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Joyce Banda President, Malawi 2012-2014

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Joyce Banda President, Malawi 2012-2014

Joyce Banda is the Former President of Malawi, holding the office from 2012-2014 and being the 4th president of Malawi and first female to hold the title. She began her political life as a representative for the Zomba-Malosa constituency in 1999 and served there until 2009 when she would become Malawi’s first female vice president from 2009-2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbus University, a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Gender Studies from the Atlantic International University, and a Diploma in Management of NGOs from the International Labour Organization. Banda also earned a Cambridge School Certificate as welll as an honorary doctorate from Jeonju University. In addition to her educational accolades, Banda established organizations before her political career, including Ndekani Garments, Akajuwe Enterprises, and Kalingidza Bakery. She was the founder of a number of organizations including the Joyce Banda Foundation and the National Association of Business Women. She is still Vice-President of the Joyce Banda Foundation, which works in Malawian development and educational initiatives. Joyce Banda is a prominent educator, activist, and women's rights advocate. In 2014, Forbes named her the 40th most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa.