Professor Bingu Wa Muntharika (2004 - 2012)                     

 

Bingu wa Mutharika was a Malawian politician and economist born on 24 February 1934. He was President of Malawi from May 2004 until his death on 5 April 2012. He was also President of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which he founded in February 2005; DPP obtained a majority in Malawi's parliament in the 2009 general election. During his two terms in office he was noted for being the Chairperson of the African Union in 2010–2012.

 

He did his primary education at Ulongwe Mission and Chingoli, Mulanje, Ntambanyama, Malamulo, in Thyolo and Henri Henderson Institute in Blantyre, Mutharika obtained a Grade a Cambridge Overseas School Leaving Certificate at Dedza Secondary School in 1956. He travelled to India on an Indira Gandhi scholarship for 'fast track' diplomas. In India, Mutharika earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He attended the Delhi School of Economics graduating with a M.A. degree in Economics. He obtained a PhD degree in Development Economics from Pacific Western University.

He also worked at the World Bank as a Loans Officer and at the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, as Director of Trade and Development Finance and as Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), covering 22 Member States.                                

                                                                     

 

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