Malawian shining at Yale University

Written by  Mayeso Chikhadzula

Taziona, son to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is a development economist with extensive experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, having worked in the major economic centers of Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg.


He is currently a Partner at Genesis-Analytics – a South African economic advisory firm working in emerging markets.


In this role, Taz advises African governments and corporations on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and other innovative financing mechanisms to address the critical shortage of infrastructure that hinders economic growth and development.


Prior to Genesis, Taz was the Head of the South African Budget Office, responsible for the national and provincial budget framework.


He was also Head of Infrastructure Finance within the Government’s central PPP Unit where he led negotiations on a number of flagship projects in the transport and power sectors.

This expertise took him to Nigeria where he served in the Lagos State Governor’s Office.


In Malawi, Taz was the World Bank’s Country Office Economist working on private sector development, public expenditure management and poverty reduction strategies.


Taz is regularly called upon to lead capacity building programs in various African countries to strengthen planning and project appraisal systems and so enable better quality public services.


Chaponda said he want to utilize his skills to motivate young Malawians to become meaningful citizens.


Recently Taz made Malawi proud by becoming the only Malawian this year to be admitted to the very prestigious YALE WORLD FELLOWS PROGRAMME, at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.


“This is a 4-month mid-career programme for future leaders in their respective fields,” said Chaponda.


“It is extremely competitive to get into the programme. Out of 4,500 applicants every year, they only select 16 people from across the world. “

The programme started in 2002 and only 2 Malawians, including Chaponda, have ever been admitted to The Fellowship in the last 13 years.


Chaponda started his studies there in August this year.

Yale World Fellows brings 16 accomplished, mid-career, global leaders to Yale’s flagship leadership development program for a four-month immersive transformational journey.
The program was established in 2002 and now has a network of 275 Fellows from 84 countries.

The Program provides the opportunity for World Fellows to contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, participate in events, collaborate with peers, audit classes, mentor students and lead round-table discussions.

In doing so, it exposes emerging global leaders to new ideas and ways of doing and thinking. Brilliant minds are refreshed, challenged and expanded.

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