Joyce Banda appointed into global nutrition board

The Canada-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI) has announced the appointment of Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi to its Board of Directors.

Joyce Banda now board member of Micronutrient Initiative

Joyce Banda now board member of Micronutrient Initiative



Banda has been appointed alongside Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, according to an announcement by the institution through its website –

The Micronutrient Initiative provides affordable and innovative solutions to end micronutrient deficiencies across the world. It brings together technical experts, advocates, analysts, evaluators, educators, resource managers and nutrition champions who can end what is called hidden hunger. MI aims to improve the lives of close to 500 million people in more than 70 countries.

“It’s an honour to welcome such accomplished leaders to the MI Board of Directors. With their support, MI will continue to broaden its impact on a global scale to ensure the most vulnerable people in the world can, through good nutrition, reach their full potential,”said Strive Masiyiwa, MI Chair in a statement.

Masiyiwa says both new 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.

It says Costanza is the CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, where she develops and implements strategies to ensure impactful grant making. Prior to this, 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.

The Board of Directors’ role is to provide leadership to MI as it expands its current programming in the areas of child survival, child health, growth and development and women’s and newborn survival.

Malawi’s former leader said she is looking forward to joining a group of committed and influential board members from all over the world to put an end to hidden hunger, saying there is great need in the world for dynamic organizations like MI “to help scale up nutrition.”

Banda is expected to be attending her first MI Board Meeting on Friday, October 24, 2015 in Washington DC, USA.

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33 thoughts on “Joyce Banda appointed into global nutrition board”

  1. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Amalawi yanu ijha yombwambwana! Why congratulate such a monstrous mbava? Shaa! Paja aMalawi kusachedwa kuyiwala.

  2. ZBS says:

    Respect Mama JB- To be recognized with such accomplished people like Strive Masiyiwa is no mean achievement. We wish you well

  3. Yaya kumudzi says:


  4. orangiza says:

    zabwino zose mayi. timakunyadirani kwambiri koma choti ndinene musabwere kaye kuno .chifukwa somba yabwino yikakhara pamozi ndi zowora zose angoti ndizowora .mubwerabe mayi thawi yikakwana .garu wathuyu uyu anaba mavoti zinthu zikumukanika saziwaso kuyankhura amangoti phiii

    1. ALODZE-ALODZE says:

      Kaifeeeeeeeee,kukha mzimayi sichifukwa!muli bho mama

  5. Ndaipalero says:

    Datx welcome idea to us coz kuno ndye zavuta basi kukhalira kunyozedwa akuti sangadye tindalama tathu tama taxpayer kkkkkkkkkkkkk Agogo wa aaaaaaa zinali bwino kale bola inu amama

  6. Namadingo says:


  7. GULINGA says:


    May the almighty Load our God bless u so abundantly and give strong life.

    I hope God is still saying something for u to come back home and lead His
    people for u’re liken Moses who brought out the Israelites out of the
    hard hands of Pharos

  8. kanganya says:


    1. ALODZE-ALODZE says:

      Kwaifeeeeeee! Kukhala mzimayi sichifukwa

  9. Alied Ausi says:

    Congrants mama,God bless u we love u

  10. mweyeye 1 says:

    Congrats JB

  11. Mukamabwerako says:

    Any away,when you are coming back home,please bring with you those expired biscuits and milk from over there!!!! Oh!! Now for them you just a nutrition officer. Azungu awa chipongwe basi!!!!

  12. Petro Njilagoma says:

    Congrats ur excellency

  13. BRAJOE says:

    Nkhope ya mayi JB ndiyamakobiri osati zimbalangondozi.

  14. BRAJOE says:

    APM has to work 10 months to reach a 1 month JB salary. Pitala amwalira ndi nsanje.

  15. BRAJOE says:

    Amalawi ayamba kukukonda tsopano ayiwala zazana.ankawona ngati muvutika mpaka kalekale, mulungu sataya wake. Congulates from zero to hero. Well done.

  16. Betty Mkandawire says:

    Congratulation her Excellency Madam Joyce Banda. That is what God does and that is what he is. Despite our shortfalls he still remains faithful to us.

  17. waseme says:

    A Moyenda, kudziwana chiani inu akulu. koma anakakhala enawa ndiye munakati congrants.
    Khalidwe la chimalawi la sanje basi. JB woyeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

  18. mtate mike rsa says:

    Praise the lord our God ,Jesus christ will never let you down

  19. Manyuchi says:

    Kodi kumudzi mubwera liti mai? Kukhala ngati mwasiya kuphodatu mulomo watuwa

  20. Issa Kabudula says:

    Conglatuation mai Joyce banda for the appointment – I still see you as a blocker of development in Malawi, still time to rectify, work towards Malawians development and don’t punish Malawians due to the 2014 loss, you can still be a darling of the people with/without being head of state.

    Please mai Joyce Banda, I am begging to please work like a mother, who after sometime come back after frustration and nurses the wound in pain, and caries on. Those mothers and women behaviour, get angry, frustration and forgives, yes not soon but she forgives, therefore I need to see you one day talking good of Malawi and its new leadership – easy am just asking for this favour – may u=you prosper in all your developmental activities, we are proud to having you as a Malawian and a states woman.

  21. your daughter( exstudent of COM) says:

    But JB you are enjoying out there but time will come when all these will disappear unless you are not coming to Malawi this October end.Watch DPP is ready to tanish your good image to dirtiest image that you have never experienced. Dont say I did not warn you. Dont come here.

  22. dungulinya says:

    Congratulations Mama. This is your truly calling

  23. Mark Liwonde says:

    izo nzabwino koma tabwerani kumudzi

  24. Jimbo says:

    JB became President by default, she was not elected to the office. She was President for less than two years. She has been absent from Malawi for the past 16+ months at least. Why are these organizations throwing honours at her?

  25. BONGIE says:

    WHAT IS COMING IS BETTER THAN WHAT HAS GONE.God help those who help themselves, Tsalani ndi APM wanuyo.

  26. Ineyo says:

    No comment

  27. The real ujeni says:

    From local to global leadership, God is not man.





  29. moyenda says:

    hahahahaha… Strive Masiyiwa wake yemweyi????? forbid, apasilana kuziwana ndithu, nothing else! politics at its play

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