Minister of Foreign Affairs (Malawi)
George Chaponda is a Malawian diplomat and politician who has served as Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2014. He also served in this position under President Bingu wa Mutharika from 2004 to 2205. Subsequently, he served as Minister of Local Government, Minister of Education, and Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Mr. Chaponda held a number of senior positions in Zambia including Chief Executive of a parastal organization. From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Ethiopia. From 2003-2004 he was Chairman of the University Council of the University of Malawi. In 2004 Chaponda entered Malawian politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Mulanje South West. After the elections in May 2009, he was appointed Minister of Education. In 2010 George Chaponda was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.