Our Board of Directors

Dr. Ann Phoya

Dr. Ann Phoya

Board Chair

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

Karen Kumakanga

Board Member

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.

Aaron Lewani

Board Member

Aaron Lewani is a Projects manager at Tearfund, has spent the last 14 years working with non-governmental agencies in Malawi. During this time, he has focused on the complex needs of vulnerable groups like children, women, the elderly, the disabled, female-headed households and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Aaron’s work experience has provided him with a deep understanding of climate change impacts and resilience strategies, environmental and economic sustainability approaches, agriculture and food security, child rights and child protection, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS and empowering of local churches through church and community transformation. Positions at Tearfund, Goods for Good International, World Vision and Chisomo Children’s Club has provided Aaron with expertise in project planning, design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation and managerial work. 

Aaron received his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from the University of Malawi, Bunda College and has undergone additional training in program development, implementation and evaluation. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management with University of Derby.

Lucky Mbewe

Lucky Mbewe

Board Member

Lucky Crown Mbewe is a Social Development and Human Rights Activist by profession with over 10 years’ experience leading civil society advocacy including conducting awareness campaigns on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for young people and lobbying for adequate resource allocation for youth development programs.

He has also served in reputable boards in CSOs like NGO GCN, HRCC, Civil Society Education Coalition, NGO Coalition for Child Rights and has been the Chairperson for the African CSO League on SRHR based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

He has expertise in monitoring budgets from the human rights and development rights perspectives and this includes health rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender rights and other socioeconomic rights perspectives.

Muthi Nhlema

Muthi Nhlema

Board Member

Muthi is a Versatile & multi-talented Project Management professional and NGO Leader with 16 years international development experience with a focus on Water Supply and Resources Management, currently heading up a new water NGO in Malawi called BASEflow.

Interests include data-in-use (Mapping & Monitoring), capacity building/systems-thinking, sustainability, communication for development & disruptive innovations

He is also an Award-winning Malawian writer. 

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