of Standard Bank in Lesotho, Swaziland on special projects.

Board Member

Ulemu Chiluzi

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.

Core Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Robert White

BSoC (Economics), MA (Economics)

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.

Governance, Research and Development Manager (Deputy C.E.O)

Chandiwira Chisi,

BSc Demographic Studies, BSc Demographic Studies, Post-graduate certificates in Good Governance and Human Rights (University of Pretoria), Development Economics (Kwazulu Natal University) among others

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.

Fund and Finance Manager

Gladney Mulima


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


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.

Team members

Grants Officer

Sheila Mjuweni

BSc Accountancy, Diploma in Accounting

Grants Officer

Robson K. Chidule

BSc Applied Accounting, Auditing and Information Systems, Diploma in Accounting Technician (PAEC/ ICAM)

Capacity Development and Mentoring Officer

Tukupina Nyirenda

BA Humanities (Sociology, French), Diploma in Human Resource and Personnel Management

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Geoffrey Chiyuzga Singini

BSc Mathematical Sciences, Education (Statistics and Computing), MSc IT, MSc Biostatistics

Accounts Officer

Thokozire Mtetemera

BSc Applied Accounting, Auditing and Information Systems, ACCA Part 2, CAT Diploma

Administrative Assistant

Towera Nkhoma

Bachelor of Science (education), Diploma in Financial accounting (ICAM/ACCA joint scheme)


Ellen Musiya

Higher Diploma in Business Management (ABE)


Garnet Rovern Msowoya

Certificate in Motor Vehicle Systems (Chassis System 1) City and Guilds