The Dean, Faculty of Commerce
The current dean of the Faculty of Commerce is Dr Kizito Elijah Kanyoma. He has been dean since December 2020. He has previously served as head of the Department of Business Administration between November 2019 and November 2020, and from May to September 2013. Between February 2017 and August 2019, Dr Kanyoma worked as a tutor, lecturer and facilitator on a number of undergraduate academic programmes at the University of Newcastle’s Business School, Australia. He also served as a lecturer and facilitator on Newcastle Business School’s online MBA programme. Having worked with a world class university – the University of Newcastle, which is ranked 197th in the 2021 QS World University rankings (i.e., among the top 1 percent of universities in the world), Dr Kanyoma brings to the faculty valuable expertise and the much-needed global perspective as the Malawi Polytechnic repositions itself to fully embrace a culture of excellence.
A business administration graduate from the University of Malawi—The Polytechnic (2005), he went on to earn a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Bolton, United Kingdom in 2012. He later secured two fully funded PhD scholarships courtesy of the Turkish Government, and the Commonwealth of Australia, the latter, under the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund. In 2018, he successfully completed his doctorate in Management at the University of Newcastle, Australia, majoring in Supply Chain Management and inter-firm collaboration. Professionally, Dr Kanyoma is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transportation (CILT) and locally, the Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (MIPS). As a scholar, Dr Kanyoma has published his research in top ranked journals in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, including in the revered International Journal of Logistics Management.
Before joining the Polytechnic in 2008, Dr Kanyoma worked as a management trainee and later, assistant property manager - commercial, with Knight Frank Malawi Limited. Dr Kanyoma is married with two daughters and adores poetry. He is a committed Catholic.