Joyce Banda

Former President of Malawi

Joyce BandaAn entrepreneur, activist, politician and a philanthropist, Dr Joyce Banda is the former president of Malawi, making her the country’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes magazine and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world by TIME magazine, she is a champion for the rights of women, children, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

Dr Joyce Banda is Board member of the UK-based ‘Think Equal’, an organization that strives to encourage the teaching of human rights in primary schools, and also sits on the Board of Micronutrient Initiative in Canada. Dr. Joyce Banda is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents, whose primary goal is to use the symbolic importance of women leaders and the substantive experience of its members to support women’s full participation and representation in the political process at the highest levels, and encourage future women leaders.

Dr Joyce Banda is also a member of the ‘Club de Madrid’, the world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, which was to promote democracy and change in the international community. Dr. Joyce Banda is also a member of ‘Champions for an AIDS Free Generation’, a grouping of former Heads of State and Government in Africa working towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV in Africa and that all people have access to quality HIV prevention and treatment services and also a member of the ‘Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa’, an independent platform for discussing peace and security issues in Africa, which comprises renowned Africans and former presidents.

President Joyce Banda is a motivational speaker. She has spoken at a number of high-profile international conferences and forums, including the International Conference on Women in Beijing, the American and African Business Women’s Africa Conference in London, the Women Deliver Conference in Washington, DC and renowned universities and institutions of higher learning across the globe.

Continuing her tireless work encouraging women to enter political office and championing the rights of women and the disenfranchised, Dr. Banda has taken on a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Global Development, jointly with the Woodrow Wilson Center, where she brings her invaluable experiences as a leader in African politics.