H.E. Joyce Banda from Zomba, Malawi owns several university degrees, including a diploma in NGO Management and a bachelor in Gender Studies of the Atlantic International University, USA.
In the past 20 years Ms Banda co-founded several national (for example: National Association of business Women, Young Emerging Leaders Network) and international (for example: African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa) women organizations especially focusing on support in the educational and work for women sectors.
She received several awards for her merits, like in 1998 when she was honored by the Africa Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs & ECA with the International Award for Entrepreneurship Development, followed by the 100 Heroines Award in the same year being awarded to her in Rochester, New York.
Further awards were followed by Government/Civil Society Leadership Award that has been conferred to her by the American and African Business Women’s Alliance from Washington D.C..In 2006 she also received the “Rita Hauser Award” (New York) and in 2010 she gained the Woman of Substance Award of the African Women Development Fund.
Additionally the Forbes Magazine Africa distinguished her as the third most influential and powerful woman of Africa.
Joyce Banda’s life shows an impressive political career. Among others she worked as the minister for gender, childcare and social services (2004 – 2006), foreign secretary (2006 – 2009) and as the vice-president of the republic of Malawi. Today she is the first female president of her country.