Citizens for Justice has a committed board made up of experts in the fields of finance, environment, natural resource management, the extractive industries, law and human resources
Andy Kaonga oversees CFJ’s legal compliance. Andy is a licenced Legal Practitioner and Commissioner of Oaths with seven years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours, awarded from the University of Malawi in 2007 and is currently completing an Executive MBA with East and Southern African Management Institute. Andy is presently a Partner and Legal Practitioner with Wilkinson & Associates, bringing with him experience from his role as Senior Legal Advisor to the Malawian Government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security from 2009 to 2012. He is also Corporate Secretary for the Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), Enterprise Development Holdings and its subsidiaries.
Ms Mary Lorraine Nkando is an experienced Banker having worked in the banking industry for seventeen years. With her experience, she provides oversight to CFJ’s financial management as Head of the Finance Committee. She joined the board in 2012. Mary holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree (Economics and Computer Applications) from the University of Malawi Chancellor College and an Associate Diploma in Treasury Management and International Trade Finance from the Institute of Bankers in South Africa. At present, Mary is pursuing an MBA with the University of Malawi Polytechnic.
Mary has held various portfolios in First Merchant Bank from Bank Clerk and Treasury Manager to Senior Manager and Head of Emerging Sectors, among others. As Head of Emerging Sectors, she was responsible for managing the business portfolio in the mining and tourism sector. She was appointed on the board of one of the parastatals, Southern Region Water Board heading the audit committee from October, 2012 to September, 2014. She was also a member of the Rotary Club of Lilongwe from 2007 to 2012. Currently, she is the managing director of Palm Villa Lodges.
Dr Judith Kamoto is a development sociologist and Senior Lecturer at Lilongwe University of Natural Resources and Agriculture, formerly Bunda College of Agriculture. She has vast experience in the management of Malawi’s natural resources and improving the livelihood outcomes for smallholder farmers, including her work with the World Agroforestry Centre, Food and Agriculture Organisation, National Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi, United Nations Development Programme and Concern Universal, among others. Her work at present centres on the decentralised governance of natural resources with a focus on policies and community based natural resources management.
Judith hold a PhD in Development Studies (International and Rural Development) and is affiliated with the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) (commons mines included), International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), Women Organisation in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WOCAN) and African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD). With her depth of experience, Judith provides guidance to CFJ on programming.
Clement Kalonga is Sustainable Development expert with key bias to Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Emergencies Preparedness and Response. He is a certified consultant for ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System and ISO 90001 – Quality Management Systems. Other expertise include Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Research and Analysis; Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Systems and Gender Main-streaming and Women Rights in Development.
Currently working with the UN and supporting the Government of Malawi in Climate Change Adaptation mainstreaming in development delivery. He has experience in a variety of developed and humanitarian tools and approaches which include: Community Participatory Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD); Food and Livelihoods Quantitative and qualitative Field assessments; Multi-country and Multi-stakeholder Project Management; Fundraising and Donor Contract Management; Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Programme Frameworks.
Notable approaches he has championed include Development Partnerships Initiation, Review and Brokerage; Institutional Capacity Assessment and Capacity Building Programmes; Team Capacity Development; SPHERE based Humanitarian Programming; Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC); Sustainable Charcoal Framework for Energy; Community Sustainable Energy Access and Policy Advocacy; Emergency Market Mapping & Analysis (EMMA) and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management
Clement works with and is affiliated to a number of national, regional and international development networks including Climate Alliance Network International; Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA); World Life and Environmental Society of Malawi; Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe.
Bernard Ndau joined Citizens for Justice’s Board in early 2016. Bernard is Group Administration Executive/General Counsel to the Press Corporation Group, Malawi and joined the Group in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulatory Affairs at Airtel Malawi Ltd. Before joining Airtel, Bernard worked as General Counsel of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) from 2008 to 2011 and as Legal Counsel in the legal department of the World Bank in Washington DC from 2005 to 2007.
As Legal Practitioner, he worked for a private practice firm of Messrs Savjani & Co from 1999 to 2004. In his own right, Bernard is a Fulbright Scholar and a part time post graduate lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration at the Law School of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Bernard holds a Bachelor and Masters of Law.
Laura Kandulu is a dynamic people centered Human Resource and Administrative Professional with significant experience in HR management and development, performance management, organisational development and strategic management. Laura holds a Certificate in Secretarial Studies, a Degree in Business Administration from the Cyprus Institute of Management, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Polytechnic College, University of Malawi.
Besides her vast aforementioned experience, Laura has also initiated, introduced and developed in-house pension schemes and HIV/AIDS workplace programmes. In her work, she has assisted in the development of performance related compensation schemes including monetisation of employee benefits and determination of retrenchment packages. She has also assisted in the development and implementation of financial and non-financial incentives for management and staff (i.e. bonus and rewards). This experience coupled with constant dialogue with the Industrial Relations Court has equipped her with the knowledge, experience and skills in making fair and informed decisions on labour issues.