MwAPATA Institute Governance
The Institute is guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, and backstopped by the Michigan State University Food Security Group. The Boards are made up of members from key stakeholders in the agricultural sector and balanced in terms of skills, knowledge and experience from the public sector, private sector, civil society and development partners in the agricultural/agrifood system.
Please learn more from the MwAPATA Institute organogram showing the technical interaction/guidance provided by MSU Food Security Group and Advisory Board (dashed lines) as well as management levels and reporting hierarchy (solid lines).
Advisory Board Members
Regional Director -Alliance for African Partnership (AAP)
Prof. Richard Mkandawire is a Socio-economist and a Rural Development expert. He is currently; the Africa Director of the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), and Chairperson, Malawi Planning Commission. Before joining AAP, he worked as Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership where he led a team of experts in driving innovative interventions for efficient and effective delivery of fertilizers among smallholder famers in Africa
Prof. Lewis Baison Dzimbiri, PhD Industrial Relations,(Keele-UK) MSc HRD (Manchester-UK) and BA Public. Administration(Chancellor College-MW) and professor of public administration and management and currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is a seasoned academician, management educator, trainer, researcher, facilitator and consultant with three decades of experience in the public, private and non-governmental organizations in Malawi and beyond.
Ms. Madalitso Mandiwa Kazembe - Guarantor
MCCCI Director, Business Environment & Policy Advocacy
Madalitso Mandiwa Kazembe has served as a Chief Economist in the Ministry of Finance for The Republic of Malawi. As head of Financial Sector Policies in the Ministry, her responsibilities included monitoring financial sector policies, regulations and ensuring a conducive environment for a financial sector that is deep and inclusive. She has worked in formulating economic & fiscal policy as well. With over 13 years of experience in Macro-Fiscal policy Analysis, Financial Sector and Capital Markets Development, she holds a Masters in Economics and Graduate Certificate in Capital Markets Development from George Washington University.
Dr. Thomas Munthali - Advisory Board Member
Director General (National Planning Commission)
Dr. Thomas Chataghalala Munthali assumed the position of the first Director General of the Malawi National Planning Commission (NPC) from March 2019. He is also the Co-chairperson of the SADC National Planning Entities Network. Prior to joining NPC, he was the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), a specialized agency of the African Union on capacity development based in Harare, where he coordinated capacity development efforts across the African Union member countries aimed at meeting the continent’s socio-economic transformation agenda goals.
Mrs. Mercy Kanyuka - Advisory Board Member
Commissioner (National Statistics Office)
A seasoned Statistician with over 30 years’ experience, Mercy Kanyuka has served in senior management and strategic leadership positions for over 20 years. She is currently the Commissioner of Statistics (Head of National Statistical Office) in the Government of Malawi since February 2014. She holds a Master of Science degree (Quantitative Development Economics) from University of Warwick, United Kingdom (1992) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Statistics) from University of Malawi (1983). Mercy is a member of Task Team working on the 2nd Global Action Plan of the Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and rural Statistics.
Jacob Christopher Nyirongo - Advisory Board Member
Chief Executive Officer (Farmers Union of Malawi)
Jacob Christopher Nyirongo graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy in 1999 from Bunda College of Agriculture, a Constituent College of the University of Malawi. He is the Chief Executive Officer for Farmers Union of Malawi but previously worked for Farmers Union of Malawi as a Program and Policy Director and has worked for the institution since 2011. Jacob has experience working on agriculture policy and regulatory reforms and has been serving in several steering and Technical Committees of various Malawi Government Agriculture Development Projects providing policy and technical oversight.
Dr. Alexander Masankho Bulirani - Advisory Board Member
Controller of Agriculture Services (Ministry of Agriculture)
Dr. Bulirani holds a PhD in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science from LUANAR obtained in 2016, with a masters of Fisheries from Universite des Sciences et Techniques de Montpellier in France. He worked on a regional fisheries research project on Lake Malawi funded by DFID then ODA responsible for Fish Biology Program and Fish Stock Assessment. He then worked as Project Manager on a regional World Bank funded project, to implement the findings from the DFID funded program. Later, he moved to the department of fisheries as deputy director for technical services and became Director in 2007. Later in 2016, he became the Controller of Agriculture Services in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr. Roman Malumero - Advisory Board Member
Roman holds Master’s Degree in Strategic Management awarded from University of Derby of UK, Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Bunda College. He has over 22 years of progressive responsible work experience and consultancy assignments in various sectors, both at national, regional and international levels. Experience and knowledge of Roman cut across Policies and Legal frameworks, Program design and Strategic Plan development; participatory community program development and implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation in various sectors including Agriculture, Education, Health, Governance and Gender.
Country Director - Agriculture Transformation Initiative (ATI)
Dr. Candida Nakhumwa manages the Foundation for a Smoke Free World’s (FSFW) Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) activities in Malawi. She is responsible for strategic partnerships with government, private sector, development partners, academia, farmers, civil society, and other partners, both domestic, regional, and international in the agriculture sector. She has extensive experience in agricultural marketing, agribusiness, and policy analysis and advocacy. Most recently, she served as Director of Research, Policy and Partnerships at Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM), where she coordinated research, policy engagement, strategic partnerships, knowledge systems and institutional planning.
Thom is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University (MSU), a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He is a board member of the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Eastern and Southern Africa, and was a founding Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnership at MSU. As the Principal Investigator for MwAPATA Institute, he provides overall technical strategic direction by working with the Institute's senior management.