Dr. Agnes Mwangwela is a Food Scientist with 25 years of experience in university teaching in food science, food product development and food analysis at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. From 2008, Dr. Mwangwela has served in university leadership as deputy head and later Head of Home economics department, two terms as Dean of Food and Human Sciences, Chair of Deans, College Director of Bunda College and is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Dr. Mwangwela is a holder of PhD in Food Science from the University of Pretoria, an MSc and BSc from the University of Malawi. Dr. Mwangwela currently leads Food Composition data compilation and management for Malawi and is a seasoned researcher who has been awarded research grants of over US$1.9 Million from McKnight foundation, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) & Africa Rising; International Foundation for Science (IFS), South African NRF, USAID- Bean Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP), USAID Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL). She has published 24 pieces of research articles international peer reviewed journals and supervised 3 PhD, 44 MSc and 69 BSc students.
She has substantial knowledge of leading project supported by development partners (United States Agency for International Development- USAID, Irish Aid, European Union Delegation- EU and Japanese International Cooperation Agency-JICA), farmers and food processing companies (Valid Nutrition, Technoserve- Malawi). She has provided consulting services to private companies and public value addition programs such as One Village One Product (OVOP). Dr. Mwangwela is experienced in domestic and international partnership engagement, currently Dr. Mwangwela is the Focal point for the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) which is a consortium of MSU and ten leading African universities that are committed to working in equitable partnership to transform lives and address global challenges.
Dr Mwangwela is a recipient The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology fellowship. As part of a career development program for African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD), Dr. Mwangwela was one of the first Mentors in 2008 and has proceeded to mentor two more women in 2013 and 2014 under this program and continues to do so through the Southern Africa Regional Universities Association (SARUA) and UK Research and Innovations (UKRI) Food Security network (FSnet). As a citizen of the country Dr. Mwangwela is engaged in government policy formulation and implementation in her area of expertise through the National Nutrition Coordinating committee, Policy Advisory Team for DNHA and Board Chairperson for Malawi Bureau of Standards.