Mathews Vakusi Madola

Job Title: 
Executive/Technical Assistant

Dr Mathews Vakusi Madola (Malawian) is the Executive/Technical Assistant in the Office of the Executive Secretary at the RUFORUM Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat on 1st April, 2015. His role is to facilitate the Executive Secretary’s strategic interface with RUFORUM Units for the effective mobilization of partners and resources and assisting the Executive Secretary in performing his function as Secretary to the Executive Board and other Board Committees. Mathews holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree with credit, MA in Economics both from Chancellor College, University of Malawi and a PhD in Economics from University of Greenwich, Natural Resources Institute, United Kingdom. Mathews has over 15 years of work experience of local and international development experience in Southern Africa. Mathews spent 10 years as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD), Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi (now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, LUANAR) conducting policy relevant research in agricultural, environmental and natural resources and engaging in policy dialogues with high level government officials  and development partners. More recently, Mathews worked as a Senior Management Consultant/Management Development Consultant at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM);  Project Manager/Cluster Development Expert for the Business Incubation for African Women Entrepreneurs (BIAWE) project at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) based in Lusaka Zambia; Consultant Economist- Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and Agriculture, Water Management (AWM) for FAO providing an assessment of the available means of finance from governments, donors and the private sector within short, medium and long-term time and preparation of  a comprehensive country investment profile, with AWM focus. Dr. Madola also previously worked in various portfolios for Malawi Rural Finance Company including Business Development Officer and Credit/Loans Officer.