Dr. Robert T. Hanjahanja, PhD in Environmental Eng., MSc in Planning & Management of Urban Services, BSc in Civil Eng. (R.Eng.)
Robert was appointed as Chief Executive officer on 13th September 2021. He is a Water Utility Specialist with passion for serving the urban poor.
He has a career spanning 29 years and during that time, has worked with the Ministry of Works and Supplies as a Water Engineer, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief as Water and Sanitation Coordinator, Lilongwe Water Board as Director of Technical Services, Habitat for Humanity as Country Director, USAID- SUWASA in Kenya as a Utility Specialist, Southern Region Water Board as Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development as Chief Director and USAID-EWASH in Nigeria as Deputy Chief of Party.
Robert is a Registered Utility Management Specialist with the Institute of Public/Private Partnerships (USA) and is a Registered Engineer with the Malawi Board of Engineers.
He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with focus on water service delivery options to the urban poor from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Urban Services from WEDC, Loughborough University, United Kingdom and a Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Malawi (Polytechnic).
Director of Finance
Mr Paul K.K Chiumia, - ACCA, BAcc (Unima)
Mr. Paul Chiumia joined Blantyre Water Board as Director of Finance on 11th March 2019 after serving as Director of Finance, Human Resources and Administration at Malawi Gaming Board for 9 years.
He is professionally trained as a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is a registered member of the Malawi Accountants Board (MAB). Academically, he is trained up to Executive Master of Business Administration (degree pending) and Bachelor of Accountancy with credit, both from the University of Malawi – The Polytechnic.
He has worked in both private and public organizations for over 18 years and has vast experience in financial, administration and audit matters. Mr. Chiumia has good interpersonal skills and high level of integrity.
Director of Technical Services
Eng. Mavuto M. Chiipanthenga, MSc Integrated Water Resource Management, BSc (Civil Eng.)
Eng. Mavuto Chiipanthenga was appointed as Director of Technical Services on 25th June, 2012. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Integrated Water Resources Management with specialization in Water Supply and Sanitation from University of Zimbabwe, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Civil Engineering both obtained from the University of Malawi. He is a practicing professional Engineer registered with the Malawi Board of Engineers.
He has over 20 years working experience acquired from both private and public sectors as a water manager as well as a roads/ civil engineer.
He has considerable experience in the supervision of water, buildings and road construction works as well as maintenance works and have been involved in initiating, supervision and control of major investment programmes that includes electromechanical equipment.
Director of Distribution and Commerce
Mr. Verson Julian Kafodya, MSc - Municipal Water and Infrastructure (WSE), BSc Civil
Mr. Verson Julian Kafodya was appointed as Director of Distribution and Commerce on 2nd May, 2016. He holds a Master of Science in Municipal Water and Infrastructure majoring in Water Supply Engineering obtained from UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands.
He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering obtained from University of Malawi, the Polytechnic. In addition, he has a Master of Business Administration which he obtained in 2018. Mr. Kafodya is a Registered Associate Member of Malawi Institution of Engineers. He has 21 years working experience acquired from both private and public sectors.
Director of Human Resource and Administration
Mrs Mercy Phiri, (Masters in Business Administration (MBA) – ESAMI; Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration) – UNIMA)
Mrs. Mercy Phiri was appointed as Director of Human Resource and Administration on 3rd February 2022.
She has a career in human resource management and administration with exceptional knowledge and experience in this field spanning over 20 years mainly in the private sector.
She is a professional Human Resources and Administration practitioner and a member of the Institute of People Management Malawi.
Mrs. Mercy Phiri is a holder of an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from East and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) obtained in 2010 and a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from University of Malawi obtained in 2001.