Prof. Blessings Chinsinga

Director of Strategy and Management and Senior Partner | 265888577842

Blessings Chinsinga is a Professor of Political Economy of Development at the Department of Political and 
Administrative Studies (PAS) at the University of Malawi since April 2014. He holds a PhD in 
Development Studies obtained in October 2005 from the University of Mainz, Germany through the 
Centre for Development Research (ZEF) domiciled at the University of Bonn. He attained his Master of 
Philosophy degree in Development Studies in July 1998 at the University of Cambridge, St. Edmunds 
College and his Bachelor’s degree at Chancellor College, University of Malawi in August 1995. He joined 
PAS in March 1996, rising to Senior Lecturer in July 2002 and Associate Professor in July 2006. He has 
served in various administrative, managerial and leadership capacities as Acting Head of PAS; founding 
Coordinator for the Master of Development Studies Programme; Deputy Dean of Social Science for two 
consecutive terms; and as Deputy Director and Director for the Centre for Social Research (CSR), which is 
the research arm of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Malawi. He served as Deputy 
Director and Director for the CSR between January 2013 and September 2021. He is widely published in 
his areas of expertise both locally and internationally in reputable publication outlets. His main expertise 
and areas of interest include political economy of development; politics of policy processes and political 
economy analysis; policy analysis and institutional development; rural livelihoods, food security and 
poverty reduction; democracy, governance and decentralization; and local level politics and 
development. He also runs a biweekly column in the Sunday Times, ‘Talking Political Economy’ and he is 
IPOR’s cofounding Senior Partner. 



Dr. Boniface Dulani

Director of Research and Senior Partner | +265994000409

Boniface holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University in the United States (2011). Dr. Dulani brings to IPOR a rich experience in conducting survey research in Africa through his involvement as a senior member of the Afrobarometer- a pan- Africanist research network that undertakes a series of public opinion surveys on governance, democracy, markets, livelihoods and other related topics in over 35 African countries. His areas of research interest include governance and democracy, presidential politics, politics of development, rural development, civil society and other related topics. Dr. Dulani is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science of at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi and also serves as the Fieldwork Operations Manager for Southern and Francophone Africa in the Afrobarometer.



Ass. Prof. Michael Chasukwa

Deputy Director of Research | +265993007186

Michael Chasukwa holds a PhD (Development Studies) from the University of Leeds, MA 
(Political Science) and BA (Public Administration) from the University of Malawi. His research 
and teaching interests include development cooperation, political economy of development, 
institutions, public policy, local governance and agricultural policies as they relate to land, youth 
and development. He is a trained social scientist with knowledge and skills in qualitative and 
qualitative social science research. Dr Michael Chasukwa was a member of the Tilitonse Core 
Advisory Group that works on the political economy of interventions being implemented by 
partners of Tilitonse Foundation. He has carried out consultancies on development, 
decentralization, governance, agriculture, youth, social accountability with both international and 
local organizations such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Vision 
Malawi, GTZ-Malawi German Democracy and Decentralization Programme, Overseas 
Development Institute and Malawi Economic Justice Network, Irish Aid, Catholic Commission 
of Justice and Peace and Tilitonse. Dr Michael Chasukwa is an Associate Professor at the 
University of Malawi and Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, 
University of Malawi. Currently, Dr Michael Chasukwa is also a Postdoctoral Fellow and an 
Erasmus Visiting Scholar at University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and University of Verona 
(Italy) respectively. He has published in both local and international peer-reviewed journals 
including International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Peasant Studies, Agrarian 
South: the journal of Political Economy, Insights on Africa, Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of 
Development Effectiveness, Africa Review, and Journal of Asian and African Studies. 



Dr Kim Yi Dionne

Associate Partner | +1 (310) 487-8420

Kim is a Political Science professor at the University of California, Riverside and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kim is also an editor of the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post and the author of Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Response to AIDS in Africa. She collected much of the data for the book in Malawi when she was a Fulbright Fellow between 2008 and 2009. Kim's research focuses on African politics specifically public opinion, political behavior and interventions to improve human conditions. Twitter: @dadakim



Mrs Annie Gowelo

Receptionist and Librarian | +2651526571

Annie is a receptionist and adjunct librarian at IPOR. She holds a Malawi School Certificate of Education. Before joining IPOR, Annie worked as a receptionist at Korean Gardens and as a secretary at JR Private Schools.



Ms. Hannah Swila

Research Associate | +265992792727

Hannah is one of IPOR’s Research Associate, she holds bachelor’s degree in Education from Mzuzu University. She joined the Institution in the early years of its establishment and serviced as a Field Manager. She is very passionate about research and has wide experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. Hannah’s experience derived from working with both local and international researchers in different fields. Prior to joining the Institute of Public Opinion and Research, locally she had worked with Centre for Social Research (CSR) at the University of Malawi in Zomba as a Field Supervisor in Afrobarometer Studies and Corruption Surveys. Apart from working with CSR, she has worked with research academicians from the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College on projects like Money Talks; 50:50 Campaign.   Hannah has also gained tremendous experience through working with international researchers on donor funded projects like Governance and Local Development (GLD).



Mr Mwayi Masumbu

Research Associate | +265888752696

Mwayi joined IPOR in July 2016. Prior to joining IPOR, he worked for a number of research organizations including Chancellor College’s Centre for Social Research and Department of Economics. Mwayi’s expertise spans proposal writing, obtaining of ethical research clearance, training of field workers, oversight of research projects, data analysis, and report writing. His research areas of interest include development, migration, public opinion polling, citizen attitudes on government, and social welfare. Mwayi holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Malawi and is currently studying for a Master of Arts (Development Studies) at the same institution.



Mr Witness M.O.T Alfonso

Senior Research Associate | +265999406471

Witness is a Senior Research Associate and the Head of Section,  at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR).He holds a Master of Arts in Development studies degree from the University of Malawi and bachelor of Arts degree from Mzuzu University. With over six years of experience conducting research and managing projects in Malawi, Alfonso is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research designs, fieldwork management, and data analysis. He has led large scale research projects in the areas of education systems, Development, social protection, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Public Health and Political economy. Alfonso has worked on research projects with both local and international researchers and organisation that include Centre for Evaluation and Development (Germany), University of Notre Dame, Programme on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Overseas Development Institute, M&C Saatchi World Services, Girl Effect Malawi, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Afrobarometer, UNICEF Malawi and the World Bank.



Mr Wyson B. Mwabvula

Controller of Finance and Administration | +265999692936

Wyson is IPOR's Controller of Finance and Administration. He holds a Diploma in Financial Accounting by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Malawi (ICAM). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Accounting: Auditing and Information Systems with the Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA). Wyson has a vast experience in finance and administration acquired through working with both local and international organizations. Between 2013 and 2017, Wyson worked as an assistant accountant at Ekwendeni College of Health Sciences and in 2018, he worked at Strabag International GmbH before joining IPOR in February 2019.



Mr. Mphatso Chinsinga

Research Associate | +265884377981

Mphatso holds a bachelor of social science with a major in Economics from the University of Malawi. Mphatso is knowledgeable about social science research areas and study procedures. He is experienced in setting up and carrying out studies. His main areas of interest and expertise include poverty incidence and analysis, development economics, and applied econometrics.



Mr Benison Mwachande

Executive Officer | +2651526571

Benison holds the position of Executive Officer. He is a holder of a Certificate in Financial Accounting (ICAM) and is currently studying for a Diploma. He joined IPOR in 2016 and has been holding various position in the organization including assistant administrative officer and transport and logistics manager. Before joining IPOR, Benison worked for various research institutions including the Center for Social Research (CSR) and the National Statistics Office (NSO) where he worked as office assistant and data entry clerk respectively.



Miss Funny Muthema

Public Health and Social Policy Research Associate | +265 888738849

Funny is Public Health and Social Policy Research Associate at IPOR and holds Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Health from University of Malawi-The Polytechnic (currently known as Malawi University of Business and Applied Science.) Before joining IPOR, Funny has worked with several international and local organizations henceforth has over six years’ experience in the management of public health concerns in following fields: research/epidemiology, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and TB, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), health education and food safety and hygiene. Again, she has vast knowledge in: reproductive health, Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), occupation health and safety, environmental pollution control and environmental impact assessment.



Mr. Jacob Saikolo

Data Manager | +265884449382

Jacob has an experience in Analytics and Computation and holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and Computer Science from The University of Malawi. He works at IPOR as a Data Manager. Mr. Jacob Saikolo has an extensive experience in Research, Data Management and Computer Programming. Previously Jacob has worked with University of Malawi under Part-time teaching as Assistant staff Associate in Statistics, Tutor in Statistics and Computer Science, Research Assistant at Economics Department and as a Data officer at different Institutions and Organizations. His fields of interest are Data Science and Big Data, Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Bioinformatics with the aim of becoming a renowned Data Scientist.



Ms. Chimwemwe Kasakula

Communication Officer | 265885678744

Chimwemwe is a Communications Officer at IPOR and holds Bachelors Degree of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi-The Polytechnic (currently known as Malawi University of Business and Applied Science.) Prior to joining IPOR, Chimwemwe has worked for both the Government and Non-Governmental Organizations henceforth has over three years’ experience in communications and public relations. Again, she has vast knowledge in marketing, social media management and branding.



Mr. Finly Dulani

Driver | 265880744731

Finly Dulani is a Driver at IPOR, he is having MSCE (2014) and  having Grade 1 Trade test in General fitting from Ecom vocational training institute (2018). As a Driver he has a defensive driving certificate and a driving license code :B



Mr. Suzgo Ngwira

Research Associate for Governance | +265881610234

Suzgo is a research associate for Governance at IPOR. He is a researcher whose 
experience spans five years with proven ability in designing and implementing inter-disciplinary 
research and consultancies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political science from the University 
of Malawi Chancellor College and he is currently studying towards a master’s degree in 
development studies at the same institution. previously he has worked with both local and 
international organizations in various research positions including Norwegian Church Aid 
(NCA) where he was a monitoring and evaluation assistant. He has also worked with the 
University of Malawi Centre for Social Research (CSR) and Wadonda consult as research 
assistant and was also a part time research associate at forum for independent research (FIR). 
Suzgo has attended several relevant professional trainings and workshops