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Theme: Within. Without

This event occurred on
May 25, 2013
8:00am - 4:00pm CAT
(UTC +2hrs)

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Henry Kachaje

Henry Kachaje, an economist by training, is Managing Director of Business Consult Africa, a professional consulting and business development service provider he helped establish in 2000 with technical expertise from Traidcraft PLC.

Maria Haralambidou

Maria Haralambidou is the founder and Executive Director of ‘People of the Sun’, a social enterprise with a mission of fusing design, business and economic development.

Masankho Banda

Masankho Banda is an internationally renowned Peacebuilder, Performing Artist and Cross Cultural Activist based in Lilongwe. Malawi. His inspiring efforts in peacebuilding and creating diversity got him an “Unsung Hero” award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001.

Chitsanzo Lamba-Isaac

Chitsanzo Lamba-Isaac is a lecturer of Architecture at the Polytechnic- University of Malawi, Blantyre. She encourages her students to think beyond the constraints of the physical environment they live in, and to imagine new possibilities using innovation.

Edmond Kachale

Edmond Kachale is a Malawi-based software developer interested in developing human language technology tools for underrepresented African languages. Since 2006, he has been developing language systems independently for Chichewa, the de-facto national language of Malawi.

Ellen Doherty

Ellen Doherty is a social documentary photographer based between the UK and Malawi. She is driven by a passion to create unique images that tell stories from all sections of society. Her career to date has taken her from photography in the music industry to working in social enterprise and charity development.

Godfrey Masauli

Godfrey Masauli always dreamt of flying, even though that dream felt outside his reach. A chance encounter with a Canadian paraglider was the opportunity of a lifetime. The couple toured the country teaching children to fly kites and follow their dreams no matter what the challenge. Eventually Godfrey followed his own dream to become Malawi's first paraglider pilot. Since taking to the skies, Godfrey has become an inspirational figure in his community and Malawi at large.

Jeffrey Tillius

Jeffrey is a Haitian native affected by the earthquake in 2010 as well as a current witness to the national shortage in Malawi with essential medicine while serving with Partners in Health through the Global Health Corps Fellowship.

Heather Lulu Maseko

Heather Lulu Maseko is a climate justice advocate and has been involved in a number of climate change campaigns and organisations. She has contributed to Go Green Malawi, a campaign that engages media and artists to facilitate debate on climate change. She has also been involved with EcoFahion, the Green Campus Initiative, UNEP Youth and other local green initiatives.

Qabaniso Malewezi

Qabaniso Malewezi, better known as ‘Q’, grew up in the capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe. With a passion for the arts, he studied performing arts at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in the United Kingdom. Despite the accumulated expertise in music, Q found his voice in poetry.

Rachel Sibande

Rachel is Country Director for the USAID funded Market Linkages Initiative project. She is passionate about development of technologies for rural development and has since been on the lead in the implementation of sms technologies for agricultural development for Malawian smallholders.

Seodi White

Seodi White is a social development lawyer, socio-legal researcher and writer on women’s human rights. As an African feminist and Director of Women and the Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA Malawi), she has been influential in achieving ground-breaking law reform to protect women’s rights, and in promoting women’s access to justice in Malawi and throughout Southern Africa.

Steve Sharra

Steve Sharra is Director of Link Community Development Malawi. His children’s book Fleeing the War won the 1995 British Council Write a Story competition, and was published by Macmillan Malawi.

Organizing team


Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Austin Madinga
  • Anders Ettestol
  • Zilanie Gondwe Nyundo
  • Soren Feldbaek
  • Tristram Johnson
    Audio Production
  • Tim Brack
  • Piroska Bisits Bullen
  • Emily Bailey