Our Team

The following is the current AquaFish Project Team.

DIRECTOR - Prof. Emmanuel Kaunda

Professor Emmanuel Kaunda is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Fisheries Science at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Fisheries (LUANAR). He holds a PhD in Fisheries Science at Rhodes University in 2001 where he also got the esteemed “Best PhD Seminar Award" at the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science.

As Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Emmanuel Kaunda has led the establishment of the Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme and is participating in development of Fish Incubation Programme at LUANAR.

Professor Emmanuel Kaunda got 3rd Prize of the IMPRESSA (Impact Research and Science in Africa) Award 2013 by RUFORUM as one of the best scientists in Africa significant contribution in the field of aquaculture and fisheries research and science including human and institutional development in Africa.

Before this, Professor Kaunda received a Certificate of recognition for significant contribution to Research & Outreach to LUANAR in 2012, and In 2011, winner of the Aquaculturist of the Year 2011 by the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) in 2011.

In addition to administrative duties, Professor Kaunda has also been instrumental in configuring the shape of the CAADP National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPS) for many countries in the region. In this regard, he is the co founder of African Fisheries Experts Network (Afr FishNet)- a fisheries voice for CAADP, whose team has reviewed more than 20 NAIPS on the continent to ensure that fish is appropriately positioned.

He recently facilitated an AU meeting on how livestock can be mainstreamed in the CAADP Results Framework after the Malabo declaration. He is the Coordinator of the African Union Aquaculture Working Group as well as Coordinator of the NEPAD Fish Node of the Southern Africa Network on Biosciences (SANBio). Professor Kaunda has published more than 50 papers in reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters and has supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students.


He holds a Ph.D in Fisheries Ecology (obtained in 2004) and Master of Science degree in Aquaculture which he obtained in 2001, both degrees obtained in Japan. Due to his excellent publication record, he was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), which he did up to March 2006.

Currently he is working as Associate Professor at LUANAR, Bunda Campus in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department, where apart from lecturing, he is supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also served as head of department from 2009-2012, and during his tenure it’s when the department started offering PhD program, which he was able to handle.

He is involved in research on Fish Biodiversity and Conservation, Fish Biotechnology as well as Fish Breeding. On Fish Biodiversity studies, he was coPI in the project funded by NEPAD through BioFisa Project where species diversity in rivers of Southern Africa were unraveled. He is also currently an implementer in the Malawi Pilot Development Project: Accelerating agricultural technology transfer from China (2014-2016) where he is involved in the breeding of Tilapia species. He won TWAS Young Scientist Award in 2008.


Dr. Wilson Jere has been administering postgraduate programs in aquaculture and fisheries science at MSc and PhD levels for three years. He has been overseeing the regional postgraduate programs in aquaculture and fisheries science as well as administering and awarding scholarships and research grants. He is currently coordinating two other donor funded projects that are responsible for strengthening postgraduate programs in aquaculture and fisheries science.

As an Associate Professor in Fish Genetics, Dr. Jere has been teaching and supervising research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

M&E SPECIALIST - Dr. Joseph Dzanja

Dr Joseph Dzanja is an Associate Professor of Agribusiness Management. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics obtained from University of Wales – Aberystwyth, UK in 2010 and a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Malawi (Bunda College of Agriculture) obtained in 1996. He also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, obtained from Israel. He is currently lecturing in the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). He lectures in a number of courses that include Entrepreneurship, Value Chain Finance, Value Chain Analysis, Managerial Economics and International Trade.

Dr Dzanja has been involved in various research and consultancy activities. His major areas of research include microfinance, Development of SMEs, commodity value chain development and Social Capital Development. He has published a number of papers in international refereed journals in these areas.

In terms of consultancy work, he has worked for a number of organizations both in Malawi and in several African countries in such areas as baseline and evaluation studies of development projects, Business feasibility and planning, policy reviews and commodity value chain analyses.


Professor Jeremiah Kang'ombe is an Aquaculture Nutrition Specialist. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology with Fish Nutrition as a Major, obtained from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and a Masters Degree in Animal Science (Aquaculture) from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.

Currently working at Bunda Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) as a Professor and also a Specialist in Aquatic Weed Science in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Department, Faculty of Natural Resources. He has been conducting extensive research in his field and related areas and published more than 40 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

He has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students‎ including PhD. He has also contributed to the aquaculture industry in the area of development of feed for smallholder and commercial industry.

Coordinator for staff and student - Dr Lawrence Mapemba

Lawrence Daniel Mapemba graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, USA. Dr. Mapemba is an agricultural economist based in Malawi with over 20 years of experience working on agricultural development related issues in Malawi and the region. He is currently an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

His current research includes agricultural policy analysis; the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) evaluation including understanding the political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of various actors involved in the program; economic impacts of climate change; climate smart agriculture, especially, socio-economic issues governing the uptake of conservation agriculture; legume value chains analysis and marketing under Feed the Future program; resource economics and agricultural marketing. Currently Dr.

Mapemba has been working in a team of experts developing the Agricultural Risk Management Strategy (ARMS) that will feed into Malawi’s National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP). The FISP evaluations that Dr. Mapemba has done have brought in lessons that he has used to advise the Malawi Government on better programming of the subsidy program. Through his affiliation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of USA, he has done policy studies on the nexus among household demand for energy, water and food and advised government on policy design that interconnects these three policy issues.

In his studies on poverty, agricultural development and rural income enhancement, Dr. Mapemba has studied tomato, maize and bean whole value chains from farm inputs to consumers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi with the aim of making the value chains effective, efficient and looking at ways to reduce loss along the value chains. He has a number of publications in international journals and has also done research that has fed into government policy formulation in Malawi.

PROJECT OFFICER - Mr. Yamikani Ngongonda

He is a professional in development planning, implementation and monitoring of socio-economic programs. He has knowledge, skills and practice in implementing agriculture and livestock related interventions at country level. Owing to his skills in project management and M&E he led management of reproductive health projects, social marketing and economic development interventions.

He has a passion and dynamic vision of improving the wellbeing of the disadvantaged. He has skills for budgeting and budget monitoring. He is professionally trained to design and develop tools for decision making and progress tracking.