Governance structure

MISA Malawi is a membership-based organisation. The membership is open to all individuals and institutions that subscribe to MISA Malawi ideals. Currently, MISA Malawi individual members include people working in private, community and public media institutions as well as human rights activists. Institutional members include media houses and journalism and media training institutions. Individuals and institutions renew their membership annually (information on how you do this, fees and the membership form are available here).

MISA Malawi members meet annually during an Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM elects members of the MISA Malawi National Governing Council and is the highest decision making structure of the organisation.

National Governing Council (NGC)

Every three years, MISA Malawi members elect five members to serve on the National Governing Council. Three of the five Council members are elected from among the membership during the annual general meeting. The other two members, a lawyer and a chartered accountant, are co-opted based on their area of expertise.

Chairperson: Teresa Temweka Ndanga
Ndanga is an award-winning journalist with more than 10 years experience as a reporter and editor. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Malawi Polytechnic and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in the United States. Ndanga is currently the Public Relations Manager for the Malawi-based AHL Group. Previously, she was the Director of News and Current Affairs at Zodiak Broadcasting Station.

Cell: +265 999 247 911

Vice Chairperson: Clifton Kawanga
Kawanga is a respected journalist with 12 years experience as a reporter and editor. He is the current chairperson of the Malawi Editor’s Forum and editor at Times Group, publishers of Daily Times, Malawi News and Sunday Times. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Education) from Mzuzu University and Master’s in Media and Development from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom.

Council Member: Mandy Pondani
Pondani is a trained multi-media journalist and communications specialist with a Master’s Degree in International Communication. She currently works as a Senior Journalist at Times Group, publishers of Daily Times, Malawi News and Sunday Times.

MISA Lawyer: Mandala Mambulasa
Mambulasa is a co-opted member of MISA’s Council, having served in this capacity since 2011. Mambulasa, a respected human rights lawyer, is a former Chairperson of the Malawi Law Society. MISA Malawi benefits from his valuable human rights knowledge and corporate governance experience.

MISA Accountant: Wiza Mwenitete Ng’oma
Ng’oma is a chartered accountant, currently working at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation as Compliance Manager. Ng’oma brings to MISA Malawi valuable finance and accounting experience to enable the organisation to effectively manage resources and sustain donor confidence.

The Secretariat

The Council provides policy direction in the running of the Secretariat, who are MISA Malawi employees. The Secretariat currently has three full-time members of staff and two interns.

National Director: Aubrey Chikungwa
Aubrey Chikungwa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communication for Development. He has been with MISA Malawi since 2009 as the National Director in charge of the Chapter’s operations.

Cell: +265 999 327 311

Programmes Officer: Moses Chitsulo
Before joining MISA Malawi in 2018, Moses Chitsulo was a politics and governance reporter with the Times Group. He has also managed different projects and consultancies. Moses holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Malawi Polytechnic, University of Malawi.

Accountant: James Kamchikwe
A qualified accountant with an accountancy degree from Exploits University, James Kamchikwe has been with MISA Malawi since 2007. In the past, Kamchikwe has worked with Catholic Relief Services, KPMG Audit Firm, Catholic Development Commission and Malawi Social Action Fund.