Dr. John Paul is a renowned development practitioner in the fields of Energy, Rural livelihoods, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts both in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education majoring in Geography from Mzuzu University in Malawi.
He is the founder of “Africa Green Economy”, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Malawi where he currently works as Country Director. Before founding this organization, Dr. Paul worked for other NGOs and recently served as a Project Manager in Total LandCare-Malawi for 5 Years under a Project on Climate Change Resilience funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). He was again the lead researcher responsible for Malawi in the same organization, for the Africa research programme on “Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa” (SAIRLA) which was implemented in Malawi, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Dr. Paul is a Master Trainer in Gender Action Learning System (GALS) a community empowerment methodology which is becoming more popular in many parts of Africa including Malawi. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and research supervision forms part of his assignments at this University. He is hoping to cascade his practical experience to a wider population in the process of building a new Malawi.