Success story for Malawi’s ex President never ceases and if this is anything to put much focus on, then Joyce Banda has had a great time out of office.
Fresh reports show that Banda has been appointed as one of the Board Directors of Micronutrient Initiative (MI), a Canadian organization working to eliminate malnutrition.
According to MI, Banda has been appointed alongside Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation.
A statment by MI Chair, Strive Masiyiwa both new will appointees bring a wealth of experience in international development, diplomacy, policy development and business to the Board
“Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was the President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012 to 2014. She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running, Dr. Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups,” reads the statement.
Costanza is the CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation. She was Director of Leverage at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Costanza also worked for 10 years as a management consultant and for three years in the office of New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, advising on policy and politics.
Banda, according to MI will be together with her fellow appointed members on Friday, October 24, 2015 in Washington DC, USA for a first MI Board Meeting.
Despite being highly wanted in Malawi for a feared role she took in the infamous Cashgate scandal, Banda has been enjoyed her stay abroad where she went to just after losing in a disputed poll last year.
In March, she hit headlines again when she delivered a keynote address at the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) on the importance of investing in young girls and women in Washington D.C in the United States of America.
She remains outside Malawi despite some incessant reports that Malawi24 has been following that she will be coming back home this month.
And in January this year she was recognized by the CNN index as 2014’s most inspiring woman in politics, before the then Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa, who once claimed she (Banda) killed late Bingu wa Mutharika told international organizations to stop making Banda look a better leader.
According to CNN’s Leading Women special edition, the publication’s readers, partners and reporters voted Joyce Banda among the “most inspiring women worldwide who stood out for their accomplishments this year”.
Joyce Banda was Africa’s second woman president. She was Malawi’s vice president from 2009 but became president following the sudden death of president Bingu wa Mutharika on the 5 April in 2012.
Banda, who was also named Forbes’ Africa’s most powerful woman in 2014, failed to retain the position during the country’s May 20 presidential elections, losing to Bingu’s brother, Peter Mutharika.
However, Banda has maintained that the elections were rigged by the incumbent.
She founded Joyce Banda Foundation which empowers Malawian women and offers free education to some orphans and other vulnerable children in Malawi. She is on position 40 of the Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.