Meet the Team
Tiwale is a youth-led community-based organization. Our team members volunteer their services. We are all driven by a strong thirst to realize our vision of an innovative, empowered generation of women.
Outreach & Growth Strategist
Madeline lives in Washington, DC and works as a research fellow at a non-profit focused on electoral reform called FairVote. She holds a Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Emory University. Committed to social justice, equal opportunity and women's empowerment, Madeline has been inspired by Tiwale's mission and work since meeting Ellen in 2012. She hopes to use her knowledge of non-profit structure and development as well as her creative spirit to help Tiwale grow and evolve. In her spare time, Madeline teaches cycling classes, knits, and listens to many podcasts.
Business Development and Partnerships
Jasmine Tham holds a Bachelors in International relations, Law and Public Health, with a focus on International Ethics. Jasmine is committed to mending corporate social responsibility with effective and sustainable action to make an impact on emerging market economies and its development. Having been awarded a distinguished honor for her transformative research at the Wilson Center for Women in Public Service and a scholarship for Leadership in Global Policy, she hopes to use these core disciplines as founding pillars and building blocks for comprehensive policy making agendas in the field of international intervention.
Alice Chilemba is a business person with over 20 years of experience. Alice has run multiple businesses across Malawi in fashion, food service, transportation, delivery service, wholesale and retail, and farming. At Tiwlae, she is a trainer in tye dying, sewing and several other skills. As a strong woman, she joined Tiwale to see other women becoming stronger and more independent in life.
Communications & Outreach Support
Tsion Girmay is a junior at Mount Holyoke College pursuing her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and five college certificate in Biomathematics. Passionate about empowering women in underserved communities, Tsion believes in the power of openness, great communication and teamwork in achieving a certain goal. She hopes to play a part in the starting journey Tiwale has begun. Outside of Tiwale, Tsion is a research assistant, an athlete, and a photographer.
Founder & Executive Director
Ellen is passionate about entrepreneurship and development work focusing on Africa. Ellen has participated in the Global Changemakers Global Youth Summit 2011. She is a Glamour Magazine College Woman of the year and is recognized as one of Forbes' Africa 30 Under 30. She is also a Powell Exemplary Leader, a Commonwealth Youth Awardee for Excellence in Development Work, and Ashoka's Future Forward Winner on Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa. Outside Tiwale, Ellen is a DJ, artist, lover of music, fashion and travel.
Vanessa Kalogwire is a student
At Malawi Assemblies God University. She is an entrepreneur passionate about fashion designing and fine art. Vanessa has been involved in several visual art exhibitions in Malawi. She has experience in Jewellery making, drawing and a bit of sewing. Outside slaying, Vanessa enjoys singing, working with children and and studying new ideas. She has joined Tiwale because she believes in sharing ideas and impacting the less privileged to believe in themselves and then become more economically stable through entrepreneurship and skills development