Chilima role model for Malawi youth professionals: Airtel Malawi MD

As Malawi joined the rest of the world on Monday in commemorating the International Youth Day, Airtel Malawi managing director Saulos Chilima represented youth professionals at the forum which was attended by President Joyce Banda in Ntcheu.

International Youth Day, which is observed by the United Nations and its member countries to provide a platform to examine and bring attention to the issues and opportunities young people face .

At 40, Chilima is the first Malawian to head Airtel, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Malawi.

In his motivational speech, Chilima advised youths in Malawi to embrace and master survival skills if they are to make it big in life.

Chilima advised the youth in the country to be hard working both in school and at work if they want to achieve big in life.

Airtel Malawi managing director Saulos Chilima
Airtel Malawi managing director Saulos Chilima

In August 2010, Chilima became the first local managing director for Airtel Malawi and is one of the country’s youngest executive officers.

He joined the company in 2006 as sales and distribution director, bringing with him over 15 years  experience in various sectors.

Chilima held senior sales and marketing positions in banking and the fast-moving consumer goods sectors, namely the Leasing and Finance Company, Unilever Malawi, Coca Cola and Carlsberg before joining the telecommunications field.

He is one of the youths who also played a pivotal role in championing multi-party democracy when he was  president of students union at Chancellor College.

Chilima holds a Master’s degree in Economics and is currently reading towards a PhD in Business Management with the University of Bolton.

A devout Christian  who hails from Ntcheu, Chilima is married to Mary and have two children.

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