As stipulated in Section 4 of the NCHE Act, of 2011 The COUNCIL consists of six persons appointed by the Minister on account of high professional standing, special knowledge, skills and expertise in matters related to higher education in order to provide policy oversight.
In addition, the Act provides for the inclusion of the following ex-officio members:
- The Secretary for Education or his designated representative;
- The Secretary to the Treasury or his designated representative;
- The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations or is designated representative;
- The Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development;
- Two Vice Chancellors to represent public universities; and
- One Vice Chancellor to represent public universities.
The Secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer, supports Council in the execution of its mandate. The Secretariat is organized into two main departments, namely Accreditation and Quality Assurance, and Corporate Services.
The National Council for Higher education has three committees as follows;
- Quality Assurance and Accreditation
- Finance, Administration and Appointment
- Audit and Risk Management
Meet the Council
Independent Member and Chairperson of Council
He has a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Malaŵi/University of Bristol, United Kingdom; Master of Science (Agronomy) from Nottingham University (UK) and Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) and Diploma in Agriculture from University of Malaŵi. He has attended trainings leading to award of certificates in the following areas of expertise: Teaching Methods, Training for Transformation, Extension Management, Food Processing, Corporate Governance and Conflict Management from training institutions in Malaŵi, Israel, Republic of China (Taiwan), Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Japan, Germany and Denmark. With a progressive career spanning over four decades, he has served in the public and private sectors in senior positions including as Board Chairperson for Spear Head Holdings Limited; Chief Executive Officer for Tobacco Control Commission; Director General for State Residences, Office of the President and Cabinet; National Coordinator for One Village One Product (OVOP); Controller of Agricultural and Technical Services, Programme Manager and Senior Agricultural Extension and Training Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. He is also the Chairperson for Rain Water Harvesting Association of Malaŵi and Tobacco Producing Countries in Africa and the Secretary General for African Agriculture. He is multi-lingua with excellent competences in the following: English, Chichewa and Chitumbuka and fair usage of Japanese, Danish, Swahili, Shona, Sena, Nyungwe and Portuguese.
Independent Member and Vice Chairperson of Council
He has a Diploma in Education from the University of Malaŵi in 1985 and a Master of Education (School Administration and Education Policy) from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom (1997) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States of America in 2006. Dr. Kadzera is an expert in education. He started his career as a primary school teacher (1978 – 1987) and then as a teacher educator at the then Domasi Teacher Training College (1987 – 1993) and Kasungu Teacher Training College (1994 – 2001). He retired after working as a Chief Lecturer at Domasi College of Education (2003 – 2015). He has held several responsibilities like Deputy Head teacher (Mpapa Primary School), Head of Practical Arts Department (Domasi Teachers College and Kasungu Teachers College), and Head of P.E. Creative and Expressive Arts Department and Chief Teaching Practice Coordinator at Domasi College of Education. He co-planned and executed an outreach programme on Enhancing Child Friendly Schools in Zomba and Machinga Districts. He participated in the development and implementation of curriculum development and learning materials in Primary, Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Independent Member and Chairperson of the Finance, Administration and Appointments Committee (FAAC)
She graduated from the University of Malaŵi with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) Degree with Distinction and a Diploma in Business Studies. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK and is a Certified Public Accountant (MW). She completed the following professional trainings: Executive Management Programme with Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa; International Treasury and Cash Management Programme (Euromoney); and CFO Academy- Eurofinance. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the financial sector. Her current position is Executive Director on the Board and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Standard Bank (Malaŵi). In that role she has also acted as Managing Director of Standard Bank PLC (SBML) whenever the MD/Chief Executive Officer has been away in the past five years. She has represented her bank on the National Steering Committee for the implementation of Basel II in Malaŵi. She has championed the Global Fund Initiative in Standard Bank in Malaŵi, Girl Child Mentorship Initiative in Partnership with UNICEF and represented Standard Bank at Public-Private Dialogue, an initiative of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism. Prior to her current position as Executive Director on the Board and Chief Finance Officer, which she has held from July 2010, she served as Head of Finance (September 2006 – June 2010). Other positions held include Financial Controller for NICO General Insurance Company Malaŵi Limited (May 2001 to August 2006), Chief Accountant for NICO Holdings Limited (February 1998 to April 2001) Manager for NICO Corporate Finance Limited (July 1996 to January 1998) and Management Trainee for NICO Holdings Limited (October 1993 to June 1996).
He holds a Master of Education Degree (Management and Administration – 1984), from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Prior to that he earned a Diploma in Educational Administration (specialising in Administration of Higher Education) 1982, from University of Leeds and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Public Administration) in 1976 from University of Malaŵi. He has attended various trainings in Corporate Governance, Effective Tendering, Procurement and Negotiation Strategies, Human Resource Planning and Recruitment Techniques, Managing Change and Corporate Culture, Corporate Accountability, Human Resource Management and Development, Contract Law for Non-Legal Professionals, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Strategic Planning and Management in Parastatals, and Personnel Management in Canada, Cyprus, England, Malaŵi, Namibia and South Africa.
He has vast experience in the public and private sector, including management of public and private higher education institutions. His experience includes as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) for The Catholic University of Malaŵi (2010- 2014) and University Registrar at the same institution from January to October 2010. Between 2000 and 2009 he was Director of Administration and Company Secretary, Malaŵi Telecommunications Limited (later changed to Chief Administration Officer and Company Secretary following the privatization of the company). From November 1997 to March 2000 he served as Registrar, Bunda College of Agriculture and Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malaŵi. From July 1996 to October 1997 he was Personnel and Administration Manager, Malaŵi Rural Finance Company and from July 1986 to July 1996 he was college Registrar, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Chancellor College and College of Medicine, University of Malaŵi. He served as Senior Assistant Registrar (Planning) during the period 1986 to 1996 at the University Office. From July 1980 to July 1986 he was an Assistant Registrar, Chancellor College and Malaŵi Polytechnic of the University of Malaŵi. From July 1978 to June 1980 he was an Administrative Assistant at the University Central Administration Office and Chancellor College, University of Malaŵi. From July 1976 to June 1978 he was an Administrative Officer, essentially serving as an Accountant Trainee at the Malaŵi Housing Corporation. He has also served as a Board Member for the following organisations: Malaŵi National Council of Sports (1996-1998), Malaŵi National Commission for UNESCO (1998-2001) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malaŵi Limited (2008-2012).
He has a Masters of Theology in Youth Ministry (MTh) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from Stellenbosch University, Licentiate from Zomba Theological College (2002) and T2 Teaching Certificate (1998). He is registered as a PhD student with Stellenbosch University.
He is an ordained church Minister of the Word of God with 18 years in the Ministry and Moderator of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod Assembly. He has served as Parish Minister doing Pastoral work in various Congregations both rural and urban for 17 years. He has been Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Malaŵi Council of Churches (from 2017), Youth Director (2010 – 2017), Board Member for Synod Health (2008 – 12) and Board Chair of Early Childhood Development (2012 – 2014) for the Livingstonia Synod. He has represented the Synod and participated in international initiatives such as Boys and Girls Brigade International in Lusaka, Zambia (2005), Presbyterian Church of USA Women’s Conference, Church of Scotland Youth Parliament, Glasgow (2016); Christian and Muslim Relationships in Fighting Radicalism and Religious Conflicts, Nairobi Kenya (2017), Partnership Exchange to PCUSA (2017); General Assemblies for Church of Scotland and Presbyterian Church of Ireland (2018).
Independent Member and Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Management Committee
He is an experienced professional in financial management. He is a holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (1983) obtained from Miami University, Ohio, in the United States of America and Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Statistics) from University of Malaŵi (1979). He has wide experience in institutional development and management. He has also attended many regional and international workshops, short courses and conferences in the area of higher education. He attended trainings in management at Galilee International Management Institute, Israel (2010), International Institute on Higher Education, University of Maryland at College Park, USA (1993), Finance and Resource Management in Higher Education, University of Bath (UK) (1990) and Management in Higher Education Institutions, University of Manchester (1985). He has also been a team member of several consultancies, the notable ones being a World Bank funded study on the cost structure of the Agricultural and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), and a Review of the Tertiary Education Needs for Malaŵi which was in support of a World Bank Mission on the same. He has been involved in the setting up of financial systems for newly established colleges in the University of Malaŵi, and in 1995 was engaged by the Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (ARET) as the Trust’s first Financial Controller charged with the task of developing the financial and administrative systems for the new organization. He has also served as a Member of the Working Committee on the establishment of Mzuzu University. In this role, he prepared a policy statement on fees for the new University following a study tour of some institutions in Zimbabwe. He was also a co-opted member of the Committee on the establishment of Mzuzu University and the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology. He also served on the Board of the Malaŵi Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre where he chaired the Centre’s Finance and Administrative Committee.
Professor Address Mauakowa Malata (PhD, MSc, BSc, FAAN)
Ex-Officio Member representing public universities and Chairperson of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee
Professor Address Malata is the Vice-Chancellor of the Malaŵi University of Science and Technology. She is former President of Africa Honour Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau International; former Vice President of International Confederation of Midwives and former Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), a Constituent College of the University of Malaŵi and spearheaded it to become a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre in 2016.
She has spearheaded the Development and implementation of various Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in the fields of Health, Nursing, Midwifery and Science, Innovation and Technology. She has also facilitated capacity building for faculty and other staff in various fields. Her research work has focused on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS, Health workforce among others and works as a consultant in the same fields.
She is a renowned international speaker, author and editor of various journals in the field of health, nursing, midwifery and health workforce. She serves on various international, regional and national boards. She is also an advocate for girls and women empowerment through education.
She is a Virginia Henderson Fellow of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and an Adjunct Professor for Michigan State University. She received a Doctor Honaris Causa from the University of Oslo in Norway, and an Award of Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery from the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malaŵi. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the University of Malaŵi for being one of the first female Professors. She received a Customer Focused Executive of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Customer Management in 2015. She has recently been awarded the Edith Cowan University 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award (Inaugural).
JOHN DANWELL KALENGA SAKA (BSc, BSc (Hons), Malawi, PhD (East Anglia), D. Uni. (Honoris causa), Strathclyde)
Ex-Officio Member representing public universities/Vice Chairperson of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee
Prof John D. Saka has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi since December, 2013 providing strategic leadership to the oldest and largest University in Malawi. Since December, 2017, he is on a month-month engagement as the University of Malawi is being transformed into three separate universities. Prof Saka is an academic and chemist with research interests in the utilization and commercialisation of natural resources such as cassava, indigenous fruits, medicinal and herbal plants. Prof Saka has over 30 years of research and teaching experience. As a teacher, Prof Saka has been a supervisor and mentor of a number of PhD and MSc students working on the chemistry of local plant foods, diversifying product range and safety and quality of the derived foods; the outputs of this effort have been published in international and local journals. He served as a member of the Working Committee for establishing the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology from 2005-2010 and from December, 2010 an active member of the Working Committee for establishment of 6 public universities. He chaired the Academic Affairs Sub-Committee responsible for the development of academic programmes for the new Universities. He has been the first Chairperson of the Council for the Malawi University of Science and Technology from June, 2013 to March, 2015. Prof Saka served as the Chairperson of the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) for 3 years, 2008- 2010. As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi, he is the Chairperson of the Malawi National Examination Board.
Prof John Saka has a track record on international publishing in refereed scientific journals as well as book chapters. Prof JDK Saka led a network comprising Universities of Malawi, Pretoria, Dar es Salaam, Namibia and Witwatersrand -the Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products and funded to the tune of USD800, 000 by Carnegie through the Regional Initiative for Science Education. He has also led a NOK5,698,000 NUFU funded multidisciplinary project on Capacity building in water Science project involving Universities of Malawi, Oslo, Botswana and Western Cape. He also led a NOK233000 NORHED project to develop a proposal for NORAD funding. He is the Malawi Team Leader on the Cassava: Adding value for Africa project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates (USD 1.9 million for 5 –years, 2010-2019), which concerns the processing and marketing of high quality cassava flour (HQCF) for both household utilisation and the confectionery industry.
Prof John Saka obtained a doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) from the University of East Anglia where he studied from 1982-1985. His research work was on Studies in 1, 2, 3- triazine chemistry under Dr. A.J. Boulton. He obtained BSc (Hon, First Class) in 1981 and BSc (Distinction) in 1980 from Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
Prof Saka was appointed full Professor of Chemistry on 13 August, 2002 and delivered Professorial Inaugural Lecture in October, 2004. Prof Saka was an Associate Professor/Reader from April, 1995 to 12 August, 2002 and a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry from April, 1992. He returned from doctoral studies in November, 1985 joining the Department as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry. From October, 1981-November, 1985 he served the University of Malawi as an Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry.
Prof Saka enjoys and participates in playing badminton, sightseeing, light jogging and reading.
Professor Sharon Pittman
Ex-Officio Member representing private universities
She obtained her PhD in 1993 from the University of Illinois where her doctoral studies addressed e-Learning perceptions among faculty using Diffusion of Innovation Theory. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri specializing in non-profit management. Professor Pittman has had a diverse career in both international development and higher education administration. She has managed major USAID funded projects for NGO’s in Guinea Conakry, Iraq and Madagascar. She has authored a book on peace-building and published significantly in the areas of refugee management. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and has taught graduate courses on international development management in South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, France, Romania, Albania, Italy and of the USA. She has been a consultant for numerous international organizations in the areas of Women’s Issues, Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Programme Design and Accreditation Management. Professor Pittman has been conducting faculty mentoring and has mentored over 45 doctoral scholars in their post-graduate research. She continues to teach graduate scholars online at the University of Texas, Southern Adventist University and at Andrews University. She currently spends most of her time leading the academic teams at Malaŵi Adventist University where she serves as the Vice-Chancellor. Her leadership focus is on leveraging the recourses from the global development industry while advancing quality in higher education here in Malaŵi. She is working with her team of faculty to build e-learning and scholarly capacity that will enhance learning outcomes for students. In addition to her work as VC, she also serves as the Secretary of the Pan African Adventist University Association and is eager to expand the quality and voice of private universities operating within Malaŵi and across Africa.