John-Gift MwakhwawaJohn-Gift Mwakhwawa


Malawi

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Managing Partner at Juris Chambers

Professional History


John-Gift Mwakhwawa is a prominent and well respected lawyer at the Malawi Bar. Whilst working as a Managing Partner at Juris Chambers, a commercial law practice he founded in 2005, he has placed his legal skills at the service of social justice in a way that has raised his standing in society. He has represented civil society organizations and the indigent for free and engaged in ground breaking public interest litigation through which he has made a significant contribution to the development of constitutionalism in Malawi. From February 2010 to February 2013, in his capacity as President of the Malawi Law Society (a statutory body which regulates the legal profession and serves as an independent watchdog of government) he played a particularly crucial role in the consolidation of democracy in Malawi. He has also supported academic activities and the publication of scholarly works on Malawian law. He is currently the Chairman of the Bar Committee charged with monitoring, reporting and advocating for good governance and the rule of law.

Qualifications


Masters degree in Commercial and Corporate law Masters degree in Law Governance in the Developing World from University College London

Programs


2013 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
01 June 2018

A strong group of Tutu Fellows have worked tirelessly and volunteered their time in the production of the forthcoming  Africa Innovation Summit which will take place from June 6-8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The patrons of the event are President Paul Kagame and the former President of Cabo Verde, Pedro Pires.  The 2018 Summit will be a multifaceted event that will bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including decision-makers to seek innovative and disruptive solutions for the challenges facing African countries.

Norman Smit
01 June 2018

By day, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is an impact investor who works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services.  By night - or in his spare time - he is a Nigerian football historian. 

Dr Wiebe Boer's latest work on Nigerian football, a book titled The History of Football In Nigeria - A story of Heroes and Epics, is to launch in Lagos on 10 June 2018.  It's been favorably reviewed by no less than Aliko Dangote, the President and CEO of the Dangote Group. 

Norman Smit
31 May 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer will be opening her 16th educational facility in 2019 in Witpoortjie, South Africa. Stacey is the co-founder of SPARK Schools, an independent school network that she started in 2012 with Ryan Harrison. They believed that an innovative approach could disrupt the crisis in South African education and dedicated themselves to creating a new model that would provide access to high quality education for all.  The network keeps school fees as low as possible. Despite this, the network has schools rated among the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg.

Charles Sidambe
31 May 2018

Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono, is set to premiere a new documentary film entitled State of Mind in Harare in June 2018. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities.

State of Mind will launch in Harare with an introduction by Graca Machel.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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