Bingu wa Mutharika
President of the Republic of Malawi

Bingu wa Mutharika participated in the World Leaders Forum Head of State Week in September 2007.

His Excellency Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika comes from Kamoto Village in Thyolo, Malawi. He officially became the President of the Republic of Malawi on May 24, 2004.

He holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, U.S. He also holds a M.A. in economics and a B.A. in commerce from the University of Delhi, India.

A distinguished former diplomat, Dr. Mutharika worked from 1990 to 1997 as secretary general of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), formerly Preferential Trade Area (PTA).

As an authority on regional institution building, Dr. Mutharika spearheaded the establishment of several regional economic organizations such as the Association of African Central Banks (AACB), Conference of African Ministers of Finance, African Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AFCCI), and Eastern and Southern Africa Business Organisation (ESABO).

Before becoming secretary general of COMESA, President Mutharika worked for the United Nations where he rose to the position of director for Trade and Development Finance, responsible for 53 African countries.

His political history dates back to the early days of Malawi's Independence. He was one of the people who opposed the authoritarian rule of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Malawi's first dead of state. He also opposed the introduction by the Banda administration of racial discrimination and salary differentiation based on race in the civil service. This inevitably forced him to flee the country for Zambia.

Dr. Mutharika is married to Ethel, daughter of a medical assistant, Dunnet Disi of Disi Village in the area of chief Kuntumaji in Zomba. He has four children.

Participated In

Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi

Date: September 24, 2007 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Low Memorial Library
Description: Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi delivers a keynote address and
participates in a question and answer session with the audience with moderator,
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.