Joyce Hilda Banda is the President of Malawi. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party. An educator and grassroots women's rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and vice-president of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012.
She was previously a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children's Affairs and Community Services. Banda is also the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, the National Association of Business Women, and the Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project.