About us

Who we are

The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) is a US$ 14 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by the private sector active in Malawi’s agricultural, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme, UK Aid and KFW, the MICF is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector.

Our Team

The faces behind the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund.

Navin Kumar

Fund Manager
He brings over 20 years of experience with large corporate agribusiness firms across a number of emerging markets. He's worked in Malawi’s commercial agri-business and manufacturing sectors and has supported the development of new inclusive business models.

Tambulani Nduwa Chunga

Grant Officer
Tambulani brings over 11 years of experience of working in the corporate sector – both in the manufacturing and agribusiness sector. He has worked on numerous donor financed projects in both Malawi and Zambia.

Rollins Chitika

Grant Officer
He is an Agricultural Economist with experience in value chains and market development; project management; private sector development; international trade and policy analysis. He brings 8 years of experience working in M4P and value chain development projects.

Buddhika Samarasinghe

MICF Project Director
He brings over 20 years of experience of working with international agribusiness and manufacturing firms, and supporting private sector development throughout Africa. He is a leading expert in the management, review and design of Challenge Fund projects.

Kerry Hamilton

MICF Project Advisor
Kerry has over 20 years of experience working with the private sector combining commercial and development goal – with extensive involvement in the design, implementation and management of challenge funds globally.

John McGrath

MICF Advisor
He is the Managing Director of Imani Malawi and senior technical advisor to the MICF, bringing over 26 years experience in private sector development and policy engagement in East and Southern Africa.

Sarah Karlsson

Grant Officer
Sarah is a Development Economist with experience in international trade and policy analysis. She has previously worked in Malawi's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow for two years.

NAVIN KUMAR

FundManager

He brings over 20 years of experience with large corporate agribusiness firms across a number of emerging markets. He's worked in Malawi’s commercial agri-business and manufacturing sectors and has supported the development of new inclusive business models.

TAMBULANI NDUWA CHUNGA

Grant Officer

Tambulani brings over 11 years of experience of working in the corporate sector – both in the manufacturing and agribusiness sector. He has worked on numerous donor financed projects in both Malawi and Zambia.

Rollins Chitika

Grant Officer

He is an Agricultural Economist with experience in value chains and market development; project management; private sector development; international trade and policy analysis. He brings 8 years of experience working in M4P and value chain development projects.

BUDDHIKA SAMARASINGHE

MICF Project Director

He brings over 20 years of experience of working with international agribusiness and manufacturing firms, and supporting private sector development throughout Africa. He is a leading expert in the management, review and design of Challenge Fund projects.

KERRY HAMILTON

MICF Project Advisor

Kerry has over 20 years of experience working with the private sector combining commercial and development goal – with extensive involvement in the design, implementation and management of challenge funds globally.

JOHN MCGRATH

MICF Advisor

He is the Managing Director of Imani Malawi and senior technical advisor to the MICF, bringing over 26 years experience in private sector development and policy engagement in East and Southern Africa.

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