Full Name
Ms. Colleen Pempho Zamba
Job Title
Secretary to the President and Cabinet
Malawi Government
Speaker Bio
A seasoned development professional with over thirty-five years of experience, including twenty-five years in Executive/Senior management roles at national and international levels. Skilled in economic policy, strategic planning, and fostering sustainable development. Demonstrated expertise in resource mobilization, analysis, decision-making, and team leadership within multicultural environments.


▪ M Phil. Economic Planning, University of Glasgow, UK

▪ Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy, University of Glasgow, UK

▪ Bachelor of Social Science (Economics), University of Malawi

Professional Experience (Selected)

1) Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Malawi Government

2) Head, Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) and Chief Advisor to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and International Affairs

3) Country Director a.i., UNDP (Zambia, Nigeria)

4) Economic Advisor and Head, Policy and Strategy, UNDP

5) Country Coordinator for Malawi UN Millennium Project

6) Principal Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Commerce, and Industry, Malawi Government

7) Principal Secretary, Debt & Aid Management, Ministry of Finance- Malawi Government.

8) Secretary, Cabinet Committee on the Economy

9) Principal Secretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance- Malawi Government

10) Comptroller of Statutory Corporations responsible for the State Corporations in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Co-authored various reports and publications on economic development, poverty alleviation, and sustainable growth in Nigeria and Malawi.
Colleen Pempho Zamba