EGISA announces its first substantive Board of Trustees

(September 9th 2019 – Lilongwe, Malawi) Every Girl in School Alliance (EGISA) announces the election of its first substantive Board of Trustees on a two year renewable term of office, taking over from the interim Board that was running the organization’s affairs since inception in July 2018.

The newly elected Board members are:

  1. Chairperson – Ms. Umba Zalira
  2. Treasurer – Mr. Ben Wandawanda
  3. Ms. Singalilwe Chilemba
  4. Mr. Brian Longwe
  5. Ms. Fawzia Osman
  6. Dr. Madeline Nyamwanza

EGISA Co-Founder and Executive Director, Willson Chivhanga, “I am pleased to welcome our Board of Trustee. They each have a unique background, with diverse experiences that make them an asset to EGISA as a whole. I am also equally delighted to note that our Board members espouse the values that EGISA stands for. By electing a young woman as Chairperson, the Board members demonstrated a commitment to dismantling patriarchy by creating opportunities for young women to lead and thrive!”

Umba Zalira

Umba Zalira is an intersectional feminist currently working with Theatre for a Change as the Social Inclusion & Learning Manager. With eight years’ experience working in the sexual reproductive health and rights field, she is part of several international and regional platforms such as RESURJ, Young African Feminists Dialogue, PEPETA and FEMNET. Ms Zalira is the Co-founder of Growing Ambitions, a feminist young women led non-profit organization working with teenage mothers in the peri urban areas of Lilongwe. She has been the recipient of various highly acclaimed fellowships such as Global Health Corps, Women Deliver Young Leader and Vital Voices.

Ben Wandawanda

Ben Wandawanda is Standard Bank Plc’s Head of Business Development and his 20 years of work experience spans across Internet Service Providers, ICT and telecommunications and financial institutions from 2007. He worked as Head of Business Banking for Standard Bank Malawi for 6 years before moving to Kenya in January 2013 as the Executive Head for Business Banking in Kenya and South Sudan. In the course of his work for the Standard Bank Group, Ben has also had working stints in Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. Ben has an MSc in Strategic Management from Derbyshire Business School, University of Derby, majoring in International Business Strategy and Marketing and researched on mobile business solutions as a means to attain sustainable competitive advantage in the mobile telephony industry. He also has the Advanced Management Program qualification from the Gordon Institute of Business Studies, University of Pretoria. He is an avid entrepreneur with stakes in the FMCG space, property, fashion and the entertainment industry. Ben has also sat on the judging panel of Seedstars Africa (Seedstars World is a part of the Swiss group Seedstars that runs the global startup competition covering 65+ emerging developing markets). He is an avid golfer playing off handicap 6 with 3 national team caps under his belt and captained the Malawi National Golf Team on Zone VI tours in Botswana (2010), Kenya (2011) and South Africa (2014).In his free time, Ben enjoys going to the gym, playing golf and water sports.

Singalilwe Chilemba

Singalilwe Chilemba is a development professional currently working with the Department for International Development in Malawi. She is the Founder of Utawaleza, a community organisation established in 2016 with the aim of promoting a culture of reading and inspiring creative development in young Malawians. Through Utawaleza, book clubs have been established in four cities across Malawi, in addition to championing the donation of learning materials to under-resourced schools through community mobilization efforts. Singa chairs EGISA’s Governance and Compliance Committee.

Fawzia Osman

Fawzia Osman is an entrepreneur, politician and advocate for the rights of persons with albinism. She is the Managing Director of, Ntonya Schools -the first local private owned school in Malawi; Encore Creatives, a leading Events and PR firm and Mkanda Accesorise. Fawzia is also passionate about communication and brings a wealth of public relations, fundraising and events planning experience and expertise. She chairs EGISA’s Fundraising Committee.

Dr. Madeline Nyamwanza

Dr. Madeline Nyamwanza is a Veterinary Surgeon with 6 years’ experience in the animal health and livestock production field. She is an animal welfare advocate and the Malawi Country Coordinator for Vets United, a program funded by WTG, a German based animal welfare organisation. Madeline is passionate about mentorship and in her spare time, runs mentorship clubs in schools for young girls, inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM and previously male dominated spaces.


Brian Longwe

Brian Longwe has 26 years’ experience in the technology sector in Africa. He has been at the forefront in the development of Africa’s nascent internet sector, having led the introduction of digital internet connectivity in Kenya in the mid-90s. He has vast experience in Public Private Partnerships, rural ICT access development programmes as well as the development, establishment and management of critical internet infrastructure. He has been extensively involved in capacity building, planning and implementation of cyber strategies across the continent. Brian has experience in grant management, fundraising and donor relations as well as multi stakeholder engagements. Over the years he has also participated in the establishment of venture capital, private equity and entrepreneur development organizations currently serving the African continent. Brian currently serves as CEO for Converged Technology Networks, an ISP in Malawi.