Dr. Ann Phoya
Ann Phoya, is a Public Health Nurse Midwife and Fulbright Scholar with a doctoral degree in Health Planning and Research with a clinical role in maternal and infant health obtained at the Catholic University of America.
She has worked for 38 years in the Malawi Public Health Services holding different positions covering nursing / midwifery practice, education, management and policy level. At policy level she has served as in the Ministry of Health as, Head of Planning and Policy Development, Director of the Sector-Wide Approach; Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services as well as manager for Safe Motherhood and Family Planning Projects.
Following her retirement, in 2013, Ann joined University of North Carolina (UNC) Malawi Program where she served for 4 years as Director for a Safe Motherhood Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Currently she at MSH where she serves as Clinical Director of a USAID funder ONSE Health Activity whose goal is to improve access to quality priority health services in Malawi.
In addition to her current work, Ann is also President of Midwives Association of Malawi. As President for the Midwives Association she plays and advocacy role among midwives, and health sector players including government to ensure access to quality maternal- and child health services including family planning as a strategy for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The advocacy is supporting government to accelerate its efforts towards achievement of health related Sustainable Development Goals.
Karen Kumakanga, the Chief Executive Officer for the Social Enterprise Academy in Malawi, is the co-founder of Jubilee Enterprise, a local social enterprise, the first Malawian youth focused business development service provider. Jubilee is also a franchise partner of the Social Enterprise Academy. Jubilee Enterprise provides a platform for training leaders, entrepreneurs, sharing ideas and getting informed of opportunities for development.
The launch of Jubilee Enterprise in 2014, ushered her into the capacity building space for entrepreneurs, she went on through Jubilee to work with various partners and launch capacity building platforms trainings and programs. Namely the British Council, Graca Machel Trust, then opening a hub for Social Enterprises in Malawi through partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy Scotland.
She has served since July 2017 as the youngest director on the Malawi Scotland Partnership board. She seeks to use her well rounded, management and business development experience to enable social innovators and entrepreneurs in Malawi to reach their full potential.
She enjoys hiking and good music. She loves art, and has tried her hand at writing for children, stage acting, is part of a band and a strong soprano.