Victor Mponda-Banda is an international development consultant deployed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi as policy advisor to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization aimed at promoting agricultural transformation in Africa. AGRA is a unique organization inspired by the late Koﬁ Annan and largely supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
His work centers on facilitating and supporting the policy reform agenda, which aims at creating an enabling environment for investment. His current assignment follows a previous engagement as the national coordinator for the G7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Partnership. In this assignment, he engaged and followed up with the Government of Malawi over 15 policy commitments, which the G8/7 development partners had agreed to support while the private sector had indicated investment intentions.
Earlier in his career, Mponda-Banda was a volunteer at the United Nations, an executive at the Investment Promotion Agency, and had worked with EU. and GIZ projects in the private sector development area.
Mponda-Banda holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Malawi and a master’s degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University.
His research as an Asia Global Fellow will examine how countries like Malawi can stay competitive in investment promotion efforts. He will also explore what policies and strategies would ensure competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment for harnessing growth, drawing lessons from the Asian tigers.
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