LEAD Southern & Eastern Africa.




Board of directors


LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa and LEADSEA Malawi have their own board of directors for proper strategic management of both regional and national agenda.

National Board Members


Full Name




Dr. Jimmy Namangale




Professor Sosten Chiotha




Dr. Geofrey Chavula




Ms Eunice Chipangula



Regional Board Members


Full Name




Mitulo Silengo




Jethro Nowata


South Africa


Tomunga Chuma

Tom.chuma2015@gmail.com  tom@mapopoma.co.zw




Esther Dungumaro

dungumaro@gmail.com edungumaro@udsm.ac.tz



Anna Fernandes




Sosten Chiotha




Our projects

Project Name Short Name Start Date End Date
Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Food Security EBAFoS 2014-12-01 2015-12-01
Water Futures: Towards Equitable Resource Management Strategies WATERS 2012-12-01 2015-03-01
Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems through Trade-Off Scenarios  ASSETS 2012-04-29 2016-04-29
Drafting of National Climate Change and Meteorological Policies, Malawi CC and M Policies 2012-01-01 2012-12-31
Review and Production of revised Decentralized Environmental Management Guidelines, Malawi Revised DEMG, Malawi 2011-01-01 2011-12-01
Scientific Validation of Traditional Early Warning Signals for Floods and Droughts in Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts, Malawi IK Early Warning 2011-01-01 2011-12-31
Participatory Geographic Information System (P-GIS) for enhancing food security and building resilience to climate change 

P-GIS 2010-03-01 2013-02-28
Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme LCBCCAP 2010-01-01 2016-07-01
Production of the Malawi State of Environment and Outlook Report Malawi SEOR 2010-01-01 2010-12-01
Strengthening Communities and Civil Society on Climate Change Adaptation: A Human Rights Based Approach CCA: Human Rights 2010-01-01 2011-01-01
Building Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation in West and Southern Africa Capacity for CCA WSA 2008-01-01 2011-01-01

Our vision and mission statements

Our Vision

To be a leading centre promoting leadership in environment and natural resource management for sustainable development in Malawi and the southern and eastern Africa region.

Our Mission

To promote leadership and strengthen ecological and social resilience of ecosystems and communities to the impacts of natural and human induced shocks in Malawi and the southern and eastern Africa region.

Our Values

In delivering our mission, LEAD SEA operates according to the following values and principles reflective of LEAD's core values:

  • A sense of urgency. Humanity is on an unsustainable path, and rapid change is essential to achieve sustainability.
  • Recognition that leadership can take place at many levels, and that everyone has a potential leadership role to play.
  • Belief in a cross-sectoral, cross-cultural collaborative approach.
  • Mutual respect of different perspectives, cultures and backgrounds.
  • The importance of inspiring and mentoring others.
  • A belief that sustainable development is desirable as well as achievable.
  • A commitment to social justice and equity, which together with environmental responsibility and economic progress, are at the heart of sustainable development.

Our history

LEAD SEA is a legally independent member programme of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD).

LEAD International

LEAD is an international network of 8 legally independent Member Programmes, operating under a collaborative agreement and covering more than 90 countries. LEAD as a global network was formed in 1991 at a time when the world was preparing for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The idea to form LEAD came as a result of discussions between the Rockefeller Foundation and a number of eminent champions of sustainable development including Gro Harlem Brundtland, the author of the Brundtland Report of 1987 that defined Sustainable Development. They identified an urgent need for a new generation of global leaders and set up an organisation for that purpose.

Originally starting as a capacity building organisation, LEAD operated successfully for ten years training leaders around the world from key sectors of sustainable development. Training and capacity building was focused at mid-career professionals, who, upon successful completion of the LEAD Fellowship training programme became LEAD Fellows.

Building on its successful ten years of capacity building, LEAD decided to diversify from Fellowship Training by introducing other training courses in order to meet wide demands of different stakeholders. In addition, LEAD also made a landmark decision of going beyond capacity building and implementing action research and development projects. To guide its new strategic direction, LEAD held a consultative planning meetings in 2003 with more than 80 LEAD Fellows and staff from all Member Programmes. From these meetings four thematic strategic areas were prioritised:

  1. Food security and nutrition
  2. Communicating sustainabilit
  3. Engaging business/private sector in sustainable development
  4. Ecosystem and poverty

Currently there are over 3,000 LEAD Fellows from more than 90 countries globally and dozens of action research, capacity building and development programmes and projects successfully completed by LEAD Member Programmes.

LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa

LEAD SEA was launched in 1994 in Harare (Zimbabwe) by the Vice President of Zimbabwe Comrade Muzenda. Malawi was represented at that launch by Honourable Alhaj Itimu, as Minister of Lands. There were six pioneering countries (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) but LEAD SEA has since grown to cover all the countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. LEAD SEA was first registered as DELSA trust in Zimbabwe. In 2001, the secretariat for LEAD SEA relocated to Zambia, registering with the Registrar of Societies in Lusaka.

In 2004, the LEAD SEA secretariat was once more relocated to Zomba, Malawi and was affiliated to the Faculty of Science, Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
As part of institutional growth and re-branding in 2014, LEAD SEA has now registered as a national entity in Malawi called LEAD Malawi, to focus on its expanded role of implementing national Research and Development Sustainable Development projects and programmes. The LEAD SEA entity established and registered in South Africa now coordinates regional and international training following the traditional Fellows' path.

In the coming years, LEAD will be registered in other participating countries in Southern and Eastern Africa as national entities and these entities will work together under a collaborative agreement.

Our themes

LEAD SEA strives to inspire leadership for a sustainable world. Sustainable Development is a broad concept and therefore in practice, at LEAD SEA we focus most of our work on 7 key primary themes:

  1. Ecosystem based approaches
  2. Climate change - adaptation, mitigation and resilience
  3. Food security and agriculture
  4. Poverty alleviation and livelihoods
  5. Natural resource management
  6. Gender equality and women's empowerment
  7. Disaster risk reduction and management

To read more about our work, please visit our Programmes and Projects.

Our locations

LEAD SEA works across the southern and eastern Africa region. LEAD SEA is formed of legally independent but related national organisations.

Currently there are national organisations in Malawi and South Africa:


Focuses on contributing to Government of Malawi's national sustainable development agenda through action projects, consultancies,  research and outreach programmes along with capacity building. LEAD SEA Malawi also operates as the coordinating body for the region. The LEAD SEA office is based in Zomba City, the Southern Region Malawi. It is also affiliated to Chancellor College - University of Malawi through a Memorandum of Understand with Faculty of Science. 

LEAD SEA South Africa

Maintains the core LEAD Fellowship training for the region.

In the coming years, LEAD SEA aims to set up further national organisations in other countries in the region.



Masters in Sociology (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

South Africa

Jacques VAN ZUYDAM is the Chief Director of Population and Development in the Department of Social Development in South Africa. His work entails integrating population concerns into the programmes of national government departments, provinces and local governments in South Africa, along with forging relationships with the international community and NGOs to support population and development work in South Africa. His work and research experience encompass social science methodology, population policy, community and intergroup relations, and state transformation. He has a Masters in Sociology and his background includes anti-apartheid activism, social research and community development.



BA Sociology and Psychology (University of Western Cape), MBA (University of Stellenbosch)

South Africa

Robert GALLAGHER is the project director for Ubuntu Environmental Trust. He is interested in economic empowerment of the poor and the redistribution of wealth in order to achieve social equity in South Africa. Robert has an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Maqueto Joaquim LANGA

Maqueto Joaquim LANGA

Licentiate Degree (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)


J. Maqueto LANGA teaches environmental protection and industrial hygiene and safety at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. He is also the director of the Centre for Industrial Engineering, Safety and Environment (CEISA) at the University. CEISA is active in providing services and training to industry in the areas of environmental impact assessment (EIA), occupational health and safety (OHS), waste management and process optimization. He is interested in strategies and policies for sustainable development.

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