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Meet our Executive Director

Ms. Ponelo Kalonga Nyama is an experienced program manager specializing in Gender and Economic Empowerment programs. She has managed numerous projects and programs in different parts of Malawi. Ponelo is committed to reforming girl’s education in Malawi with a particular interest in improving the accessibility of schooling adolescent girls with the aim of the achieving global goals. She believes that investing in girls is one of the smartest things we can do to promote a healthier, more prosperous world. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do. As a passionate and internationally acclaimed advocate for young people, education, communities and peace. She was named best mentee of the year 2017 by the Global Thinkers Forum. A global platform bringing together a diverse network of leaders and creating meaningful networking and conversations around global challenges and trends. In November 2018, she was appointed as the Malawi Youth Ambassador for the Arab Africa Council for International Development by the president of Egypt. "I believe every girl has the right to be in charge of her future and her fate, and that we have the collective obligation to protect her rights and promote her wellbeing"

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