Madalo Samati


Malawi Advisory Board

Madalo is the Director of Programs at Imagine Worldwide Ltd (Malawi), with over 20 years of experience in project management, action and policy research, community mobilization and social and behavioral change communication, NGO leadership, and Education Development and Diplomacy. Her work centers on promoting inclusive quality education for marginalized children working at the school, district, national and global levels. In the past, She led a renowned national wide education NGO- CRECCOM, advised a USAID-funded Next Generation Project supporting Malawi’s National Reading Program, was a guest scholar at Brookings in 2013 where she influenced global attention toward community-led solutions to educate girls, engaged with Malawi’s Policy makers, decentralized structures at the district, and government extension, at the community level – cultural and other institutions, men, women, girls, and boys, was instrumental in the review of key education policies such as Girls’ Readmission Policy, school improvement planning at primary and secondary levels, etc.  During her tenure as Director of Programs at CRECCOM, the organization was awarded as ‘most innovative NGO on girls programming’ in 2013, ‘2006 nation’s achiever due to its contribution to education’ by the Nation Daily Newspaper.

Ms Samati was recognized as an NGO Leader with a vision, for example was awarded by US based Open Society Foundation to lead CRECCOM (a Malawian nation-wide NGO) establish a social enterprise, CRECOMEX – a resource social accelerator for financial sustainability. Due to her passion for empowerment of marginalized children and girls, she was also selected a Global Guest Scholar on girls’ education and alumni at USA Think tank – Brookings Institution at the Centre for Universal Education in Washington DC from 2013 to date.

She holds a Master of Arts (Sustainable International Development) (2010) from Brandeis University – USA