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The Vice Chancellor - Professor Emmanuel Kaunda


Professor Emmanuel Kaunda has a broad and extensive experience in leadership and management within the Higher education sector in Malawi and beyond and is an accomplished high-level academic leader and researcher.

He is an alumnus of the Rhodes University and his career in higher education spans 27 years, of which more than 10 years have been spent in various senior leadership positions. He served as Acting Vice Chancellor (2016-2017) and first Deputy Vice Chancellor (2013-2016) of LUANAR. Before this, he served as Vice Principal of Bunda College under University of Malawi between 2004-2010. Currently he is the Director of the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries and Technical Coordinator of the NEPAD/Southern Africa Network on Biosciences (SANBIO) Fish Node at LUANAR.

In addition, Professor Kaunda is the current Board Chairperson of the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Transitional Unit of the delinking of University of Malawi, and Co-Lead of the Top Management Track in the Innovations Scholars Programme(ISP) of the Michigan State University (MSU) and College of Agriculture and Environment Science (CAES) of Makerere University. He also serves on the Board of the African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE).

Professor Kaunda has received several outstanding awards locally and internationally for his work including the Robin L Welcomme Fellowship at Michigan State University (2019), the Impact Research and Science in Africa (IMPRESSA) Award (2013) and Aqua culturist of the year 2011 by the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA). Earlier, Prof Kaunda received the Best Seminar PhD Award during his Doctoral studies in Fisheries Science at Rhodes University, RSA (2001). He has published extensively in respected national and international journals in the area of aquaculture and fisheries. He is a co-founder of Kawjo Foundation, a non-profit organization which is impacting the lives of many fish farmers in the country.