LEAD Southern & Eastern Africa.




Legal Notices

Information Liability

LEAD SEA makes every possible effort to ensure that the information published on its website is accurate and up to date, but does not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions and reserves the right to make amendments at any time and without prior notice.

LEAD SEA provides hypertext links to third party websites not affiliated with LEAD SEA for the convenience of users only. By linking to these websites LEAD SEA in no way endorses the contents, views, or information held on such sites.

Neither LEAD SEA nor any of its employees shall be liable for any loss, additional costs, or damage howsoever arising, suffered as a result of using LEAD SEA's website or hyperlinks provided to third party websites.


All material published on LEAD SEA's website (unless stated otherwise), is the property of LEAD SEA and must not be copied or distributed for any commercial purpose. This includes, but is not limited to, LEAD's logo, graphics, website design, and contents.

LEAD SEA permits the taking of copies of material published on its web pages for personal use only, in electronic or hard copy form. Making alterations to any of the pages, or using content in any other work or publication, other than for quotation purposes, will be a direct breach of LEAD SEA's copyright and may result in legal action.

LEAD SEA's prior written permission must be obtained for any other use of material contained in its web pages. To obtain permission please contact us.

Community Training

LEAD SEA recognises that bottom of the pyramid work is essential for sustainable development. During the delivery of donor-funded programmes and projects.

LEAD has built capacity in communities across the region, increasing understanding of social and environmental issues and providing practical training to improve lives. Some of the issues covered include climate change, girls' education and natural resource management. Practical techniques promoted include conservation agriculture (e.g. mulching) and citizen journalism (e.g. interviewing technique).

LEAD takes a specific and differentiated approach to community training where there are differences in social structures and customs to those found in a government office or corporate boardroom. We use a participatory methodology to deliver our community training. This often includes group work, themed songs and drama / role plays in a village setting. This approach allows communities to relate to the content of the training and builds a common understanding of, and interest in, the issues being discussed.

Staff Members

Prof S. Chiotha, Director

Prof. Sosten Staphiel CHIOTHA,

LEAD SEA Regional Programme Director

BEd.(Unima), MSc. Medical Parasitology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), PhD Environmental Science (University of Maryland, USA)


Prof S. Chiotha, Director

Mr. Gibson Yadunda MPHEPO

Head of Programmes

Dip in Agriculture (Unima), BSc Agriculture (Unima), MSc Environmental Biology (University of Wales Swansea)

Mathews Tsirizeni

Mathews Daniel TSIRIZENI

Programme Officer I (LEAD Fellow Cohort 16)

BEd. Geography and Earth Sciences (University of Malawi), MSc. Environmental Sciences (University of Malawi), PhD student - part time (University of Botswana, Okavango Research Institute)

Dr Dalitso Kafumba


ESPA ASSETS Postdoctoral researcher
BSc. and MSc. Population Genetics (University of Malawi), PhD Phylogenetics (Hull University, UK)


Sophie Mahonya


Programme Officer - Food Security and Nutrition
BSc. Environmental Science (Bunda College of Agriculture, now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi), MSc student (pending 2015)  MSc. Environmental Science (Rhodes University, South Africa)


Precious Mwanza

Precious Stancellous MWANZA

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator
BSc. Agriculture (Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi), MSc student - MSc Rural Development and Extension (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi)


Patrick Likongwe


Programme Officer - Research and Training

BSc. Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (Bunda College of Agriculture, now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi), MSc. Research Methods (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya)


Fedasi Ng'ambi

Fedasi NG'AMBI

Dip. Accountancy (ACCA Certified Accounting Technician), BAcc. Accountancy (The Malawi Polytechnic, University of Malawi), ACCA Qualification final stage pending


Mercy Kaduya

Dip. Information Processing (Skyway Business College, Blantyre, Malawi), Cert. Information Processing (Nihonteki College, Lilongwe, Malawi)

Administrative Assistant

Fellows Training Programme

The LEAD Fellows Training Programme is a set of highly experiential and participatory joined-up training courses to develop the knowledge, skills and personal awareness of participants to further sustainable development.
The training consists of two regional residential courses and an optional international residential course linked by online learning.

  1. PED Nexus (RSA)  - in this course, participants gain are trained on core competencies as well as specific knowledge sessions.
  2. Societies in Transition (Malawi) - participants learn about the challenges faced by societies in the region today as they rapidly transition into the modern age.
  3. International (as organised) - LEAD cooperates internationally with between its member programme offices to deliver an international session for the Fellowship Training Programme. THIS SESSION IS OPTIONAL.
  4. Online Learning  - Participants will maintain their learning and links with LEAD SEA online between sessions.

Who is it for?
The Fellows Training Programme is ideal for mid-career professionals demonstrating strong leadership potential and who would benefit from extensive contact with other leaders from across the world, from residential courses, and from a strong peer-learning experience. LEAD will also consider those with less experience but who have outstanding leadership potential.

How long does it take?
20 days over 12 calendar months (not including online learning).

What does it cost?
Costs vary depending on session location. Sessions 1 and 2 are usually in RSA and Malawi.

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