Activist | DJ | Producer

Chmba Ellen Chilemba is a DJ, Producer and, education and communications expert having consulted for bodies such as the United Nations, Global Citizen and hosted workshops at Duke University, Mount Holyoke College, University of the Pacific and more. Her journey started at 17 years-old when she founded, Tiwale, a women’s center in Malawi supporting girls/women through economic and entrepreneurial education opportunities to end the vicious cycle of child marriage. Tiwale’s programs have primarily supported over 313 women and girls, and reached 22000+ youth in campaigns. For her work, Chmba was named Forbes’ Africa 30 Under 30, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the Year,, Ashoka Future Forward Winner, Global Citizen Youth Advocate, One Young World Ambassador, Commonwealth Awardee for Excellence in Development and a University of the Pacific Powell Emerging Leader.


Chmba founded Tiwale at 17 years-old to help end the vicious cycle of child marriage in Malawi. Tiwale has since directly supported 313 women and girls and reached 20,000+ youth in campaigns. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Tiwale has distributed over 11000 masks made at their community center prioritizing low-income critical workers, educators and students. 

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Media Highlights

Forbes: This Young African Social Entrepreneur Is Taking Her Social Business to the Next Level

Global Citizen: Countries Pledge to Take Action to Leave No Girl Behind

This Is Africa: Ellen Chilemba: Small loans, big impact

Women in Higher Education: Ellen Chilemba, A New Generation of Leaders

One Campaign: The 21-year-old who is fighting for women’s education in Malawi

Positive.News: Lessons From One of Africa’s Youngest Social Entrepreneurs

Forbes: Africa's Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs, Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 For 2015

Glamour: Meet Glamour Magazine's 2017 College Women of the Year and Our Grand Prize Winner, Ellen Chilemba

Humans of New York: This young woman has moved far past the realm of ideas

Chelsea Clinton: Ellen Chilemba, at the age 20, is already a rising social entrepreneur in her home country of Malawi

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Speaking, Awards & Honors


Neuehouse New York: The Future of Music with Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis Panel Moderator (November 2019)


Chicago Council’s Women, Equity and Development Symposium Speaker and DJ (September 2019)

Women Deliver Conference Speaker, DJ and Panelist (June 2019)

Plan International’s How Girls Get Equal Event Panelist (June 2019)


Panelist at the African Union on behalf of the International Labour Office (April 2019)


African Union Summit Panelist (April 2019)

UN Panelist SDG 4 with President Macron, Prime Minister May and Prime Minister Trudeau (September 2018)


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation SDG Goalkeeper (September 2018)

Rotary Club of New York Guest Speaker (May 2018)

Microsoft CEO Summit Panelist with Warren Buffet (April 2018)


Mount Holyoke College Women of Color Trailblazers Conference 2018 Speaker (April 2018)

World Economic Forum Davos 2018  Panelist  ( January 2018)

One Young World Peace Ambassador (October 2017)


United Nations General Assembly: Universal Health Coverage Forum Speaker (September 2017)

Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the Year Grand Prize Winner   (April 2017)

Venture for America: Smart People Should Build Things Podcast Interview (iTunes download LINK)


Global Citizen Youth Advocate (March 2017)

Real Leaders’s 100 Visionary Leaders 2016 (November 2016)

Mount Holyoke College McCulloch Center for Global Engagement Award (May 2016)

We Are Family Foundation 2016 Humanitarian Award Assigned by Bono (April 2016)

Duke University: Africa Untold - Young Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories Panelist

Lionesses of Africa-38 Women Social Entrepreneurs who made a major impact in Africa in 2015 (January 2016)

Women Deliver and Johnson&Johnson Young Leader (September 2015) 

World Food Programme UNGA’70’s Zero Hunger Youth Panelist (September 2015)

Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 (June 2015)

Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (May 2015)

Pacific University Emerging Leader Award (March 2015)

Ashoka Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa Winner (February 2015)

Global Food Symposium Panelist (May 2013)

Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work (March 2013)

We Are Family Foundation Global Teen Leaders (March 2013)

Global Changemakers Global Youth Summit Delegate (November 2011)

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