Professor Dixie Maluwa Banda is a distinguished and seasoned Educator, Scholar, Trainer of Trainers, Curriculum Development Expert, Researcher, Consultant, Facilitator and Psychologist in the University of Malawi at Chancellor College where he has served in several managerial positions and in numerous committees such as the Head of Educational Foundations Department, Dean of Education, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, member of the University Senate and Council,  University Academic Courses and Planning Committees, and University wide University Teaching and Learning.  He studied for his Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) with the University of Malawi at Chancellor College. Thereafter, he earned his Master of Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada in 1999. He is currently the Director of Higher Education on a three year secondment to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. He serves as the Chairperson of the Board of YONECO


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Board Member

Mr. Samuel Bota joined YONECO as a Board Member in 2010 and is Chairperson of Programmes and Projects Committee. Mr Bota holds a Diploma in Agricultural Sciences, BSc in Agricultural Science and Post Graduate Diploma and MSc in Agriculture (Rural Development Management and Administration). Mr. Bota has a long term career in development as follows: Project Officer (1987-1988), Kasungu Agricultural Development Division, Training Officer (1989-1996), Ministry of Agriculture Headquarters, Senior Human Resource Development Officer (1996-98), Ministry of Health Headquarters, Freelance Consultant (1999-2000), Lecturer (2000-2002), University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture, Director of Programmes and Training/Vice Principal, Natural Resources College and Team Leader/Sole Proprietor (2008-2013), Development Training and Research Consultants. Mr. Bota areas of specialty include project management (Project Design, Appraisal and Project Monitoring and Evaluation) and Training and development including Training Needs Assessment, Training Programme Design, Modules/Curricula/Syllabi, Facilitation, Training Monitoring and Evaluation) and Research, mostly Action Research. Mr. Bota field of expertise include Rural Development, Food Security, Livelihoods HIV & AIDS in the context of Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition, and Livelihoods) and training management.

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Board Member

Rose Wawanya is currently the Human Resources Manager of Puma Energy (Malawi) Limited responsible for delivering effecting people management strategies. Rose has extensive knowledge and experience in performance management, talent management, employee resourcing, staff motivation, reward and benefits management, learning and development, employee relations and organisational change management.   In additional to Human Resource Management,   Rose has also vast experience in Employee Wellness Programs (EAP) in such areas as workplace HIV/AIDS Management, management of effects of Organisational Change, general employee wellness and she is a trained Wellness Counsellor. Rose holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from Management College of Southern Africa, Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management from University of Malawi and Diploma in Management, and Certificate in Training Management from Royal Institute of Public Administration. Rose has also participated in various short term programmes and seminars, such as Training of Trainers, HR Operational Excellence, Leadership through Collective Learning, Coaching and Mentoring, and Problem Solving and Negotiation Skills.