Barbara Banda is women’s rights activist, a tutor and practicing social entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Development Management. She has studied Marketing, Gender and Trade and is a professional coach in training. She has over thirty years experience working with communities and as a consultant in the Sub-Saharan Africa region addressing issues of governance, gender equality, conflict resolution, nutrition, building community capacities and environmental management. Barbara is based in Lilongwe, and is the executive director of the National Association of Business Women, which is a chapter of the COMESA Federation of Associations of Business Women. She sits on several boards and is the chairperson of the NGO Gender Coordination Network, a grouping of fifty-four NGOs focusing on policy advocacy.
Barbara is a herb farmer and has found her moment in working with women entrepreneurs who have shown resilience through innovation.