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Gray MUNTHALI

Gray MUNTHALI

BSc Meteorology (University of Nairobi, Kenya), MSc in Agricultural Meteorology (University of Reading, UK)

Malawi

Gray MUNTHALI is an agro meteorologist in the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) in Malawi. Gray is involved in monitoring the impact of weather and climate on food production and providing critical information for early warning systems in order to maintain agricultural and food security. He has participated in a variety of national and international conferences on agricultural and climate issues.

Dr. Joseph Phillip HELLA

Dr. Joseph Phillip HELLA

MSc. Agricultural Economics (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania), PhD Agricultural Economics (University of Gent, Belgium)

Tanzania

Joseph Phillip HELLA is a Lecturer, Researcher and Consultant with the Department of Agriculture, Economics and Agribusiness of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. Joseph's interests include smallholder farming systems in arid and semi-arid areas, rural development planning, rural and urban poverty, and environmental aspects related to population growth and urban agriculture.

Tamala Tonga KAMBIKAMBI

Tamala Tonga KAMBIKAMBI

University of Zambia  

Zambia

Tamala Tonga KAMBIKAMBI is an agronomist in the School of Agricultural Sciences in the University of Zambia. Her main research areas include sustainable agriculture for rural development and wealth creation, and gender issues in science and technology.

Tamala strongly believes in the power of science and technology as a vehicle for development. She helped found the Zambia Association for Women in Science and Technology and is also a full member of the Third World Organization for Women in Science.

Previously, she worked as an extension officer with a private seed company where she worked with both small and large scale farmers in both the rural and peri-urban areas of Zambia, gaining invaluable experience in rural extension and development, and poverty alleviation.

Tamala has supported in the development of a number of environmental policies and plans for the Government of Zambia, for example the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, and the Biosafety Policy. She also sits on the National Committee of the Southern African Biodiversity Support Programme.

Dorcas KAYO

Dorcas KAYO

BSc Economics, MBA (University of Zimbabwe)  

Zimbabwe

Dorcas KAYO is a strategy and business development planner for the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). She has worked extensively in the energy field and has a particular interest in the promotion of rural electrification. She is also interested in rural development and how integrated energy planning can be used to influence development policies to ensure sustainable development.

Dr. Mitulo SILENGO

Dr.  Mitulo SILENGO

BA Ed., MA, PhD

Zambia

Mitulo SILENGO is a Cohort 9 LEAD Fellow. He is the Director of the Disaster Management Training Centre of Mulungushi University in Kabwe, Zambia. His current work involves training and research in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. He has previously served as LEAD-SA Academic Director.

Prof. Sosten Staphiel CHIOTHA

Prof.  Sosten Staphiel CHIOTHA

BEd. Physical Science & Biology (University of Malawi), BSc. (Hons) Biology (University of Malawi), MSc. Medical Parasitology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK), PhD Environmental Science (University of Maryland, USA)

Malawi

Sosten CHIOTHA has held the position of Regional Programme Director of LEAD Southern & Eastern Africa since 1996. Prior to this, Sosten was the University Research Coordinator and Environmental Science Masters Programme Coordinator for the University of Malawi. He has lectured in the Department of Biology of Chancellor College (University of Malawi) for over 25 years, specialising in medical parasitology.

Sosten has experience across a range of issues in the field of environment and natural resource management, and is a specialist in climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in Malawi and the southern and eastern African region. He has been involved in the drafting of Malawi's National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP) and the national disaster preparedness plan for Malawi. More recently he has also contributed to the drafting of Malawi’s first Climate Change Policy and its Meteorological Policy. Sosten was the lead author of the 2010 Malawi State of Environment and Outlook Report.

He has led and contributed to many research and consultancy projects for international clients, including donor agencies such as DFID, USAID and the Norwegian Embassy as well as international organisations and bodies including the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, UNFPA, FAO and the Rockefeller Foundation. Projects have covered topics including climate change, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, indigenous knowledge, stakeholder engagement, training and capacity building, public health, disaster risk management and environmental/science education. Sosten is the Programme Coordinator for the NK 35m ($4.4m) Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP) and is the Malawi Country Coordinator for the Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems through Trade-Off Scenarios (ASSETS) project.

Sosten continues to actively deliver training sessions, including those for the LEAD-PED (Population, Environment and Development) Nexus Training Programme as well as national ministerial level training as part of consultancy projects.

Sosten has published extensively for a number of years in regional and international peer reviewed journals such as Transactions of the Royal Society, Journal of Agricultural Science and Environment and Natural Resources Research. His publications have covered a range of environmental issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has contributed to publications for the Research for the Association of African Universities and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Sosten has served on a number of boards and associations. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Southern Voices on Climate Change (SDV) and the Board of Directors for the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP). He has previously served as the first Board Chair of the Malawi National Commission of Science and Technology, Chief Editor of the Malawi Journal of Science and Technology, and a member of the African Crop Science Society Governing Council and the International Network for Genetics for Aquaculture (INGA) among others.

Ass. Prof. Esther W. DUNGUMARO

Ass. Prof. Esther W. DUNGUMARO

PhD, MSc, BSc

Tanzania


Esther DUNGUMARO is an Associate Professor of Demography and the Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. Before her current administrative post, Professor Dungumaro was the founding Director of International Relations of the University of Dar es Salaam. As the first Director of International Relations for the University of Dar es Salaam, Dungumaro showed her vision and strong leadership ability by facilitating the development of the Internationalization Policy and a strategic plan that serves as guiding tools for the University pursuit of internationalization. Dungumaro’s dedication to work lead to a nomination by the University of Dar es Salaam, to a prestigious International Women Forum (IWF) Leadership Program, which took her to Harvard Business School (HBS), in March 2015.

Dungumaro holds a PhD from Hitotusbashi, Tokyo, Japan.  In addition to her PhD, Dungumaro received a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Education and a Master’s degree in Demography both from the University of Dar es Salaam.

As an academic, Dungumaro has been involved in teaching, researching and consultancy. In her area of specialization, Dungumaro is known within Africa and beyond. She has also taught at universities outside the country, which again demonstrates her strong academic ability. From 2005 to 2008, Dungumaro worked as the Director of Population and Poverty Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.  She was a research fellow at the University of South Africa (UNISA) for a period of three years (2011-2014).  Dungumaro is a renowned author of consultancy reports, seminars, workshops conference and peer reviewed papers in the areas of demography and population studies.

Apart from teaching, she also provides consultancy services in the area of demography within and outside Tanzania. For instance, in November 2014 Professor Dungumaro served as a member of the Consultation Meeting on the development of a research agenda to support the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Programme, (the meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa).

Dungumaro continues to provide professional support to both the Tanzanian government and development agencies in the country. Among a few important professional support in the country include; membership to the National Consultative Meeting to Discuss and Provide comments to inform Development of the East Africa Committee (EAC) Regional Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Strategy; was a member to the National Preparatory Committee for the 25th Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat); she was a Panelist during the African Statistics Day, where she discussed the utilization of data. The theme was “Who uses open data and how findings are communicated to different audiences�. Dungumaro was also a lead author of the Tanzanian Population and Housing Census Technical Reports, leading analysis and write up of a Fertility Monograph. She has been providing consultancy services to UNFPA, UNICEF and ILO among o ther development agencies in the country.

Dungumaro is an active member of professional associations within the regions and beyond.  She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the Union of African Population Studies (UAPS). In 2011, she was elected the East African Regional Representative for the Union of African Population Studies. She is also member of the editorial board for the Southern African Journal of Demography (SAJD).

Ana FERNANDES

Ana FERNANDES

BSc. Chemical Engineering (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique), MSc. Textile Chemistry (Clemson University, USA)

Mozambique


Ana FERNANDES has more than 20 years experience in the areas of Manufacturing and Logistics. She is also a certified Operational Excellence Black Belt.

Ana is currently working as Country Logistics Manager in Coca-Cola Sabco Mocambique (CCS) where she is responsible for the areas of Warehousing, Distribution, Fleet and Cooler. Previously she has worked in the same company as Regional Logistics Manager and Regional Supply Chain Manager, responsible for the south of Mozambique.

Before joining CCS, Ana worked in the textile company, Riopele Têxteis Moçambique as Dyeing & Finishing Manager and later as Technical Director.

Ana is a LEAD Fellow (Cohort 6). She acts as the Board Member representing Mozambique and is also the Chair of the LEAD SEA Regional Board. 

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Jacques VAN ZUYDAM

Masters in Sociology (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

South Africa

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Robert  GALLAGHER

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

South Africa

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Maqueto Joaquim LANGA

Licentiate Degree (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)

Mozambique

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Gray MUNTHALI

BSc Meteorology (University of Nairobi, Kenya), MSc in Agricultural Meteorology (University of Reading, UK)

Malawi

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Dr. Joseph Phillip HELLA

MSc. Agricultural Economics (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania), PhD Agricultural Economics (University of Gent, Belgium)

Tanzania

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Tamala Tonga KAMBIKAMBI

University of Zambia  

Zambia

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Dorcas KAYO

BSc Economics, MBA (University of Zimbabwe)  

Zimbabwe

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Dr.  Mitulo SILENGO

BA Ed., MA, PhD

Zambia

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Prof.  Sosten Staphiel CHIOTHA

BEd. Physical Science & Biology (University of Malawi), BSc. (Hons) Biology (University of Malawi), MSc. Medical Parasitology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK), PhD Environmental Science (University of Maryland, USA)

Malawi

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Ass. Prof. Esther  W. DUNGUMARO

PhD, MSc, BSc

Tanzania

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Ana FERNANDES

BSc. Chemical Engineering (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique), MSc. Textile Chemistry (Clemson University, USA)

Mozambique

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Jethro  NOWATA

South Africa

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Tom CHUMA

Zimbabwe

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Associate Prof. Jimmy NAMANGALE

Malawi

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