Dr Gertrude Sitolo Banda
The Director of Student Affairs
|Served||From December, 2020|
|Qualifications||Ph.D . Food Sc. & Nutr, M.Sc., B.Sc|
The current Dean of Students (Acting) is Dr. Gertrude Cynthia Sitolo-Banda. She graduated with Bachelor of Science degree from University of Malawi – The Polytechnic (2006) and earned a Master of Science degree in Food Science from The University of Melbourne, Australia in 2013. She holds a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition from Hiroshima University, Japan (2020) specializing in food functional science. She is a member of the Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences, Food Science/Technology Section. Her research area of interest is in quality, safety and functionality of food with special emphasis on novel role of plant materials and dietary supplement in maintaining or improving health status of the general population. She has attended several trainings including Biotechnology application in food industry for developing countries in Beijing, China and Quality Management Systems (QMS) in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. Sitolo-Banda is a member of a national committee which advocates for quality and safe food and has served in other technical committees for food standards development. She has also served as a Board member for Consumers Association of Malawi, a non-profit making organization and mouthpiece for consumers in Malawi. Before joining University of Malawi, Dr. Sitolo-Banda worked with Barloworld Plascon (MW) Limited and Globe Group of Companies. She likes travelling appreciating how beautiful the world is, nature.