Malawi University of Science and Technology has demonstrated that it's a centre of innovation and excellence and it's being led by a Titan, Professor Adress Malata who is poised to even take the institution to greater heights. We can't wait to pick her brains as she shares the stage with Killy Nkaonja, the managing director of Zoona Malawi. The two amazing women will share their ideas on innovation, FINTECH solutions and startup growth.
This will be an amazing event with diverse audience of intellectuals, entrepreneurs and policy makers. Startup Grind Blantyre will spice up the event with great presentations from sponsors but also a round of snacks and drinks to facilitate networking which is one of the core objectives of the event.
We can't wait to see you all there and enjoy a hefty dosage of entrepreneurial talk and connections.
Professor Address Mauakowa Malata (PhD, MSc, BSc, FAAN)
Professor Address Malata is the Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology. She is former President of Africa Honor Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She is also former Vice President of International Confederation of Midwives and former Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), a Constituent College of the University of Malawi and spearheaded it to become a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre in 2016.
Through her leadership, She has spearheaded the Development and Implementation of various Undergraduate and Postgraduate in the fields of Health, Science, Innovation and Technology. Furthermore, She has promoted Faculty capacity building in the same fields.
She has been actively involved in Resource Mobilization through research grants for Undergraduate and Postgraduate education as well as infrastructure development for Malawi and beyond. Professor Malata is renowned international speaker, author and editor of various journals in the field of health and science. 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 STTI, and an Adjunct Professor for Michigan State University. She received a Doctor Honaris Cuasa by University of Oslo in Norway, and an Award of Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery by the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the University of Malawi 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 is at the helm of a purpose-driven African FinTech business. Zoona with its visionary CEO Mike Quinn, Zoona has raised $23 million (R300 million) in venture capital and grow an active customer base of 1.5 million consumers and 1,500 agents in 3 countries. Zoona has processed over $1.2 billion in transactions. Headquartered in Mauritius, Zoona has support offices in South Africa, and operations in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Zoona helps communities thrive by providing a mobile payment platform that creates entrepreneurs. Zoona was selected by the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute as one of the top start-ups in the world helping girls get out of poverty.
Join us at the fireside chat to learn about starting and growing a profitable purpose-driven social enterprise and how to raise various types of international and local funding.