She holds an International Diploma in Modern Management and Administration from Cambridge University (1995), Diploma in Secretarial Studies from The Polytechnic (1989), and has attended a Procurement and Disbursement Course organized by the World Bank (Jan 1997 to July 1998). She has also attended various short courses including Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and Finance for Non-Finance Managers. In her career life she has worked as Administration and Personnel Manager for Fitzwilliam from 1998 to 2000, as Programmes Assistant/Procurement and Disbursement Officer for World Bank, Malawi from 1994 to 1998. From 1990 to 1993 she worked as Programmes Assistant at Peter Richards and Partners, Lilongwe and between 1989 and 1990 she served as Personal Assistant to the Resident Partner at Hanscomb Partners in Lilongwe. Commissioner Mathanga has been an entrepreneur since 2000 serving as Managing Director of Gasom Holdings. She is also co-founder and director of Grain Traders Processors Association of Malawi, co-founder of Women in Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance, President of Women in Agri-Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance, Malawi Chapter, and Chairperson of Women Horticulture Association of Malawi. Mrs Mathanga has served as board member for the National Youth Council (2001 to 2002), for National Initiative for Civic Education (2004 to 2006), Vice-Board chairperson of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (2010 to 2012) and board chairperson of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (2014 to 2016).
Bishop Mary Nkosi holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Polytechnic of Central London and Bachelor of Science (Biology and Psychology) from the University of Malawi. She worked as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi from 2003 to 2013. Between 1995 and 2003 she worked with Fincom bank (now Nedbank) rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer. She joined National Bank between 1973 as a Clerk and left in 1995 at the position of Head of Corporate Banking. In her career as a banker she has also served as President of Bankers Association of Malawi (1992 to 2000) and also as its first vice-president between 1996 and 1998 and also as Acting Executive Secretary of COMESA Bankers Association from 1999 to 2003. Currently she is serving as board member for G4S Security Services, FDH Bank, World Vision Malawi and COMESA Committee of Elders. She has also served as board member for Privatisation Commission, Air Malawi, Press Agriculture, Alexander Forbes, Malawi Entrepreneurs Development Institute, Vanguard Life Assurance, Children’s Fund, Christian Service Committee, Malawi Gaming Board, National Lotteries Board, Vice-Chairperson of the Malawi Constitution Review Committee, Lilongwe handling Company, Malawi Interfaith Council and Evangelical Association of Malawi Advisory Council. She was ordained as pastor of the ving Waters Church in 2001 and later a Bishop in 2013.
Ms Linda Kunje holds an MBA and an Advanced Diploma in Management (ADM). She is also a Certified Lean Expert, Certified Project Manager and Certified Business & Process Analyst.
Currently she serves as a Manager within Price Water House Coopers (PWC)’s Advisory Services based in Lilongwe, Malawi. She boasts 21 years experience in private and public sector, academia and NGO space. 10 years of which was spent in the real estate business in which letting and selling of commercial buildings was the main focus including negotiating lease contracts terms; due diligence; facility management; property management and leasing management. She went on to be a Lean Coordinator and Business Process Analyst in which optimisation of operational policies, processes, structures and systems; change management and implementation, knowledge management through Management Information Systems Reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation, project management, dashboards and strategy alignment featured prominently with the fourth largest bank in South Africa (Nedbank). She also worked as Business Analyst looking at end to end processes and working at the best solutions given the requirements. While working there, Linda was also involved with Learning &Development for Employment Equity issues. Having realized the importance of nurturing the people aspect in organisations, she went on to buy a franchise in personal leadership development and as a Map4Life Franchise Principal she got involved in Training, Mentoring, Coaching and Motivating Personal Leadership, Strategy & Development that is helping people and organisations find balance and purpose in work, life and play; so that they pursue it with passion and perseverance. She went on further to work on strategy, Public relations and engaging in gender mainstreaming and gender programs with Ministry of Gender, Malawi which included engaging with stakeholders on policy issues and capacity building using the ministry as the enabler and platform as well as Advocacy work; Adjunct lecturer with MIM on Organisational Development and Business Processes and Analysis; Independent Consultant in private, public and Civil Society space and founded Songiso and Maala foundation concentrating on poverty alleviation and economic development issues with focus on women/girls, youth and under-privileged. She also lectured at Riverton University on part-time basis for a Masters’ Level program in Social Psychology, Social Work and Social Welfare. She is also a gender activist. She also worked as a Business Development Expert for Zimkole Mining Group.
Assignments carried out (Malawi & South Africa)
Mrs Elvey Kalonga Mtafu first served as Commissioner between May 19, 2012 and May 18, 2016. She holds a BSc. in physiotherapy from the University of Tuebingen, Germany obtained in 1974. She worked as chief physiotherapist before opening her own practice in 1985. She returned home in 1986 to continue with private practice. She has also served as chairperson of the Physiotherapy Association of Malawi (PAM). Between 1999 and 2009 she was UDF MP for Mulanje Bale and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology between 2004 and 2005. During her parliamentary tenure she was chairperson of Public Appointments Committee and SADC-Parliamentary Forum (PF) Health Committee, member of SADC-PF executive committee and vice-chairperson of the SADC-PF Election Observer Team in Zimbabwe in 2000.
The Very Reverend Dr Killion Mgawi trained as a teacher between 1948 and 1950 and trained as a church minister at Nkhoma Theological College for four years. In 1977 he went to South Africa where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts Theology Degree 1 at the University of the North before proceeding to England in 1960 to train as a youth worker. He has worked with the Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP for 53 years being its first Malawian Secretary General and retired in 2008. With Nkhoma Synod he ministered in five churches and served in several positions including youth worker, lecturer in Youth Work at Chongoni Lay Training Centre, religious youth worker (instructor) in secondary schools and University of Malawi, synod moderator and tutor at Nyamukawala Theological College. He also served as Chairman of Kongwe secondary School Board of Governors, William Murray Secondary School Board of Governors and first director of Nkhoma Synod Museum. He has also held several position in national church organisations including moderator of general Synod of the CCAP, president of Boys Brigade, Chairman of Christian Council of Churches, founding member of student Christian Organisation of Malawi (SCOM), founding member and first Malawian chairman of Scripture Union of Malawi and founding member and chairman of Evangelical Association of Malawi.
Notable national duties include his participation in the induction of the first prime minister of Nyasaland, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1964, member of the National Referendum Commission, election observation to South Africa and Mozambique, member of National Library Association of Malawi, board member for Likuni Girls secondary School and UNESCO. He has also served as chairman of Malawi National Service of Worship, Malawi Council for the Handicapped, Cheshire Homes, Malawi Censorship Board.
He has received honours including medal and certificate for Outstanding Service by late President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, honorary doctorate of divinity by Zoya University for Christian Higher Education, USA, Champions award by Chewa Heritage, Certificate of Recognition for 52 years of service by Nkhoma Synod and honorary degree from the University of Malawi.
He has presented several papers and authored 13 books some of which have been used in primary schools for Chichewa literature.
Mr Mastern Foster Moffat Banda holds a certificate in Veterinary Science Management from Mikolongwe Training College obtained in 1975. He has over the years attended local and international professional development courses in leadership, livestock development, dairy production and processing, personnel and finance management, farm management and accounting for non-financial managers. He also attended Senior Officers training at Mountain View Training College of the Malawi Young Pioneers and Police Training Course for Non-Police Officers at Limbe Police Training School.
He served the former State President, Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda on special duties for a long time until his death in 1997.
He has worked as livestock consulting expert since 2007, communal water point officer for Blantyre Water Board, farm manager for Mapanga Dairy farm and deputy Head of Agriculture Division for Spearhead Holdings. Since 1986 up to 2016 he worked as guest presenter at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation. He has also served as board chairman for MBC.
Commissioner Banda holds C license football coaching and he served as chairman of supporters club for Nyasa Big Bullets (then Bata Bullets) for over five years before becoming the Team Manager and later Executive Chairman of the People’s Team.
Justice Dr Jane Mayemu Ansah SC
Date of appointment: 14th October, 2016
Portfolio: Chairperson of MEC, Deputy Chairperson of SADC-ECF
She holds an LL.B from the University of Malawi, an (LL.M) in International Human Rights Law from University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. She has over 30 years experience in the field of law. She was admitted to the bar in 1978 and went ahead to work in the Ministry of Justice. She was appointed High Court judge in 1997. She served as Attorney General between July 2006 and April 2011. And she conferred and was decorated with the status of Senior Counsel in 2008. Justice Dr Jane Ansah; SC was appointed Judge to the Supreme Court 2011. She has chaired forums of the African Union Meeting of Ministers of Justice, Attorney Generals and Government Experts from 2010 to 2012 as well serving as Deputy Chairperson of African Union Board on Corruption from 2008 to 2011.