The CISONECC has a five-person Board of Trustees led by a Chairperson which is entrusted to protect and defend the interest of network members and broader society as a Chief spokesperson of the network on matters of policy.  The Chairperson, who will be signatory to audit accounts, will convene and preside over meetings and ensure the constitution is respected.



Chairman of the Board

Gracian Zibelu Banda is a practicing Lawyer who has since 1994 been involved in environmental policy and law making in Malawi and southern Africa. He has served as lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Malawi and Regional Environmental Lawyer for  IUCN Regional Office for Southern Africa. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. 




Joanna is an accountant by profession and is a member of the Association Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  She holds an Executive MBA from the East and Southern African School of Management (ESAMI) and Maastricht School of  Management  (MSM), a certificate in NGO Management  and a bachelor’s  degree of commerce  ( Accountancy) from the Polytechnic University of Malawi. 

She has vast experience in accounting and financial management and NGO Management, with more than ten years of experience as an NGO senior manager.  She has worked in several organisations in the field of accounting:  for Churches Action in Relief & Development ( CARD), GABLE SMC Project  and Deloitte & Touché.  

Currently, she is working as Deputy Country Representative of Norwegian Church Aid as well as Head of Finance and Administration. She also serves on MEJN Board.

Joanna is passionate about working in the non-government sector which seeks to alleviate conditions of the less privileged in society. Her contribution to the work of NGOs is to ensure that their work is professionally executed, accountable to both the rights holders and donors; and that NGOs deliver on their promises and eliminate mediocrity in their ranks.



Mc Jullior Carstens Kwataine, a retired senior primary school teacher (PT3) from 1989 to 2004 took over the chieftaincy in 1998. In 2004 he was appointed the Chairperson of the NICE District Advisory Committee until the present. Between 2006 and 2012 he was appointed as a board member of the Forest Management Board. In 2012 he was elected chairperson of the Local Forest Management Board for Dzonzi -Mvai Forest Reserve. On 25th April 2012 he was appointed the National Chairperson of the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood in Malawi. 

Chief Kwataine is currently a board member of Landnet Malawi, Vice Chairperson  for the Creative Centre Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) and a trustee of CISONECC.




Fumakazi Munthali is a social development practitioner -  a facilitator and trainer with extensive experience in strategy, programme and project development and management, participatory development methodologies and group process facilitation, gender and HIV & AIDS mainstreaming and organisational development. Currently working as a social development advisor for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Malawi, she has over twenty years of experience in development work in Malawi and Rwanda. 

Previously she has held senior leadership, management and technical positions in international and local non-governmental organisations and in the Malawi government at national, regional and district levels. She has worked on both development and humanitarian programmes focussing on livelihoods, disaster risk management, peace building, local governance and capacity building of civil society organisations. She has a strong commitment towards empowering people at grassroots level and ensuring their participation in development processes with compassion for women’s issues and diversity.

She is serving as Board Member for Malawi AIDS Counselling and Resource Organization (MACRO) and President of the Auxiliary of the Gideon’s International – Lilongwe West Camp. Previously served as Trustee for the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi and Advisory Board member for a Cross Border (Mozambique/Malawi) Women s’ Development Project by Christian Service Committee. 

She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology (Women in Development), Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Economics) and Certificates in NGO Management and Gender Mainstreaming.



Ms. Jere is currently Director for Evangelican Lutheran Development Service,  a church based NGO  whose specific areas include strategic management, project management and coordination (sustainable livelihoods ( food and nutrition security, microfinance, water and sanitation) HIV and AIDS, health, environment and climate change, relief and disaster management and community systems strengthening), resource mobilization for civil society,  grants management, human resource management, community driven development, gender, capacity building, research and technology transfer, monitoring and evaluation, procurement and management of consultants and education and training.

She has worked as a research scientist for over ten years with the Ministry of Agriculture (Malawi government, Department of Agricultural Research) and with the World Fish Centre, an international research centre.  Some of her notable experiences include: identification of innovative development activities relevant to smallholder farmers in rural communities, formulation of approaches for implementing pilot activities with a view to come up with smallholder development strategies in line with the government policy and production and dissemination of regular programme situation reports. While working with the Ministry of Agriculture, she was awarded the first prize by the National Research Council of Malawi as the outstanding Scientist for the Agricultural Sciences Committee Contract Research Projects.