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Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi and one of the most powerful women in the world, is giving the 15th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture on Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.) at Texas State’s Alkek Library Teaching Theater.

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Joyce Banda

The lecture is entitled, “Transformational Partnerships in Malawi.” The event is free and open to the public. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Banda is listed by Forbes’ African Magazine (2011) as “Africa’s Third Most Powerful Woman.” In 2013, she is listed as the 6th most powerful black woman in the world. The first five are all located in the United States.

She was first elected to parliament in 2004 under the United Democratic Front (UDF), and she was sworn in as president on April 7, 2012. She served as minister of gender, child welfare and community services (2004-2006) and minister of foreign affairs (2006-2009). In 2009, she was elected vice president of Malawi. In 2011, she formed the People’s Party (PP) following her expulsion from the then-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Banda holds a bachelor of social studies in gender studies from the Atlantic International University and a diploma in management of NGOs from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Centre in Turin, Italy. She is reading for a master of arts in leadership at Royal Roads University in Canada.

She was first elected to parliament in 2004 under the United Democratic Front (UDF). She served as minister of gender, child welfare and community services (2004-2006), minister of foreign affairs (2006-2009) and in 2009 was elected vice president of the Republic of Malawi. In 2011 she formed the People’s Party (PP) following her expulsion from the then-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

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