Meet our Founder & Executive Director
Ellen Chilemba is the Founder and Director at Tiwale Community Based Organization. She was born and raised in Malawi. When she was 16 years old, Ellen received a scholarship to represent Malawi at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. ALA is an institution that seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa as it develops and connects the continent's future leaders. At ALA, Ellen completed a diploma in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and African Studies. This inspired her to take a year off and launch Tiwale when she was 18 years old. For her work with Tiwale, Ellen has been recognized as Glamour Magazine's College Woman of the Year, Forbes' Africa's 30 Under 30, and she is an Ashoka Future Forward Winner, a Commonwealth Youth Awardee for Excellence in Development Work, a Powell Emerging Leader Awardee, Women Deliver Young Leader, Grinspoon Entrepreneur and We Are Family Foundation’s Global Teen Leaders.