Joyce Banda President, Malawi 2012-2014
Joyce Banda is the Former President of Malawi. She held the office from 2012 to 2014. Banda was the fourth 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 then became Malawi’s first female vice-president, a position she held from 2009 to 2012. She was also a Member of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Gender, Children's Affairs and Community Services. 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.
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