Malvern Chikanya is the Country Director for Food for the Hungry Uganda. He joined Food for the Hungry in 2017 in the Regional Office, where he served as the Regional Grants Advisor and later promoted to become the Deputy Regional Director for Africa. At the beginning of 2019; he took up leadership of Food for the Hungry Uganda. Prior to joining Food for the Hungry, Malvern was the Regional Representative for a Dutch INGO covering Burundi, DRC and Rwanda. Malvern has over 10 years extensive experience in leading the delivery of international development programs in Africa, Eastern and Central Europe.
As the Country Director for Food for the Hungry Uganda, Malvern provides leadership to all FHU programs and is responsible for driving the country strategy. After spending the last 8 years providing leadership at regional level; this role gives him an opportunity to re-connect with field operations. Malvern is drawn to FH’s CFCT model, particularly the emphasis on evidence-based community graduation and the belief that communities can be empowered to reach their God given potential and address own challenges.
Malvern has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe and Masters in Development, Environment and Policy from Sussex University, UK. He has a keen interest in evidence-based resilience programming, organizational development notably cross-cultural learning and leadership. He lives in Kampala with his wife and two children.
He says, “Being part of such a diverse team, from different cultures across many countries; yet there is a common conviction of a family energized by the Heartbeat and a collective quest to see communities graduate from extreme poverty.”