Concepcion Gaxiola, Executive Director
As AGE Africa’s Executive Director, Concepcion is responsible for leading AGE Africa’s vision, mission, strategy, and fundraising efforts. Most recently, she served as Director of Development at Women Thrive Worldwide, now Women Thrive Alliance, and as Director of Organizational Advancement at United to End Genocide. Prior to her work in nonprofits Concepcion worked for 10 years at Troxler and Associates Inc., now TVP Asset, a private real estate financial firm in Southern California.
In her spare time, Concepcion enjoys reading, yoga, cooking and discovering her creativity.
Emily Hall, Development Manager
Emily manages the development of communications and fundraising plans as a liaison between stakeholders in the U.S. and Malawi. Through impact storytelling, she shares narratives of resilience to increase revenue, steward and cultivate relationships with donors, raise awareness of AGE Africa’s projects, and contribute to discourse on global girls’ education. Prior to joining AGE Africa, Emily worked as a Program Officer for the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs and Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programs. As an educator and scholar-practitioner, she has led teacher training and research projects in Nepal, Tanzania, Cambodia and the United States. Emily holds a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Anthropology from Washington College and an MA in International Education from The George Washington University.
Alison Anderson, Financial & IT Consultant
Alison manages AGE Africa’s finance and technology needs. Alison is a principle at Lovellette Consulting, specializing in nonprofit’s finance, administrative, and data management needs. Previously, Alison has acted as the General/Operations Manager for several multimillion dollar nonprofits, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and New Repertory Theatre. Alison holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Davidson College in Theatre and a concentration in International Studies, Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Master of Arts Management with Highest Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University’s John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.
Toni Sewell, Financial Consultant
Toni manages AGE’s bookkeeping and payroll needs. Previously Toni worked for The University of Alabama School of Medicine Alumni Association assisting with communications, database management and alumni events. Toni holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Alabama.
Deseree Chacha, Intern
Deseree is AGE Africa’s Developmental and Communications Intern. She is currently a second year undergraduate student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Deseree is actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a regional concentration in Africa and a minor in Sociology. She contributes towards the advancement of AGE Africa’s mission through social media outreach, events management, and further administrative tasks.
As a first-generation Tanzanian-American she has established great interests in foreign service as well as economic and youth development within the continent of Africa. Deseree is pleased to work alongside AGE Africa in furthering opportunities for young girls and women in Malawi through education.
Ulanda Mtamba, Country Director
Ulanda is AGE’s Country Director and is a passionate advocate for health, gender and education for girls and women.
Ulanda brings with her 15 years of experience in national and international non-profit focused programming and implementation with an emphasis in organizational development and governance. She views AGE Africa’s mission to promote girls education in Malawi and beyond as a natural continuation of her previous work as an AVAC Fellow where she advocated for greater investment in new HIV prevention options for adolescent girls and young women in Malawi.
Before joining AGE Africa, Ulanda served as Head of Programmes for Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission. Her work focused on developing and implementing sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and HIV programs. Prior to that, Ulanda was a Policy Manager for Goal Malawi, where she worked in collaboration with the human resource department to support the organization in policy development and implementation on gender and HIV mainstreaming and integration.
Ulanda also served at United Nations as a HELP Coordinator, managing HIV workplace program for 10 UN agencies in Malawi. She also held several positions at National Association for people Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi, including as the Regional Coordinator, where she oversaw programs implementation in central region of Malawi.
Ulanda started her career in private sector as an Administration Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with ESAMI. She is also a Chartered Marketer with Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an International Diploma in Project Management with Cambridge University.
Dumisani Nkhonjera, Program and Learning Manager
Dumisani provides Programme and Governance direction and guides the implementation of AGE Africa’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework. He brings over 10 years of experience in the Malawi education sector particularly in areas of M&E and Project Management. He has a demonstrated history of working in education management and is skilled in public speaking, development of M&E Systems and tools, as well as development and usage of digital Data Management systems.
Before joining AGE Africa, Dumisani worked as Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Manager for the Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi where he was leading the overall monitoring of various programs and conducting baseline, midterm and end line surveys. He also led program management in various organizations including Blantyre Synod Education Department and the Ministry of Education of the Malawi Government first as a Teacher and then a Head teacher. Dumisani has worked with various stakeholders at National, District and community levels in over 15 Districts in Malawi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Humanities and a Master of Education in Policy Planning and Leadership both from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.
Bertha Bonongwe, District Officer Mangochi
Bertha is passionate to work with girls as she herself had been bursary beneficiary during her secondary and tertiary education. Her story inspires many girls and Bertha continues to identify deeply with what it means for a girl to have a dream without the resources to achieve it.
Bertha feels that working with AGE Africa will help girls that have dreams to become successful women in fulfilling their vision.
Before joining AGE Africa, Bertha worked with Concern Universal (now United Purpose) for a period of 5 years on different portfolios.
Bertha has also worked under Malaria Project as a Field officer, and also as a Field Facilitator for Enhancing Quality and Inclusive Public Services (EQUIPS). Between 2013 and mid 2016 Bertha worked as a Water and Sanitation Officer in the same organization. She has substantial experience in community mobilization and engagement.
Bertha has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Share World Open University and also a Diploma in Food Nutrition and Livelihood Security from the Natural Resource College of Malawi.
Irina Manjomo Pasiya, District Officer Mulanje
Irina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education with Honors from the Catholic University of Malawi in 2011. In 2012, Irina joined the Malawi Council for the Handicapped as a Community Rehabilitation Officer. She later served in the Women and Children’s Section as an Officer and a Coordinator.
Over the years, Irina has gained facilitation, project management, and community-based rehabilitation skills. Irina enjoys working with young girls from poor socioeconomic backgrounds as she comes from a similar background. She also enjoys traveling and collecting art in her spare time.
Lusungu Mwale, District Officer Machinga/Zomba
Lusungu Holds a Bachelors of Education (Business Studies) obtained from University of Malawi, The Polytechnic (Now Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences).
Lusungu has six years’ experience in managing and coordinating different projects focusing on Girls’ Education, Literacy and Early Childhood Development. From 2015 to Mid 2017 Lusungu worked as a District Project Coordinator for Keeping Girls In School Project- Cash Transfer responsible for Karonga district under Livingstonia Synod Education Department. From Mid 2017 to September 2021, Lusungu worked with World Vision international on different portfolios (District Technical Programme Coordinator for Education, Zonal Technical Programme Coordinator for Education and Education Project Officer)
Passionate about girl education, Lusungu would like to see girls even those from the most vulnerable families or communities having access to quality education and realizing their potential.
Mustapher Chirwa, Office Administrator
Mustapher works as an Office Assistant to AGE’s Malawi office and provides administrative support to all AGE Africa staff on all personnel matters, assist Country Director with the day to day program work as requested and assists Finance & Administration Officer on execution of daily financial transactions.
Prior to joining AGE Africa Mustapher worked at Inter Aide Hydro 9 Project in Phalombe for three years as Stores Clerk and Administrative Assistant.
Mustapher is a holder of Certificate in Financial Accounting from Institute of Chartered Accountant in Malawi (ICAM) obtained at Accountancy Tuition College in 2017 and currently studying Diploma in Financial Accounting.