Umba Zalira


Growing Ambitions Malawi

Umba has over 5 years’ work experience in the nonprofit sector in Malawi and has a passion for youth participation, leadership, women’s health with a special focus on sexual reproductive health and rights, especially for girls and young women. As a Global Health Corp Fellow for the class of 2014-15, Umba was placed at the Ministry of Health-Reproductive Health Directorate, where she co-managed the programs and partnership for the directorate. She is the co-founder of Growing Ambitions, a non-profit organization that provides career guidance and mentorship to girls and young women in the peri-urban areas of Lilongwe city. She is currently working with Theatre for A Change as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, and was recently selected as a Women Deliver Young Leader. Umba is a member of Rotaract Club of Lilongwe, the Young African Feminist Network, and the EmGENDER Network.