Executive Director: Timothy Mtambo
Timothy Mtambo is a passionate Governance and Human Rights Practitioner and Activist. He has over 9 years of experience in programming and managing Development, Human Rights and Governance Programmes. He holds an advanced Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development with the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Pavia in Italy. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Humanities degree from the University of Malawi. Timothy has always been a passionate human rights defender from his childhood and has always stood up for justice and humanity. He was always in the students’ leadership throughout his academic career; he was the head of students’ body during his primary and secondary school. During his University studies he became the Speaker, the most influential position of the Students Union of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. He also became the youngest President for the Philosophy Society of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. No wonder he is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), a Malawi’s pioneer Human Rights and Governance institution founded in 1995 whose mission is to protect and promote the culture of Human Rights and Good Governance for human development.
Before joining CHRR, he worked with government and the private sector as Court based Social Worker (Probation Officer) and Marketing and Sales Manager respectively. Currently, he is the Chairperson of the Malawi Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Alliance, He is the Chairperson of the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Network, Chairperson Civil Society Network on Transparency and Accountability in Malawi; Co-Chairperson for the National Technical Working Group on LGBTI Rights; Spokesperson of Citizens Forum for the Defense of Good Governance in Malawi; and he is serving in various boards and committees such as the board of Malawi Electoral Support Network; the board of the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network; the Africa Technical Working Group on Open Contracting: Steering Committee of the Malawi Open Governance Partnership and Steering Committee for Malawi Alliance against Child Marriages. Timothy also serves as country focal point for the global Civil Society Coalition for International Criminal Justice and the Civil Society Coalition for Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He has massive experience in human rights advocacy at community level, national level and international level such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and Committee.
As an Activist and CSO leader in Malawi, Timothy Mtambo has provided frontline leadership in human rights advocacy and awareness, policy and legal reforms and demanding accountability from government on various governance challenges cropping the country including corruption. Despite the fact that the government has managed to co-opt several CSO leaders, Timothy Mtambo is one of the few CSO leaders who have refused to be corrupted and he has mobilized a network of young and upcoming activists to fill the gap. He has and continues to provide leadership on several national accountability and advocacy initiatives.