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Pamela Kuwali appointed as AAM Executive Director

Ms. Pamela Kuwali, ActionAid Malawi Executive Director

The appointment is effective 1st March, 2022

After a rigorous executive search, ActionAid Malawi (AAM) Board has appointed Ms. Pamela Kuwali as the organisation’s executive director effective 1st March, 2022.


Announcing the appointment on 2nd March, 2022, AAM Board Chairperson Professor Dorothy Nampota said in a statement Ms. Kuwali brings in 20 years experience in development, governance, public policy analysis and advocacy, leadership, and program management.

“She just completed a successful five-year assignment as National Director of Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) and in that role doubled as Malawi Node Coordinator for Food Agricultural Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) a regional institution based in Pretoria, South Africa,” reads the statement in part.

Prior to CISANET, Ms. Kuwali worked with National Democratic Institute (NDI) Malawi as Governance Specialist and Head of Programs (2013 - 2017). Before NDI, she worked at UN World Food Program (2011 - 2013) where she focused on policy development, government and donor relations, public information, communication, and doubled as the gender focal point. Prior to WFP, Ms. Kuwali served as Public Diplomacy Specialist at the Public Affairs Section, US Embassy, Malawi (2002 – 2011).

Academically, Ms. Kuwali holds an MSc in Public Administration and Development from the University of Birmingham UK (2009), and a Bachelor of Public Administration from Chancellor College, University of Malawi (1999). She also holds several credentials in Public Diplomacy from the US State Department Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Washington DC obtained during her time with the US Embassy; and is a Fellow of the Prestigious VV Engage (Women’s Public Leadership and SDGs) Program provided by Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2019) powered by Vital Voices Global Partnership (US).

Professor Nampota has hailed Ms. Kuwali as “a sure-footed leader whose civil society organisation’s networking experience on human rights and advocacy will play a key role in ActionAid Malawi towards the attainment of social justice, as envisioned in the current Country Strategy Paper.”

Ms. Kuwali replaces Mr. Assan Golowa who left the organisation in August 2021.